Medical school needed in regional Australia

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Murray Darling Medical School executive director Mark Burdack.

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Murray Darling Medical School executive director Mark Burdack.

SUPPORTERS of the proposed Murray Darling Medical School have seized on new figures that show less than 18 per cent of final-year medical students intend to work in rural or regional practice after graduation.

Murray Darling Medical School is a joint initiative between Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University seeking to start a new medical school in regional NSW.

Executive director Mark Burdack said the findings of the latest Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand report showed the need for a regional school. “We know that at present fewer than 10 per cent of graduates from typical metropolitan medical schools actually move into rural practice each year, so good intentions don’t always translate into practice,” he said.

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