February AJRH: The power of a country upbringing in the rural health workforce

Monday, 1 March 2021
AJRH Australian Journal of Rural Health Feb 2021

The latest issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health offers original research investigating rural health workforce factors. These research papers demonstrate that there are strong associations between having a rural background and being willing and able to practice rurally for health professionals-in-training.

One paper (open access) finds positive associations between students of rural origin and rural placements among nursing and allied health students at two Australian universities. Another original research paper (open access) outlines a national study examining factors associated with medical students’ interest and intentions for working in a remote or very remote location as a doctor.

After a year of emergency health responses to COVID-19, Editor in Chief Russell Roberts commends the individuals and organisations involved Australia’s rural health profession for their leadership in advocating good public health policy during the pandemic.

For more information about the AJRH, visit the website or contact [email protected]. The Journal is also on Twitter—head to @AusJRuralHealth for the latest.

One paper (open access) finds positive associations between students of rural origin and rural placements among nursing and allied health students at two Australian universities. The odds of country students undertaking a rural placement was more than 4.5 times greater than their fellow students from urban areas.

Another original research paper (open access) outlines a national study looking at factors associated with medical students’ interest and intentions for working in a remote or very remote location as a doctor.

In our cover story, a study of rural aged care residents with dementia (original research) finds a personalised music program is an effective, low‐cost intervention to improve quality of life. Personalised music positively influenced resident's behaviour and well‐being, social interaction and the workplace environment and culture, and served as a useful tool for personalised care.

In the Alliance piece this issue, Colette Coleman looks at the strategic synergy between a proposed National Rural Health Strategy and the Australian Government’s Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan to be released in the context of the 2021-22 Federal Budget in May.

After a year of emergency health responses to COVID-19, Editor in Chief Russell Roberts commends the individuals and organisations involved Australia’s rural health profession for their leadership in advocating good public health policy during the pandemic.

For more information about the Journal, visit the website or contact [email protected]. The Journal is also on Twitter—head to @AusJRuralHealth for the latest.