The Rural Doctors Association are again calling for government intervention to prevent doctors leaving rural areas for the city.
Recent changes to ‘priority area’ status means more overseas trained doctors no longer need to work in rural and remote areas.
RDAA President, Dr Megan Belot, said that the policy change was a travesty and will see many rural and remote communities left without care.
Dr Belot added, “As quickly as it was announced, city medical practices started targeting doctors in rural areas to move to cities".
The RDAA say they will soon be meeting with the government to discuss several regional health workforce issues.