Rural Health Workforce


Research Overview

Rural areas in Australia and the Western world struggle to recruit and retain a health workforce equipped to meet the needs of rural residents. This research stream investigates the recruitment and retention of the rural workforce as well as the training of rural health professionals. The work of this research group focuses on four areas that investigate the training of the future workforce as well as the workforce needs and related issues:

  • Medical education in rural areas
  • Nursing and allied health training in rural areas
  • Workforce needs in northern Victoria
  • Recruitment to and retention of rural health professionals in rural areas


Prof. Julian Wright

Dr Cath Cosgrave, Research Fellow

Rebecca Caygill

Mia Peardon

Dr. Daniel Terry, Research Fellow

Dr Helen Haines, Director, Rural Health Academic Network, Department of Rural Health

Ms Kaye Ervin

Ms Cynthia Opie

Prof. Lisa Bourke


Australian Government Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

Research Projects

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Research Fellow Dr Cath Cosgrave

Department / Centre

Rural Health

Unit / Centre

Rural Health Workforce

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