Current Australian general practice workforce shortages need to be addressed. Recent increases in medical undergraduate numbers appear to taking a significant step toward addressing this problem in the medium to long term.1 A significant proportion of these new cohorts will need to be interested and enrolled in general practice postgraduate training programs. Retention in both the profession and practice is essential to provide the clinical services demanded by the community where the regional training is located.
Current general practitioner shortages
need to be addressed, especially
in areas of need. This study was
designed to investigate which registrar
characteristics were associated with
retention in the field of general practice
(and in the region of training).
The authors performed a retrospective
cohort study of people who entered
general practice training in Tasmania
from 1995–2005, and included a crosssectional survey conducted between
November 2008 and April 2009 that
assessed the association between
baseline characteristics and current field
of practice and practice location.
Fifty-four percent of the cohort was
working in general practice in Tasmania
at the time of the survey. General
practice registrars were more likely to
be a GP working in Tasmania if they
were nonmedically partnered (OR 14.42,
p=0.001). They were also more likely to
be living in Tasmania if they were older
(OR 1.47, p=0.029) or nonmedically
partnered (OR 23.4, p=0.014).
Regional training providers may best
be able to serve their training region
by addressing the specific needs of the
general practice registrar family unit.
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