Authors: Deb Zwolsman, QLD
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Integrating Community Services
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper discusses what the impacts of ‘reaching out’ and ‘connecting’ to communities can have on new clinicians who are working in rural and remote areas. The difficulties of recruitment and retention of allied health staff in rural and remote areas, is a well-published phenomena in Australia (Battye and McTaggart, 2003). Health Services in rural and remote areas are often staffed with clinicians who are relatively new and inexperienced and who are often the sole practitioner in an area with limited or no local professional support or supervision (Queensland Health, 2000). A clinician who has worked in rural and remote areas as a relatively new clinician in NSW, will relate their experience of this. The themes of responsibility, guilt, support, resources, and complexity will be explored in this narrative of new clinician’s experiences working in rural and remote areas.