Australia: new research on rural placement and scope of practice

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Recent research in Australia reveals several benefits of rural healthcare placements for students. The research found a link between rural placement and rural practice intention and principal place of practice. Students in rural placements reported advantages of being able to practice at the top of their scope of practice, a more collaborative and interdisciplinary practice environment, as well as an opportunity to learn about First Nations culture and healthcare needs. A new "Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes" study is being undertaken to "understand why nursing, midwifery, and allied health graduates choose to work in metropolitan or rural, regional or remote settings."

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