Research Letter

Female doctors in the bush: national estimates of mobility among female general practitioners in Australia across the urban–rural gradient


Soumya Mazumdar1 PhD, Epidemiologist and Cojoint Senior Lecturer *

Ian S McRae2 PhD, Research Fellow


1 Population Health Intelligence, Healthy People and Places Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District, New South Wales Health, Locked Bag 7279, Liverpool, NSW 1871, Australia; and South Western Sydney Clinical School, University Of New South Wales, Goulburn Street, Liverpool, NSW 2170, Australia

2 Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

ACCEPTED: 1 July 2019

early abstract:

A comprehensive registry database of GPs and data linkage was used to investigate mobility patterns of female GPs across remoteness categories. This study shows that on average more female GPs leave practices annually (8.4%) than male GPs (6.8%) and an overall drift exists from rural to urban areas.