It’s more than just a rural GP shortage: challenging a dominant construction of the rural health workforce ‘problem’


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Christina Malatzky
1 PhD, Associate Professor *

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Catherine Cosgrave
1 PhD, Adjunct, Senior Research Fellow ORCID logo

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Anna Moran
2 PhD, CEO and Founder

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Susan A Waller
3 PhDMPhty, Assistant Professor ORCID logo

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Hazel Dalton
4 PhD, Senior Research Fellow in Rural Public Health ORCID logo


1 School of Public Health & Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4053, Australia

2 Unplex, Australia

3 Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4 Rural Health Research Institute, Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW 2800, Australia

ACCEPTED: 9 June 2024

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Keywords: rural health workforce, GP/doctor shortage discourse, Allied Health Professions, nursing scope of practice, systemic health inequities, workforce maldistribution, rural health policy, Australian healthcare models, community-responsive care, multidisciplinary team care