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'I hate cities': spatial and social connectedness for rural and remote health care professionals

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Spinaze, AC, 'I hate cities': spatial and social connectedness for rural and remote health care professionals, 10th National Rural Health Conference Proceedings, 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, pp. 1-3. ISBN 1 921219 15 7 (2009) [Conference Extract]

Abstract

In 2003 I undertook a small qualitative study looking at Tasmanian rural health professionals’ reasons for ‘going rural’ and ‘staying rural’. Recruitment and retention literature of the time appeared to deemphasise factors highly influential in personal decision-making: issues of identity, culture, and experience; in-depth discussions of rural ‘lifestyle’, background or training. The importance of lifestage (including partnering, partner and family influences) also seemed disguised, and individual experience of communities and environments downplayed. The research examined connections, interactions and overlap between personal and professional identities, lifestages and lifestyles, preferred ‘place’ and choice of work location.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural Sociology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Spinaze, AC (Ms Anna Spinaze)
ID Code:57601
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2009-07-28
Last Modified:2010-06-09
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