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21 Oct 2017

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) welcomes the announcement of Professor Paul Worley as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner. Professor Worley’s appointment was today announced at the Rural Medicine Australia conference in Melbourne. He brings a wealth of experience to the newly created role, with a background in both clinical medicine and academia in rural South Australia.


The National Rural Health Commissioner’s role will largely be in improving rural health policy, with Professor Worley focusing on the workforce maldistribution, and rural and regional training pathways. “I am confident that this will be a way of bringing together groups that have been engaged in rural health advocacy, in research, [and] in training development”, Professor Worley said, “to achieve what has been the aspiration for a couple of decades - a sustainable workforce for rural Australia”.


Co-Chair of AMSA Rural Health and final year medical student, Jenna Mewburn, stated: “Professor Worley’s appointment to this role will benefit students and junior doctors immensely. I’m excited to hear of Professor Worley’s dedication to rural and regional training pathways, including a national rural generalist pathway.


“As a future rural doctor who wants to remain rurally to complete my training, long term training pathways outside of metropolitan areas are the key to attracting and retaining young doctors like me,” said Ms Mewburn.

AMSA President, Rob Thomas, today stated, “It’s great to see the appointment of this commissioner. There are a lot of moving parts within addressing rural health needs, and Professor Worley’s work will help to coordinate a collaborative approach. We look forward to his work, particularly on the development of a national rural generalist pathway.”

Media Contacts:

Isabella Gosper


Phone: 0416 816 830


Jenna Mewburn


Phone: 0421 912 595


Published: 21 Oct 2017