Changes planned for system to entice doctors to rural areas

RURAL doctors have welcomed the Federal Government's intention to change the classification system they say has made it harder for rural areas to attract doctors.

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia president Sheilagh Cronin said rural centres suffered under the current system as the same resources went to larger regional cities such as Townsville.

"The classification system is used to encourage doctors to work in rural and remote communities that may face challenges attracting and retaining a medical workforce otherwise," Dr Cronin said.

The government announced it planned to improve the classification system in a review into health workforce programs.