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Special Issue "Rural Health Workforce"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Dr. Matthew McGrail Website E-Mail
Rural Clinical School, University of Queensland, Rockhampton, QLD 4700, Australia
Interests: rural health workforce; access to health care; health services research; GIS methodologies in health; health workforce policy/incentives; recruitment, retention and mobility
Rural communities contribute greatly to each nation’s economic outcomes, as well as their environmental and cultural diversity. A strong rural health workforce, particularly supporting public health and primary prevention, is a vital component of improving rural population health and rural communities. As such, governments and clinicians strive to support a workforce that meets the needs of rural populations, through interventions across selection, education, regulation, incentives or support. However, the rural environment introduces many health workforce and service challenges and, to date, most of the research about rural health is descriptive and localised, rather than delineating what works.
This Special Issue of IJERPH focuses on evaluative research that informs outcomes of strategies to build a rural health workforce for meeting the needs of rural populations. Submissions are welcome on topics relating to those keywords listed below. In particular, we seek evidence of interventions that demonstrate improved health workforce outcomes of training and development, increased critical mass of health workers to service particular needs, increased health worker distribution or improved health worker retention and applications of new health workforce service models to meet demand. We welcome research from all healthcare disciplines and settings.
Dr. Matthew McGrail
Dr. Belinda O'Sullivan
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Rural health workforce
- Scope of practice
- Access equity
- Workforce training models
- Models of practice
- Rural policy evaluation
- Workforce retention and mobility
- Rural training pathways