Current Research Projects
Medical Speciality Decision-Making Study
This project has drawn together findings from a contextual analysis, focus groups and a survey to better understand the perceptions of rural general practice and general practice in comparison to other specialties, and the factors that influence specialty decision-making for medical students, junior doctors and specialists in training. Triangulation of results across the project showed strong agreement, which assists to strengthen the overall key messages and combat the limitations of individual study parts. The final model of specialty decision-making highlights the important contextual information, experiences and messaging, perceptions and decision-making criteria being used to inform specialty choice. This information can be used to understand why applications to the rural pathway, and general practice training more broadly, are decreasing. Finally, the opportunities presented should be used to generate discussion and inform future strategy.