Skip to main content

Table 2 Factors most likely to encourage students to work rurally

From: Where do students in the health professions want to work?

   Top influencing factor % saying "encourage" % saying "strongly encourage"
Age <21 Career opportunities 33% 33%
  21–24 Type of work 18% 53%
  25–29 Cost of accommodation
Type of work
21%
21%
65%
65%
  30+ Environment for raising children 0% 60%
Sex Males Cost of living 38% 48%
  Females Type of work 28% 41%
Children Yes Environment for raising children 0% 83%
  No Type of work 25% 48%
Discipline Medicine Cost of accommodation
Challenge
28%
39%
44%
39%
  Nursing Type of work 6% 56%
  Allied health Career opportunities 56% 38%
Regional background Population
>100 000
Type of work
Cost of accommodation
Cost of living
33%
19%
29%
43%
48%
43%
  25 000–100 000 Challenge 42% 42%
  10 000–24 999 Type of work 0% 83%
  <10 000 Rural lifestyle/culture 30% 40%
Ethnicity Australian/NZ Type of work 15% 57%
  Asian Challenge 33% 50%
  European Cost of accommodation 0% 75%