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Date posted: 23 May 2011
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is meeting in Darwin this week to discuss ways aimed at closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
'More temporary or permanent placings in remote areas is one of the best ways to close the gap' says the organisations' president Professor John Kolbe.
'All physicians and paediatricians and other specialists of this college... need to commit to making a contribution to closing that gap,' he said.
Experience in remote areas of Australia is a significant factor for doctors to return or continue as specialists in remote settings.