In Australia, the provision of adequate medical services to a dispersed population is considered a matter of social justice and is an issue in which our politicians are currently taking a keen interest. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons accepts that it has a responsibility to train adequately equipped surgeons in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of our communities. The college now sees as an important task recruiting and training surgeons to live in rural and regional communities. Adding to the urgency of the task is the impending retirement of a considerable number of surgeons currently practicing in these areas, an issue noted in the article as occurring in at least some parts of the United States.
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