"a bandaid on a broken program"

Last week the Health Insurance Amendment (Enhancing the Bonded Medical Program and Other Measures) Bill 2021 was debated in Parliament. Whilst the amendment increases flexibility for BMP participants, it is a bandaid on a broken program. Over the past 20 years the Bonded Medical Program (BMP) has failed to address workforce maldistribution. There is no evidence that doctors stay rural after their Return of Service Obligation (RoSO), or even complete their RoSO. We're calling on doctors and medical students to call their MPs and Senators requesting an urgent review of the BMP. A senate inquiry would be a powerful avenue for this review, so that we can start building a more effective rural training pathway that serves Australia's rural communities.