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Table 8 Recommendations

From: Retention of allied health professionals in rural New South Wales: a thematic analysis of focus group discussions

Engage local communities to help attract and retain rural AH professionals
Provide access to universities in regional centres
Increase access to CPD through travel subsidy, locum backfill and management support
Encourage development of regional professional networks
Invest in infrastructure and IT support for online education, and develop blended learning models to deliver CPD while also addressing professional isolation
Support extended practice roles for rural AH professionals, as well as enhancing opportunities for career progression appropriate to life stage
Address workplace culture and provide stress management training & personal support to rural AH professionals
Train allied health managers, and increase their role in decision making for resource deployment and service delivery design
Preserve some access to clinical practice for allied health managers