The Swedish working group
Swedish Group statement
We are a group of experts, researchers, practitioners and managers that are devoting our time to make this work. After 7 years of collaboration, and many more years of research and practice, we have a very strong understanding of the challenges rural communities are facing.
We are very aware of what strategies rural communities could be investing in and implementing to improve recruitment and retention. While we know that recruitment and retention will continue to be a challenge, and there is no perfect solution, we also know that the situation can be improved through learning from the experiences that we have had.
Swedish Team Member Biography
The Swedish Centre for Rural Medicine
Dean believes that even small rural communities have more capacity to attract high quality workers than they often think they do.
Dean has worked on research projects in Australia, Canada, Austria and Scotland advising rural communities about ‘what works’ in attracting and keeping key staff for health and education services. Dean has edited and authored several books and academic papers about his experiences.
Dean is inspired to help communities identify what they can do for themselves to improve quality of life and create exciting and vibrant futures.
Dean has a PhD from Southern Cross University in Australia, and himself supervises several PhD students interested in the future of small rural communities.
The Swedish Centre for Rural Medicine (GMC)
Peter is a specialist in general practice. He is an awarded physician with an impact on healthcare at the national arena.
Peter believes that his work in rural medicine is of great importance for people living in remote and rural areas as well as people in larger centres, who can benefit from solutions created in remote Sweden.
Peter was born and lives in a small rural town where he has been working as a GP for more than 25 years. During that time he has come to know his patients and the people living in the area. He is inspired by them and can see the potential in working together with the local community in order to build best possible healthcare for the population. GMC acts ”for remote, in remote”.