I am able to give this talk and to undertake this research largely because of the efforts of one person, Dr Bruce Dalway Shepherd AM, Chairman of the Australian Doctors' Fund. Dr Shepherd, the brother of a rural GP, was born and educated in Tamworth. He has never stopped working for better rural practice, using his own money and money he has raised from colleagues he established the Australian Doctors' Fund which has constantly advocated solutions and identified non-solutions to the improvement of rural practice in Australia.

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