Yes, we do have a distribution problem. I think we referred to it very briefly when we said rural, remote, northern, and aboriginal communities. Those are the areas that are hurting the most.
We have tried to put some targeted programs, especially at the clinical placement level, in those areas, and it helps. But one of the issues with providing clinical placements in rural/remote areas is travel, etc. It's kind of a double-edged sword.
That would be where we are with the shortage of dietitians, and it did come out in our workforce survey.
I think the point made by the medical folks was that if we had a better handle on this, and they quoted some statistics, we'd be able to better address the issue. We did a point-in-time survey, which is the only data we have to measure that.
I'm not sure where you're from. In Newfoundland, for instance—I'm doing some work in Newfoundland currently—there are a lot of areas that are rural/remote, and all of our training is centred in one area. We're trying to move the training out, but again, the students have limited funds to travel to rural or remote placements.