GP groups unite to call for workforce fixes

With new assistant health minister Senator Fiona Nash set to open the Rural Medicine Australia 2013 conference hosted by the RDAA and ACRRM in Cairns tomorrow, United General Practice Australia said the Coalition government must make a priority of directing more GP training places to areas of need.

“This must be backed by significant increases to GP supervisor and training capacity, combined with attractive models to encourage junior doctors to undertake general practitioner training,” said UGPA, of which the RDAA and ACRRM are members. 

The federal government’s commitment to double the PIP payment for GP training and invest $52 million in GP training grants for rural and remote areas were positive, it said, but “these measures must be significantly expanded in order to provide high quality training for the future generation of doctors and meet the needs of patients and communities”.