Melbourne council appeal: Plibersek, help us attract GPs

The health centre was to form a wing of the $3 million community hub being built at Laverton by Hobsons Bay Council; the council planned to contract Westgate Health Co-operative to recruit up to 10 GPs and manage the centre.

But the plans were thrown into disarray in February when the health department removed the district of workforce shortage (DWS) classification from Laverton and surrounding suburbs, which would allow overseas trained doctors to be recruited without serving out the 10-year moratorium.

Co-operative general manager Dianne Batterham said the not-for-profit organisation and the