Remote area healthcare placements hit 1000 mark

THE Remote Area Health Corps recently notched its 1000th short-term health professional placement into remote Indigenous communities.

But acting general manager Philip Roberts says opportunities remain for GPs to expand their skills and experience.

The corps was established three years ago to recruit urban health professionals, including GPs, registered nurses, midwives, and dental and allied health professionals to provide primary healthcare on short-term paid assignments in remote Indigenous health centres in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowden congratulated the corps on the work it had done to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ensuring remote communities had access to professional healthcare.

Mr Roberts said the corps was becoming better known among primary care workers and more than 70% of placements were filled by practitioners undertaking two or more placements, but GPs were still