Trainees bring hope for end to WA GP shortage

Ms Plibersek told parliament recently the 97 GP vacancies in the state, up from 62 in August last year, would gradually be filled by GPs currently in training.

“We have substantially increased GP training places and we have substantially increased investment in post-medical school places to train GPs, but those students take a while to come through the system,” she said.

“In March 2010, $345 million was set aside for general practice training [and] 50% of that is undertaken in rural areas.“That investment will deliver an additional 5500 GPs by 2020.”

AMA (WA) president Dr David Mountain said WA had faced a “constant struggle” to find GPs to work in rural areas but the government could be proud of the investment it had made in GP education and training.

“I do think there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Dr Mountain said. “I think the story is likely to turn around over the next