Rural WA GPs on the rise

An annual survey of GPs by medical workforce agency Rural Health West (RHW) found numbers had increased by 6% from 699 in 2011 to 741 in November 2012.

Fly-in, fly-out doctors made up 20 of the additional GPs, while 19 registrars had also commenced work in rural and remote WA since the previous survey.

The greatest beneficiaries of rising GP numbers were the Kimberley and Pilbara mining regions, which attracted more than half of the new recruits. However, the Goldfields-Midwest Medicare Local lost 13 doctors.

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