NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Melinda Pavey have used a visit to the North Coast to launch a discussion paper looking at ways of securing GPs for regional communities.
The discussion paper, Securing a Stable Medical Workforce for NSW Rural Communities, backs a rural generalist training program and rural pathway for GP training in NSW.
“The provision of a generalist training program for rural GPs was an important election commitment for the NSW Government and I am very pleased to deliver on that today,” Mrs Skinner said.
“It’s a priority of mine to ensure NSW has a strong and sustainable medical workforce to meet the healthcare needs of rural communities.
“The NSW pathway for rural general practice training is designed to provide medical graduates with a structured training program which balances community general practice exposure with rural hospital experience.”
Ms Pavey said the government wanted more medical graduates to choose rural and procedural general practice as their preferred training and career choice.
“A structured and supported training experience is fundamental to trainees choosing rural and procedural general practice and going on to provide health services in rural communities and hospitals upon the completion of their training program,” Mrs Pavey said.
The government will be accepting feedback from medicos until Friday, September 2.