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Monday, 21 November 2011
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(Question No. 658)

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 12 October 2011:

In respect of the GP Super Clinics Program, as at 30 September 2011, how many (a) GPs, (b) allied health workers, (c) practice nurses, and (d) GP Registrars, were working in operational clinics.

Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Please note that the numbers reported by the GP Super Clinics for the workforce providing services at each operational clinic are presented as full time equivalents (FTE). The number of individuals comprising this workforce is substantially greater.

(a) As at end September 2011, there were a total of 93.8 FTE general practitioners providing services at the 15 operational clinics.

(b) and (c) As at end September 2011, the 15 operational clinics reported that a total of 108.0 FTE allied health professionals and nursing staff were providing a wide range of health care services for their local communities.

(d) Clinical practice placements for GP Registrars are of limited duration and reporting at a point in time will underreport the total number of GP Registrar placements. Of the 15 GP Super Clinics operational at the end of September 2011, seven GP Super Clinics had already provided one or more placements for GP Registrars. Additional Clinics are in the process of obtaining the requisite accreditation to host GP Registrars.