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Some 450 rural and regional towns receive boosts to attract Doctors



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Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Assistant Minister for Health Senator for New South Wales Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 7440

MEDIA RELEASE

24 May 2015

SOME 450 RURAL AND REGIONAL TOWNS RECEIVE BOOST TO ATTRACT DOCTORS

Some 450 rural and regional towns will receive greater incentives to attract GPs from July 1, under changes announced by Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash today.

Speaking at the National Rural Health conference in Darwin, Minister Nash announced an overhauled and much fairer GP Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) which means smaller rural communities would be able to more easily attract and retain GPs.

Under the old system introduced by the previous Labor Government in 2010, some $50 million a year was being used to pay incentives for doctors to live in 14 large regional cities, including Townsville (population 175,000) and Cairns (population 145,000).

The system created incentives for doctors to remain in well-serviced cities which had little trouble attracting doctors.

An independent expert panel consulted with stakeholders before compiling a report for the Minister, using the new Modified Monash Model to classify rural and regional towns and cities. Minister Nash thanked the panel for its work.

"The new GPRIP system will deliver a fairer system for smaller towns; redirecting money to attract more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors," Minister Nash said.

"It makes more sense to use that money to attract doctors to where the greatest shortages are - small rural and remote communities, not big regional cities.

"This means bigger incentive payments will go to doctors who choose to work in the areas of greatest need.

"We've taken money which was being used to attract doctors to cities like Cairns and Townsville and we're using it to get doctors to towns like Cowra and Cobram.

"For decades, Australia's small rural towns have struggled to attract enough doctors. This change is one way we're tackling that. As a proud rural Australian, I'm pleased to have been able to deliver this important reform."

The new GP rural incentive payment will not be available to doctors working in the

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14 large regional cities with a population of more than 50,000.

The highest incentive paid to work in remote Australia will jump from $47,000 a year to $60,000 a year. The maximum incentive to work in a town of less than 5000 in regional Australia will increase from $18,000 to $23,000.

Other changes include: Doctors will be able to take leave from a rural practice for up to five years with no loss of incentive status on their return;

Four existing programs have been streamlined into a single GPRIP retention payment;

and doctors will need to stay in a rural or regional area longer - two years up from the current six months - before they receive the incentive.

Doctors in remote areas will receive incentive payments after a year.

The new incentive arrangements will start from 1 July 2015.

More information and the expert panel report are available at ruralhealthaustralia.gov.au

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@health.gov.au

Find attached the list of towns that will receive higher incentives under the redesigned GPRIP

UCL (Town) Name State ERP (2013) MMM RA

Ararat Victoria 7045 4 2

Batemans Bay New South Wales 11862 4 2

Beaudesert Queensland 5828 4 2

Benalla Victoria 9382 4 2

Byron Bay New South Wales 5578 4 2

Camden Haven New South Wales 7391 4 2

Casino New South Wales 9949 4 2

Castlemaine Victoria 9371 4 2

Cobram Victoria 5517 4 2

Colac Victoria 11674 4 2

Collie Western Australia 7466 4 2

Cooma New South Wales 6607 4 2

Cootamundra New South Wales 5818 4 2

Corowa - Wahgunyah New South Wales 5622 4 2

Cowra New South Wales 8405 4 2

Dalby Queensland 11728 4 2

Deniliquin New South Wales 6687 4 2

Drouin Victoria 10380 4 2

Echuca - Moama Victoria 12924 4 2

Gatton Queensland 6542 4 2

Hamilton Victoria 9257 4 2

Echuca - Moama New South Wales 4542 4 2

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Suffolk Park New South Wales 3950 4 2

Portarlington Victoria 3393 4 2

Anna Bay New South Wales 3045 4 2

Vincentia New South Wales 3029 4 2

Macedon Victoria 2749 4 2

Malua Bay New South Wales 2192 4 2

Rutherglen Victoria 2145 4 2

Aberdeen New South Wales 1988 4 2

Yarrawonga - Mulwala New South Wales 1976 4 2

Shoal Bay New South Wales 1970 4 2

Bunyip Victoria 1890 4 2

Bangalow New South Wales 1735 4 2

Fingal Bay New South Wales 1590 4 2

Barooga New South Wales 1513 4 2

Basin View New South Wales 1476 4 2

Long Beach New South Wales 1427 4 2

Old Erowal Bay New South Wales 1369 4 2

Boat Harbour New South Wales 1306 4 2

Milton New South Wales 1258 4 2

Gleneagle Queensland 1183 4 2

Longwarry Victoria 1133 4 2

Frederickton New South Wales 1112 4 2

Kempsey New South Wales 10802 4 2

Kilmore Victoria 6568 4 2

Kingaroy Queensland 10311 4 2

Kyabram Victoria 5801 4 2

Lithgow New South Wales 11727 4 2

Margaret River Western Australia 6091 4 2

Maryborough Victoria 7278 4 2

Mudgee New South Wales 10716 4 2

Muswellbrook New South Wales 11759 4 2

Nelson Bay - Corlette New South Wales 11836 4 2

Northam Western Australia 7435 4 2

Salamander Bay - Soldiers Point New South Wales 5440 4 2

Sale Victoria 13119 4 2

Seymour Victoria 6005 4 2

Singleton New South Wales 14605 4 2

St Georges Basin - Sanctuary Point New South Wales 9837 4 2

Stawell Victoria 5720 4 2

Tumut New South Wales 6350 4 2

Ulladulla New South Wales 12824 4 2

Warragul Victoria 13599 4 2

Warwick Queensland 14236 4 2

Wonthaggi Victoria 7640 4 2

Yamba New South Wales 6255 4 2

Yarrawonga - Mulwala Victoria 7169 4 2

Yass New South Wales 5958 4 2

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Young New South Wales 7317 4 2

Adelong New South Wales 1015 5 2

Aireys Inlet - Fairhaven Victoria 1092 5 2

Alexandra Victoria 2404 5 2

Allora Queensland 1050 5 2

Angaston South Australia 1982 5 2

Apollo Bay Victoria 1125 5 2

Arrawarra New South Wales 1549 5 2

Augusta Western Australia 1125 5 2

Balaklava South Australia 1922 5 2

Ballan Victoria 2202 5 2

Bargo New South Wales 3229 5 2

Beaufort Victoria 1091 5 2

Beechworth Victoria 2912 5 2

Blayney New South Wales 2998 5 2

Boddington - Ranford Western Australia 1276 5 2

Boonah Queensland 2635 5 2

Boorowa New South Wales 1347 5 2

Braidwood New South Wales 1293 5 2

Bridgetown Western Australia 1639 5 2

Broadford Victoria 3599 5 2

Broulee - Mossy Point New South Wales 2028 5 2

Brunswick Heads New South Wales 1587 5 2

Bulahdelah New South Wales 1221 5 2

Bundanoon New South Wales 2686 5 2

Bundeena New South Wales 2096 5 2

Bungendore New South Wales 3016 5 2

Buxton New South Wales 1696 5 2

Camperdown Victoria 2940 5 2

Canowindra New South Wales 1644 5 2

Cape Woolamai Victoria 1668 5 2

Childers Queensland 1584 5 2

Chiltern Victoria 1153 5 2

Clifton Queensland 1261 5 2

Clunes Victoria 1412 5 2

Cobden Victoria 1554 5 2

Coolamon New South Wales 1702 5 2

Cooloola Village Queensland 2669 5 2

Coraki New South Wales 1308 5 2

Corindi Beach New South Wales 1247 5 2

Cowes Victoria 4510 5 2

Crescent Head New South Wales 1038 5 2

Crookwell New South Wales 2202 5 2

Crows Nest Queensland 1740 5 2

Culburra Beach - Orient Point New South Wales 3422 5 2

Culcairn New South Wales 1229 5 2

Daylesford - Hepburn Springs Victoria 3521 5 2

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Denman New South Wales 1592 5 2

Donnybrook Western Australia 2502 5 2

Dungog New South Wales 2274 5 2

Emu Park Queensland 4215 5 2

Esk Queensland 1334 5 2

Euroa Victoria 2814 5 2

Evans Head New South Wales 2836 5 2

Finley New South Wales 1985 5 2

Foster Victoria 1164 5 2

Freeling South Australia 1626 5 2

Garfield Victoria 1172 5 2

Gingin Western Australia 1099 5 2

Glenwood Queensland 1278 5 2

Gloucester New South Wales 2432 5 2

Gulmarrad New South Wales 1429 5 2

Gundagai New South Wales 2007 5 2

Harden - Murrumburrah New South Wales 2074 5 2

Harrington New South Wales 2453 5 2

Harvey Western Australia 2879 5 2

Hawks Nest New South Wales 1240 5 2

Heathcote Victoria 1786 5 2

Heyfield Victoria 1465 5 2

Holbrook New South Wales 1386 5 2

Howlong New South Wales 2455 5 2

Iluka New South Wales 1775 5 2

Indented Head Victoria 1031 5 2

Inverloch Victoria 4694 5 2

Junee New South Wales 4666 5 2

Kandos New South Wales 1346 5 2

Kapunda South Australia 2777 5 2

Karuah New South Wales 1150 5 2

Kensington Grove - Regency Downs Queensland 4465 5 2

Kilcoy Queensland 1934 5 2

Callala Bay New South Wales 3147 5 2

Kooralbyn Queensland 1563 5 2

Korumburra Victoria 3488 5 2

Kyneton Victoria 4707 5 2

Kyogle New South Wales 2953 5 2

Laidley Queensland 3603 5 2

Laidley Heights Queensland 1258 5 2

Strathalbyn South Australia 5683 5 2

Lancefield Victoria 1345 5 2

Scone New South Wales 5482 5 2

Nuriootpa South Australia 5450 5 2

Lang Lang Victoria 1143 5 2

Leongatha Victoria 5185 5 2

Woolgoolga New South Wales 5051 5 2

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Lemon Tree Passage New South Wales 2685 5 2

Lorne Victoria 1065 5 2

Maclean New South Wales 2680 5 2

Macleay Island Queensland 2694 5 2

Maffra Victoria 4356 5 2

Maldon Victoria 1316 5 2

Maleny Queensland 2731 5 2

Mannum South Australia 2323 5 2

Millgrove Victoria 1613 5 2

Millmerran Queensland 1427 5 2

Mirboo North Victoria 1667 5 2

Molong New South Wales 1886 5 2

Moruya New South Wales 2619 5 2

Mount Morgan Queensland 2677 5 2

Mullumbimby New South Wales 3395 5 2

Murrumbateman New South Wales 1955 5 2

Myrtleford Victoria 2731 5 2

Nagambie Victoria 1617 5 2

Nanango Queensland 3813 5 2

Nathalia Victoria 1464 5 2

Normanville South Australia 1382 5 2

Numurkah Victoria 3863 5 2

Oakey Queensland 4627 5 2

Oberon New South Wales 2587 5 2

Ocean Shores New South Wales 4353 5 2

Pittsworth Queensland 3182 5 2

Plainland Queensland 1138 5 2

Port Fairy Victoria 2986 5 2

Portland New South Wales 1921 5 2

Rainbow Beach Queensland 1139 5 2

Rochester Victoria 2707 5 2

Romsey Victoria 3809 5 2

Rosedale Victoria 1192 5 2

Rushworth Victoria 1021 5 2

San Remo Victoria 1113 5 2

Smiths Lake New South Wales 1169 5 2

South Golden Beach New South Wales 2076 5 2

St Leonards Victoria 2172 5 2

Stratford Victoria 1727 5 2

Sussex Inlet New South Wales 3367 5 2

Tahmoor New South Wales 4347 5 2

Tailem Bend South Australia 1474 5 2

Tanilba Bay New South Wales 4042 5 2

Tanunda South Australia 4388 5 2

Tea Gardens New South Wales 2232 5 2

Teesdale Victoria 1613 5 2

Terang Victoria 1936 5 2

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Thirlmere New South Wales 3016 5 2

Tin Can Bay Queensland 2100 5 2

Tocumwal New South Wales 2306 5 2

Tongala Victoria 1252 5 2

Toodyay Western Australia 1045 5 2

Toogoolawah Queensland 1036 5 2

Two Rocks Western Australia 2609 5 2

Wallerawang New South Wales 2009 5 2

Warburton Victoria 2056 5 2

Waroona Western Australia 2357 5 2

Werris Creek New South Wales 1516 5 2

Wilton New South Wales 1056 5 2

Winchelsea Victoria 1630 5 2

Woodend Victoria 3574 5 2

Wundowie Western Australia 1066 5 2

Yarragon Victoria 1045 5 2

Yarram Victoria 1781 5 2

Yea Victoria 1169 5 2

York Western Australia 2580 5 2

Allingham Queensland 1323 5 3

Ardrossan South Australia 1269 5 3

Babinda Queensland 1190 5 3

Balranald New South Wales 1259 5 3

Barham - Koondrook New South Wales 1148 5 3

Barmera South Australia 2084 5 3

Barraba New South Wales 1225 5 3

Batlow New South Wales 1004 5 3

Beaconsfield Tasmania 1056 5 3

Beauty Point Tasmania 1272 5 3

Bega New South Wales 4379 5 3

Bellingen New South Wales 3178 5 3

Bermagui New South Wales 1521 5 3

Berri South Australia 4087 5 3

Berridale New South Wales 1145 5 3

Bingara New South Wales 1160 5 3

Bombala New South Wales 1222 5 3

Bordertown South Australia 2708 5 3

Bowraville New South Wales 1117 5 3

Bridport Tasmania 1325 5 3

Bright Victoria 2275 5 3

Casterton Victoria 1434 5 3

Cherbourg Queensland 1286 5 3

Clare South Australia 3403 5 3

Cohuna Victoria 1910 5 3

Condobolin New South Wales 2885 5 3

Coonabarabran New South Wales 2615 5 3

Corryong Victoria 1113 5 3

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Crystal Brook South Australia 1355 5 3

Dalmeny New South Wales 1989 5 3

Darlington Point New South Wales 1157 5 3

Deloraine Tasmania 2393 5 3

Denmark Western Australia 2574 5 3

Dimboola Victoria 1386 5 3

Donald Victoria 1319 5 3

Dorrigo New South Wales 1090 5 3

Dysart Queensland 3116 5 3

Eden New South Wales 3182 5 3

Gayndah Queensland 1703 5 3

George Town Tasmania 4431 5 3

Gilgandra New South Wales 2775 5 3

Glenden Queensland 1492 5 3

Grenfell New South Wales 2062 5 3

Gulgong New South Wales 2166 5 3

Guyra New South Wales 2138 5 3

Hay Point Queensland 1539 5 3

Herberton Queensland 1073 5 3

Heywood Victoria 1274 5 3

Huonville Tasmania 1894 5 3

Ingham Queensland 4768 5 3

Jamestown South Australia 1435 5 3

Jindabyne New South Wales 1789 5 3

Jurien Western Australia 1321 5 3

Kadina South Australia 4723 5 3

Kambalda West Western Australia 2023 5 3

Katanning Western Australia 3961 5 3

Keith South Australia 1062 5 3

Kerang Victoria 3572 5 3

Kingston SE South Australia 1735 5 3

Kojonup Western Australia 1170 5 3

Naracoorte South Australia 5235 5 3

Stanthorpe Queensland 5142 5 3

Blackwater Queensland 5114 5 3

Chinchilla Queensland 5101 5 3

South West Rocks New South Wales 5085 5 3

Loxton South Australia 3931 5 3

Hay New South Wales 2315 5 3

Maitland South Australia 1048 5 3

Malanda Queensland 1768 5 3

Manilla New South Wales 2288 5 3

Manjimup Western Australia 4281 5 3

Mansfield Victoria 3212 5 3

Marian Queensland 2566 5 3

Merredin Western Australia 2608 5 3

Merriwa New South Wales 1054 5 3

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Metung Victoria 1016 5 3

Miles Queensland 1267 5 3

Millicent South Australia 4794 5 3

Mirani Queensland 1151 5 3

Monto Queensland 1235 5 3

Moonta South Australia 3917 5 3

Moora Western Australia 1686 5 3

Mortlake Victoria 1116 5 3

Mossman Queensland 1865 5 3

Mount Barker Western Australia 2045 5 3

Mount Beauty - Tawonga South Victoria 1684 5 3

Moura Queensland 2020 5 3

Mundubbera Queensland 1091 5 3

Murgon Queensland 2342 5 3

Narooma New South Wales 2537 5 3

Narrandera New South Wales 3982 5 3

Narrogin Western Australia 4430 5 3

Narromine New South Wales 3957 5 3

Nhill Victoria 1840 5 3

Orbost Victoria 2286 5 3

Ouyen Victoria 1168 5 3

Paynesville Victoria 3339 5 3

Penola South Australia 1360 5 3

Peterborough South Australia 1549 5 3

Port Denison - Dongara Western Australia 2959 5 3

Port Douglas - Craiglie Queensland 4281 5 3

Port Sorell Tasmania 3164 5 3

Proserpine Queensland 3807 5 3

Quirindi New South Wales 2730 5 3

Quorn South Australia 1169 5 3

Renmark South Australia 4529 5 3

Robe South Australia 1012 5 3

Robinvale Victoria 2230 5 3

Sarina Queensland 3814 5 3

Scottsdale Tasmania 2032 5 3

Sheffield Tasmania 1200 5 3

Smithton Tasmania 3398 5 3

Smithtown - Gladstone New South Wales 1065 5 3

St Arnaud Victoria 2225 5 3

St Helens Tasmania 1606 5 3

Tathra New South Wales 1603 5 3

Temora New South Wales 4059 5 3

Tenterfield New South Wales 3190 5 3

Tully Queensland 2341 5 3

Tumbarumba New South Wales 1604 5 3

Tuross Head New South Wales 2255 5 3

Uralla New South Wales 2600 5 3

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Urunga New South Wales 2517 5 3

Wagin Western Australia 1491 5 3

Waikerie South Australia 1754 5 3

Walcha New South Wales 1550 5 3

Wallaroo South Australia 3319 5 3

Warialda New South Wales 1186 5 3

Warracknabeal Victoria 2322 5 3

Warren New South Wales 1631 5 3

Wee Waa New South Wales 1889 5 3

Wellington New South Wales 4800 5 3

Wentworth New South Wales 1386 5 3

West Wyalong New South Wales 2750 5 3

Westbury Tasmania 1559 5 3

Wondai Queensland 1815 5 3

Wongaling Beach Queensland 1193 5 3

Yarrabah Queensland 2681 5 3

Yungaburra Queensland 1101 5 3

Alice Springs Northern Territory 27632 6 4

Broome Western Australia 14741 6 4

Cardwell Queensland 1318 6 4

Carnarvon Western Australia 4850 6 4

Clermont Queensland 2462 6 4

Cloncurry Queensland 2450 6 4

Collinsville Queensland 1577 6 4

Cooktown Queensland 1734 6 4

Coonamble New South Wales 2626 6 4

Esperance Western Australia 10495 6 4

Hillston New South Wales 1190 6 4

Hope Vale Queensland 1064 6 4

Jabiru Northern Territory 1328 6 4

Kalbarri Western Australia 1357 6 4

Karratha Western Australia 18941 6 4

Katherine Northern Territory 7260 6 4

Kununurra Western Australia 5082 6 4

Lake Cargelligo New South Wales 1230 6 4

Lightning Ridge New South Wales 1572 6 4

Middlemount Queensland 2199 6 4

Mount Isa Queensland 22098 6 4

Nyngan New South Wales 2177 6 4

Port Hedland Western Australia 15125 6 4

Port Lincoln South Australia 14732 6 4

Queenstown Tasmania 2009 6 4

Cobar New South Wales 4085 6 4

Roxby Downs South Australia 5031 6 4

St George Queensland 2800 6 4

Streaky Bay South Australia 1129 6 4

Tieri Queensland 1755 6 4

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Tumby Bay South Australia 1591 6 4

Dampier Western Australia 1411 6 4

Walgett New South Wales 1717 6 4

Wickham Western Australia 1964 6 4

Alyangula Northern Territory 1149 7 5

Aurukun Queensland 1398 7 5

Bamaga Queensland 1164 7 5

Barcaldine Queensland 1381 7 5

Blackall Queensland 1294 7 5

Borroloola Northern Territory 1085 7 5

Bourke New South Wales 2135 7 5

Brewarrina New South Wales 1057 7 5

Ceduna South Australia 2461 7 5

Charleville Queensland 3453 7 5

Coober Pedy South Australia 1664 7 5

Coolgardie Western Australia 1004 7 5

Cunnamulla Queensland 1225 7 5

Derby Western Australia 3879 7 5

Doomadgee Queensland 1341 7 5

Exmouth Western Australia 2375 7 5

Fitzroy Crossing Western Australia 1364 7 5

Flying Fish Cove Other Territories 1434 7 5

Galiwinku Northern Territory 2517 7 5

Gapuwiyak Northern Territory 1038 7 5

Gunbalanya Northern Territory 1402 7 5

Gununa Queensland 1202 7 5

Halls Creek Western Australia 1603 7 5

Hughenden Queensland 1171 7 5

Kingscote South Australia 1897 7 5

Kowanyama Queensland 1115 7 5

Longreach Queensland 3201 7 5

Maningrida Northern Territory 2740 7 5

Milingimbi Northern Territory 1285 7 5

Mitchell Queensland 1080 7 5

Nelly Bay Queensland 1130 7 5

Newman Western Australia 6099 7 5

Ngukurr Northern Territory 1245 7 5

Nhulunbuy Northern Territory 4436 7 5

Normanton Queensland 1308 7 5

Palm Island Queensland 2590 7 5

Paraburdoo Western Australia 1643 7 5

Tennant Creek Northern Territory 3619 7 5

Thursday Island Queensland 2891 7 5

Tom Price Western Australia 3437 7 5

Wadeye Northern Territory 2540 7 5

Weipa Queensland 3795 7 5

Hamilton Island Queensland 1303 7 5

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Wurrumiyanga Northern Territory 1833 7 5

Yulara Northern Territory 1047 7 5