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Record number of doctors in training delivered by national health reform



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

24 March 2011

Record Number of Doctors in Training Delivered by National Health Reform

A record 900 GPs have started training this year, as a result of the Gillard Government’s national health reforms, providing the workforce to help Australians see and contact a doctor closer to their home.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon today announced the new GP training places, a 50 per cent increase from 2007 when Tony Abbott was Health Minister.

“When we came to Government, it was very clear that Mr Abbott had been blind to Australia’s nationwide shortage of GPs,” Minister Roxon said.

“The Gillard Government is doubling the number of GP training places.

“The good news is we are half way there already, with more doctors already being trained right across the country.

“The benefits for regional Australia are especially important, as 45 per cent of these positions are in regional Australia.”

Ms Roxon said the extra places filled this year would bring to 900 the number of doctors starting the Australian General Practice Training program in 2011. By 2014, the program will support a total of 1200 GP places nationwide, up from 600 in 2007.

“By 2020, our workforce training programs, a key part of our health reform, will result in an extra 5,500 GPs and an extra 680 specialist doctors.

“These workforce developments build upon our other efforts to strengthen primary health care in Australia, such as the funding of GP Super Clinics.”

Ms Roxon also announced that 897 junior doctors would this year complete 12-week placements in GP practices through the Government’s Prevocational General Practice Placements Program, supporting our emphasis on primary care.

“The placement for junior doctors in GP clinics is a great way for the next generation of GPs to get a taste of general practice so they can decide if a career as a GP is right for them,” she said.

“This is all part of our determination to bring a greater focus on primary care—the front line—where doctors and nurses can help patients keep well and out of hospital.”

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 7220

GP registrar places in Australia

600 600

675

700

900

1000

1100

1200

500

600

700

800

900

1000

1100

1200

1300

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

State/Territory Breakdown

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

NSW/ACT 204 200 224 232 310

Vic 145 144 161 167 207

Qld 126 124 140 143 182

WA 47 54 60 62 81

SA 44 44 49 53 68

NT 19 19 21 22 26

Tas 15 15 20 21 26

National 600 600 675 700 900

*These numbers are current estimates and are subject to slight variation as doctors take up individual posts.