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Gillard Government delivers 182 GP training places for Queensland

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Minister for Health and Ageing


17 March 2011

Gillard Government Delivers 182 GP Training Places for Queensland

182 new GPs will begin training in Queensland this year as the Gillard Government continues to deliver national health reform benefits, helping Queenslanders to see and contact a doctor when they need to.

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, today announced the new GP training places for Queensland, a 44 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 across the country. The good news is more doctors are already being trained here in Queensland.

“The 182 GPs for Queensland will help to make it easier for Queenslanders to see and contact a doctor when they need to.

The 182 places announced today for new GP registrars in Queensland are part of the Gillard Government’s Australian General Practice Training program that, by 2014, will support 1200 annual GP places nationwide, up from 600 in 2008.

By 2020 the Gillard Government’s workforce training programs, a key component of national health reform, will result in an extra 5,500 GPs and an extra 680 specialist doctors nationwide.

Minister Roxon also announced that 133 junior doctors will complete 12-week placements in GP practices in Queensland through the Government’s Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.

“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,” Minister Roxon 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.”

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