THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP
Minister for Health and Ageing
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
24 March 2011
Twenty six new GPs are training in the Northern Territory this year as the Gillard Government continues to deliver national health reform benefits, helping Territorians to see and contact a doctor closer to home.
Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced the new GP training places for the NT, a 37 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 across the NT.
“The 26 GPs will help to make it easier for Territorians to see and contact a doctor when they need to.
“This boost to GPs, comes less than two months from when I welcomed the first ever batch of ‘top end’ medical students to undertake their entire degree in the Territory at the Flinders NT Medical School.
“This again demonstrates the Gillard Government’s substantial commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Territorians,” Mr Snowdon said.
The 26 places announced today for new GP registrars in the NT 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.
Ministers Roxon and Snowdon also announced that 120 junior doctors will complete 12-week placements in GP practices in the NT through the Government’s Prevocational General Practice Placements Program.
“Giving the opportunity to junior doctors to see a GP practice is a simple yet important way to help young and upcoming doctors decide if a career as a GP is right for them,” Mr Snowdon said.
Minister Roxon emphasised how the Gillard Government’s investments in GPs formed an important part of the Government’s efforts in improving primary care.
“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.
“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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