New doctor in North Coast suburbs to eases shortage
Posted on Wednesday, 7 July 2004
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today that the General Practitioner shortage in Perth’s North Coast suburbs has been eased by a pilot program, which recruited an overseas trained doctor to work in the area of need, this year.
The new Metropolitan Workforce Support Program placed a doctor in a practice on Perth’s North Coast which had, before this, unsuccessfully tried to attract GPs for four years.
The project is a unique collaboration between AMA (WA), the participating divisions of general practice known as MetroMedic and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
It is aimed at helping overseas trained doctors who are permanent residents in Australia fast tracking their training and qualifications so they can work as soon as possible.
Ms Moylan has been working towards attracting doctors to the Coastal strip, an area of need, and is delighted with the news.
“With a new doctor servicing this area it should take the pressure off existing services and reduce waiting times for patients.”
Anchorage Medical Centre practice principal Dr Mark Pollard welcomed the program, which placed Dr Kathi Bleeker-Sauzier, from South Africa, in his Mindarie practice.
“We have been trying to attract doctors to the area for about four years so it was good news when we got Kathi,” he said.
Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott said the scheme would be evaluated to support further policy development in this area.