Ramsey Fighting for Doctors in Regional Areas
Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is continuing to seek solutions to the rural
doctor shortage impacting in regional areas across Grey and recently met with
the National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Paul Worley to discuss the
the Grey electorate we are 29 doctors short,” Mr Ramsey said. “We have a number
of towns that have lost their doctors and some where local GPs are not providing
a full range of services such as hospital admittance.”
Government has recognised the problem and announced a raft of programs in the
Federal Budget designed to up-skill doctors to the level required to
confidently offer a full range of services.
was appointed as the nation’s first National Rural Health Commissioner last
year and tasked with producing strategies to address the problem.
“He has a
long background serving rural communities as a GP and I was impressed with his
grasp on the challenges.
particularly interested in ensuring he understands just how pressing the
shortage is and we discussed how existing and possible future incentives may be
targeted to overcome the central lifestyle and work/family challenges that are
such a disincentive to doctors moving to the country.”
Mr Ramsey said
he also presented Prof Worley with a copy of his discussion paper addressing
doctor shortages which raises the possibility of implementing post code specific
Medicare Provider Numbers.
discussed the current criteria for determining the District of (doctor) Workforce
Shortage (DWS) areas which is the mechanism that provides for communities which
are understaffed with doctors to seek overseas recruits. It’s a mystery to me
that a community like Port Augusta was not classed as a DWS in the latest
declaration round even though I am constantly getting complaints about waiting
times there,” he said. “I have expressed my concerns with the minister’s office
and I am pleased she is undertaking a review of the system.”
Contact; Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744 Port Pirie Office.
May 17, 2018