ATTRACTING and retaining medical professionals to live and work in Mildura is one of the most serious challenges faced by Mildura Base Hospital, a public hearing and community forum into perinatal services heard this week.
At the inquiry, held by the Victorian Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee in Mildura, health care professionals, local government representatives and community health services spoke to the committee about the issues faced in Sunraysia.
Mildura Base Hospital director of obstetrics and gynecology Dr Nikhil Patravali told the committee that despite being classed as a level four service under the Maternity
Services Victoria framework, the hospital often accepted level five work, largely due to geographical location and necessity.
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