Sunraysia's GP shortage close to 'crisis point'

Rural Doctors Association of Victoria
president Jane Neyland says almost 80
healthcare workers are needed in the Murray
region alone to fill doctor shortages.

Rural Doctors Association of Victoria president Jane Neyland says almost 80 healthcare workers are needed in the Murray region alone to fill doctor shortages.

THE GP shortage in Sunraysia is “approaching a crisis point,” and “throwing buckets of money at graduates” as incentive to work in rural areas won’t do the trick, according to the peak advocacy body representing Victoria’s rural doctors.

You expect a certain level of healthcare in a regional centre, and at this point in time, we can’t provide that. - Jane Neyland

Rural Doctors Association of Victoria president Jane Neyland said country GPs were “crying out for help” with almost 80 healthcare workers needed in the Murray region alone.

“If we don’t change something, it will become a crisis in the not-too-distant future,” Dr Neyland.

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