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70 Central Coast GPs receive scholarships to upskill on skin cancer

The Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (The PHN) funded program is a component of the Central Coast GP Workforce Retention Initiative, which aims to upskill and support GPs.

The PHN CEO, Richard Nankervis said “GPs in non-rural areas are required to fund their own professional development, which can be difficult when they are in private practice and need to manage a patient load as well as ongoing education. The PHN provided funding for the GPs, to attend the Sydney-based course including, accommodation, meals, travel and study time".

“These scholarships sit within our workforce retention initiative, providing support to our GPs, to encourage their ongoing commitment to the region.

Local GP Dr Elly Warren (pictured) recently completed the course and would encourage participation for all local GPs. “It was wonderful to attend the Skin Cancer Certificate course with other Central Coast GPs. The whole experience was exactly what we needed after 2 years navigating the pandemic.”
“We were able to enjoy learning in a supportive environment and reconnect. In addition to the valuable education and skills, the course worked wonders for our wellbeing and was a morale booster for all of us. I'm grateful to the PHN for giving us this opportunity.”

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