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Grant funding attracts seven new GPs to New England and Manning Regions

The GPs will be heading to Wee Waa, Narrabri, Quirindi, Tamworth, Glen Innes and two to Taree. The PHN has collaborated with general practice across the region to develop an incentive program aimed at redressing the shortage of general practitioners.

The grant funding comprised several stages, the first of which included recruitment funding to assist practices with their promotional and recruitment activities. Subsequent grants provided general practices with funding upon the signing of a new GP on a two year/minimum contract, and also a ‘Welcome Ambassador’ grant assisting relocated GPs to settle themselves and their family into the new town.

The PHN Chief Executive Officer, Richard Nankervis said “For us, this is one element of what will need to be a range of initiatives to try to grow our medical and health professional workforce.”

These grants are one of many PHN initiatives to address the maldistribution of the medical workforce and encourage doctors to work in regional, rural and remote communities.

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