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Who are our health providers?

Our health workforce

Health professionals in our region

General practitioners (GPs) are considered the cornerstone of health care in the primary health care setting. A large number and range of other health professionals and services support GPs in providing primary health care services in our region.

Where are they?

There is substantial variation in the primary health care workforce across our region. In general there are lower numbers of clinicians in rural areas, for example there are low numbers of GPs in Uralla, Walcha, Liverpool Plains and Dungog as shown in the table below. Some clinician groups are also poorly represented in metropolitan or urban parts of the region, when compared to NSW as a whole.

Health Services in our region

LGA # General Practices General Practitioners Dentists Pharmacies
Armidale Dumaresq 8 37 15 7
Cessnock 19 43 9 12
Dungog 2 4 0 3
Glen Innes Severn 5 9 3 2
Glouster 1 7 3 1
Godford 56 208 79 38
Great Lakes 14 41 7 11
Greater Taree 16 52 15 13
Gunnedah 3 8 3 2
Guyra 2 2 0 1
Gwydir 2 6 0 2
Inverell 6 15 7 3
Lake Macquarie 58 216 67 44
Liverpool Plains 6 5 0 2
Maitland 23 68 27 15
Moree Plains 6 5 0 2
Musswellbrook 4 6 3 4
Narrabri 5 11 0 3
Newcastle 55 222 69 41
Port Stephens 21 76 19 14
Singleton 10 24 0 4
Tamworth Regional 21 66 23 14
Tenterfield 4 4 3 1
Upper Hunter Shire 5 16 3 5
Uralla 2 3 0 1
Walcha 2 3 0 1
Wyong 50 144 44 38

Workforce matters

Workforce is a key component of health planning. It is impacted locally by the national and state economies, as well as by regional and local plans and developments. Challenges facing the primary health care workforce include:

  • Ageing workforce
  • Changing hours of work for younger GPs
  • Reliance on international medical graduates in areas of shortage
  • Impact on small hospitals where GPs often provide VMO (visiting medical officer) and procedural services.

More information

More information about this and other population health topics is available on our Resources page.

Links to other information from some of our key data sources can be found on the Other information about health in our region page.

For any other information or enquiries please contact the Health Planning and Performance Team by email: healthplanning@hneccphn.com.au

Health Planning Compass

For more information about the people in our region and their health, see the Primary Health Network's Health Planning Compass

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