Health experts held a special meeting aimed at overcoming the shortage of doctors and other health services in the Tumut region, in response to concerns raised by residents and local GPs with the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, and NSW Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
The New South Wales Rural Doctors Network (NSWRDN), the Rural Workforce Agency in NSW, and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (PHN) convened the meeting to address health workforce issues in the region.
“This is precisely what RWAs and PHNs are designed as part of the Federal Government’s record investment in health – a perfect example of joining with local health practitioners and interested parties to look at how local health services can be best tailored to meet community needs,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Bringing together local experience and knowledge is the best way to define the medical workforce problems affecting the Tumut community and to collaborate on developing solutions that meet actual needs.”
The meeting was held at Tumut Hospital on Wednesday, October 4 2017.
PHN and NSWRDN teams and the Chair of the Local Health Advisory Committee, Hansie Amour, attended, along with representatives from health service providers, utilities, the Indigenous community and local government.
Invited organisations included Connections Medical Centre, Fitzroy Medical Centre, GP Synergy, Murrumbidgee LHD, NSW Ambulance, Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Corporation, Snowy Valleys Shire Council and Tumut Family Medical Centre.
“The Federal Government is committed to supporting people in regional, rural and remote areas so that they can access health services that people in larger centres often take for granted,” Minister Gillespie said.
Senator Sinodinos said the meeting was a much needed step in delivering the health services needed for the region.
“This meeting is the first step to addressing the concerns raised by locals in the Tumut region and working to ensure they are able to have access to the health services they need,” said Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
“By identifying local needs and pinpointing where the services gaps are, we can refocus initiatives to locate the right health professionals with the right skills in the right areas,” Dr Gillespie said.
Source: Australian Government