• Hannah Phillips

Wimmera-Mallee Doctor Shortage Discussed in Parliament

Better health outcomes for the people of the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura regions was on the top of the agenda when Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad met with Health Minister, Greg Hunt and Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie yesterday.

“The shortage of health professionals throughout our patch is a significant issue,” Mr Broad said.

“Regional Australians deserve the same access to medical professionals as those who live in our cities.”

In his meetings, Mr Broad highlighted the struggle many towns are having in not only attracting medical professionals but also being able to keep them in the regional towns.

“Regional towns can be a very rewarding place to work and live, we need to work with doctors to show them these benefits,” he said.

Speaking with the Ministers, Mr Broad also advocated for areas in the regions to be labelled as ‘Districts of Workforce Shortage.’

“This would make it easier for practices and clinics to attract overseas doctors and bonded graduate doctors,” he said.

“We’re focusing on better health outcomes for the people of our patch, and I will continue to work with the Ministers and advocate for the people of the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura regions.”

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