9 August 2021
The Central Coast will be home to 33 new GP Registrars commencing in the region from this month.
Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP said the 33 new GP registrars will help alleviate the GP shortage on the Central Coast.
“These new doctors will be evenly distributed across the Central Coast and will deliver better health services for locals,” Ms Wicks said.
A GP Registrar is a fully qualified medical doctor, undertaking advanced training to specialise in General Practice. They are required to complete an advanced GP training program over at least two years.
“We know there has been a real challenge in attracting and retaining GPs to the Central Coast for a number of years now, so we have been working progressively solve this problem.
“I have been working to get more GPs on the Coast since 2017, when the Federal Government set up an expert working group to investigate options to improve residents’ access to GPs on the Peninsula.
“This task force was able to deliver seven new GPs on the Peninsula and now, we’re seeing another 33 GPs across the whole Central Coast.
Building on this announcement, as of this month, 170 medical students have commenced study at the new Central Coast Clinical School in Gosford.
“This has put the Central Coast and Gosford on the map as a region of medical excellence and I have no doubt that is going to help drive positive outcomes for our region.
The Primary Health Network continues to implement a range of other initiatives to help recruit and retain GPs on the Central Coast including:
• Central Coast Sea Change program which provides GP relocation and retention incentives valued at up to $40,000 per new doctor
• Funding for GPs to undertake further training in Skin Cancer detection and treatment
• Wellbeing and support activities aimed at ensuring GPs feel supported professionally and personally to combat fatigue and disillusionment
• Provision of financial support for medical students and General Practices to encourage the placement of medical students on the Central Coast