The Morrison Government’s attacks on our healthcare system aren’t just making it more expensive for patients to see a doctor. They’re also making it harder for people to find a doctor. GP shortages is a significant problem in our region. This issue has been raised with me by both patients and doctors alike. The problem was caused by the Government reclassifying most of the Shortland electorate from being a ‘district of workforce shortage’ area to a metropolitan area without a GP shortage. This means that we now have a similar classification to Sydney. As a result of this reclassification, GPs now receive fewer government incentives to work in our region than they do to work in other rural and remote areas.
Labor has established a Senate inquiry into this issue.
The inquiry will examine the provision of GP and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians, with particular reference to:
- the current state of outer metropolitan, rural, and regional GPs and related services
- current state and former Government reforms to outer metropolitan, rural and regional GP services and their impact on GPs, including policies such as:
i. the stronger Rural Health Strategy,
ii. Distribution Priority Area and the Modified Monash Model (MMM) geographical classification system,
iii. GP training reforms, and
iv. Medicare rebate freeze;
- the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on doctor shortages in outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australia
- any other related matters impacting outer metropolitan, rural, and regional access to quality health services
GP Shortages Survey
I will be making a submission to the GP shortages Senate inquiry on our community’s behalf because your combined experiences should be heard. To ensure I have the best understanding possible of how you are impacted by this issue, I have developed a quick survey which allows you to share your story about how local GP shortages have affected you. You can complete my survey by clicking here.