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March 24, 2011

Australia Boosts GP Training Figures

A record 900 GPs have begun training in Australia in 2011, as a result of the government's national health reforms. The Australian General Practice Training programme will support 900 GPs in 2011, a 50% increase from 2007. The programme will support a total of 1,200 GP place

By cms admin

A record 900 GPs have begun training in Australia in 2011, as a result of the government’s national health reforms.

The Australian General Practice Training programme will support 900 GPs in 2011, a 50% increase from 2007.

The programme will support a total of 1,200 GP places nationwide by 2014, and by 2020 there will be an extra 5,500 GPs and 680 specialist doctors.

Minister for Health and Aging Nicola Roxon said that 897 junior doctors would complete 12-week placements in GP practices in 2011, supporting the government’s emphasis on primary care.

“This is all part of our determination to bring a greater focus on primary care – the front line – where doctors and nurses can help patients keep well and out of hospital,” Roxon added.

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