Forrest towns receive boost to attract doctors

Towns in the South West such as Collie and Donnybrook are among 450 country towns who will find it easier to attract doctors under an overhauled GP Rural Incentives Program, local Member for Forrest Nola Marino said today.

Under changes announced by the Government some 450 country towns will receive increased subsidies to attract and retain doctors.

“The new GPRIP system will deliver a fairer system for smaller towns; redirecting money to attract more doctors to smaller towns that have genuine difficulty attracting and retaining doctors,” Mrs Marino said.

“I’m pleased that towns such as Collie and Donnybrook will benefit from these changes.

“In rural and remote areas, we all know how difficult it can be to attract doctors.

“For decades, Australia’s small rural towns have struggled to attract enough doctors. This change is one way we’re tackling that.”

The highest incentive paid to work in remote Australia will jump from $47,000 a year to $60,000 a year. The maximum incentive to work in a town of less than 5,000 in regional Australia will increase from $18,000 to $23,000.

Doctors in Collie and the Margaret River were previously receiving $12,000 per year, and they will now receive $18,000 per year.

The new incentive arrangements will start from 1 July 2015.