Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Health
Member for Lyne
The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Member for Wannon
18 October 2017
The Assistant Minister for Health, Dr. David Gillespie and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan are acting on concerns raised at recent forums in August 2017 about the recruitment and retention of medical professionals in Portland and Warrnambool.
Following discussions with Mr. Tehan, both in his electorate and in Canberra, Dr. Gillespie has asked the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) to take steps to form a working group to tackle health workforce issues in the region.
“Our government has tasked the Rural Workforce Agencies and Primary Health Networks across Australia to address local health workforce issues when they arise,” Dr. Gillespie said.
“They will bring together local health practitioners and interested parties to look at how local health services can be shaped to meet the local community's needs better now and into the future.”
Mr. Tehan said the working group would discuss possible solutions to the challenge of recruiting and retaining medical professionals as well as how to provide professional development opportunities for medical professionals in their local community.
“The RWAV and the Western Victoria PHN will then work together to put strategies in place to address local health needs in the short, medium and long-term,” Mr. Tehan said.
“This is the first step to addressing the concerns raised by locals in Western Victoria and working to ensure they can have access to the health services they need,” Mr. Tehan added.
“The meeting, scheduled for early November, is part of an ongoing effort by the Coalition Government to ensure that people across Australia can get the health services they need when they need them,” Dr. Gillespie said.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dan on his efforts in helping to facilitate a positive way forward, and I look forward to the outcomes of the work being undertaken by both RWAV and the Western Victoria PHN,” said Dr. Gillespie.
For more information visit the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) website or the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) website.
For Minister Gillespie: Rob Nardella 0433 141 433
For Mr. Tehan: Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232