Minister launches first rural generalist training program for NSW

In a first for NSW, Health Minister Jillian Skinner has launched a program which will address the shortage of skilled doctors in rural and regional areas of the state. Mrs Skinner launched the inaugural NSW Rural Generalist Training Program (RGTP) alongside the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health, Melinda Pavey, and the program's facilitators, mentors and participants.

Mrs Skinner said the program is an innovative, exciting initiative which will provide career pathways for new doctors to become rural General Practitioners (GPs) with additional advanced skills in at least one clinical discipline.

"Put simply what this program will deliver is more doctors for rural and regional areas. In 2013, these training positions at Tamworth, Maitland, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Moruya, Nowra, Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst will help address shortages of general practitioners with advance procedural skills in rural areas," Mrs Skinner said.

NSW Rural Generalist Training Program : Applications and Information

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