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AMA Victoria President to meet with doctors in Western Victoria

AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis is travelling to Western Victoria to meet with doctors in Warrnambool, Hamilton, Colac and Geelong on 17 and 18 September.
Dr Parnis will address local doctors about national health care reform, regional and rural workforce issues and public health issues.  He will also hear from doctors about the state of Victoria’s health system at a local level.
“I’m eager to hear from doctors in Western Victoria. There are significant issues, especially rural and regional workforce issues, faced by the health system in Western Victoria”.
“AMA members in these areas will provide me with a stronger insight into the impact of workforce shortages on health services and I am keen to hear from them for the first time in my capacity as President of AMA Victoria”.
The Australian Medical Association has labelled workforce shortages in rural and regional area a “major health issue” and has suggested a number of measures to help attract doctors to rural areas and ease pressure on the regional workforce, Measures include –
  • a dedicated and quality training pathway with the right skill mix to ensure GPs area adequately trained to work in rural areas
  • a Realistic and sustainable work environment with flexibility, including locum relief;
  • Family support that includes spousal opportunities / employment, housing / relocation and / or tax relief.
  • Finance incentives including rural loadings to ensure competitive remuneration; and
  • a working environment that allows quality training and supervision.  
Dr Parnis spent substantial parts of his career in Western Victoria as a junior doctor at Warrnambool Base and Hamilton Base Hospitals.
Dr Parnis will visit Western Victoria to speak with AMA members at AMA subdivision meetings and visit local healthcare facilities.   It is his first visit to Western Victoria as President of AMA Victoria. He will visit Hamilton Base Hospital and Corangamite Medical Centre.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr Parnis please contact Struan Robertson on 0437 450 506

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