A taskforce has been established to investigate GP workforce issues in the ACT. The ACT needs 74 extra full-time GPs to reach the national average of GPs per head of population.
There is also evidence that many GPs are choosing to work part-time in their clinical practice, meaning that potentially double the full-time equivalent of GPs may be needed to fill in the gap.
The ACT GP Taskforce invites submissions on the issues and innovations posed in the discussion paper titled Issues and Challenges for General Practice and Primary Health Care: A Discussion Paper.
There will be a series of public forums and a special industry forum held to provide opportunities for discussion.
When: 29 June 2009 (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
Where: Room 8, Level 2, Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra City, ACT
When: 30 June 2009 (6.00pm – 8.00pm)
Where: Room 1, Tuggeranong Community Centre, 245 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway, ACT
When: 2 July 2009 (6.00pm – 8.00pm)
Where: Community Room, Belconnen Library, 12 Chandler Street, Belconnen, ACT
Consumer run forum facilitated by the Health Care Consumers Association.
When: 23 June 2009 (1.00pm to 3.00pm)
Where: Northside Community Services, Rosevear Place, Dickson.
For further information or for a copy of the discussion paper, visit www.health.act.gov.au/gptaskforce phone the ACT GP Taskforce Secretariat on 6205 0796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also mail your submission to the ACT GP Taskforce Secretariat, GPO Box 825, Canberra City ACT 2601.
Submissions are due by 5.00pm 31 July 2009.