An Albanese Labor Government will make it easier for thousands of Australians in outer suburbs and regions to see a GP.
If elected, Labor will expand the overseas trained and bonded doctor access to Medicare, ensuring more GPs work in outer suburban and regional centres.
Labor will do this by designating regional centres (those classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2 areas) as Distribution Priority Areas (DPA) for these GPs.
This will make it easier for Australians to see a GP in large parts of outer-metro and regional Australia, including Cairns, Townsville, Kiama, Torquay and Two Rocks, among others.
In addition to the Morrison-Joyce Government’s neglect of regional centres, the Labor-initiated Senate Inquiry on GP Shortages heard strong evidence on chronic GP shortages in many MMM 1 (Metropolitan) areas.
In response, Labor will act to ensure the NSW Central Coast, Caboolture and Narangba – Burpengary catchments are also given priority DPA access.
The Senate Inquiry is progressively identifying areas of chronic GP shortages. Where there are endemic shortages we will continue to act.
Access to GP services shouldn’t be reserved for those that live in our biggest cities.
Over eight long years, the Morrison-Joyce Government has repeatedly cut and undermined Medicare, and in 2019 Scott Morrison cut access of outer-metro and regional Australia to bonded and overseas trained doctors, making GP shortages much worse.
The Australian people can always trust Labor to protect Medicare – a system Labor created – and to put their health first.
MMM 2 areas that will benefit from this announcement can be found here.