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AHCWA calls on Commonwealth to re-think new salary policy for rural doctors

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is very alarmed by a new draft Federal Government policy, which seeks to limit salary support given to GP Registrars working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS). Currently, doctors working in ACCHS have their full salary paid by the Federal Government for up to 3 years. However, a draft policy released by the government for comment this week reduces that salary support to only 12 months. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said this would have a profound impact on ACCHS around WA. “Currently, doctors are committing to stay in regional areas longer partly because their salaries are guaranteed by the government for up to 3 years,” sh

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) calls on Federal Government to reverse proposed changes

The Kimberley’s peak Aboriginal health body, the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS), is seriously concerned about the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Aboriginal Health Training policy. Changes announced by the Federal Department of Health on 17 November 2015, which if approved will apply from 1 January 2016, will result in the dismantling of the successful Kimberley General Practice Training (KGPT) program which commenced in 2003. The program was established to help address the chronic shortage of doctors in Aboriginal health, improve access to primary medical care in the Kimberley and increase the number of doctors practicing in rural and remote areas. Under the propo

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