Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


General Practitioner Incentives

In reply to the Hon. F. PANGALLO ().8 February 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has advised:

Training of doctors and nurses is a matter for the federal government. The South Australian government is advocating national reform to its federal counterparts.

We commend the federal government for tripling the bulk billing incentive for target cohorts including pensioners and kids—this is an important step in the right direction when it comes to fixing the GP access crisis we are currently experiencing.

I met with the RACGP recently to discuss the important issues facing our GPs, and I will continue to listen to frontline GPs and their representatives about how we can best support them.

In South Australia, the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) has established RACE—the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence.

RACE aims to boost clinical training and employment across the Riverland Mallee Coorong region and create new opportunities for research and innovation. Through the Academy Pathway, medical graduates are supported to undertake all the required postgraduate training to achieve a Rural Generalist Fellowship based in RMCLHN.

RACE demonstrates the commitment to medical education in the Riverland region, in line with the South Australian (SA) Rural Health Workforce Strategy, SA Rural Medical Workforce Plan and the National Rural Generalist Pathway.