‘Bottleneck’ in doctors’ training
BILOELA Doctor Richard Tan believes "one doctor' towns, like Baralaba, are prevalent in Central Queensland.
"There is an Australia wide shortage, but only in rural and remote areas," he said.
"The smaller towns have more problems and some of the real small towns, like Baralaba, cannot get doctors at all."
Dr Tan said while there was not a shortage of medical graduates, most of them did not have adequate training for what was considered "proficient" for rural practice.
"Rural doctor shortage has been with us since time immemorial," he said.
"The system has got better recently, with "rural generalists" coming through the GP Training system.
"However, there is a bottle-neck in the Rural Generalist Training Scheme."
There is an Australia-wide intern crisis with the government yet to fund more intern training positions for medical school graduates, to the point some graduates were not able to find jobs in Australia this year.
He said the solution would be to get GPs out of the city and out into the bush.
"In reality, the reverse is happening," he said.