Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has backed the Department of Health's decision for Gladstone to no longer be considered a priority area for GPs.
Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has backed the Department of Health's decision for Gladstone to no longer be considered a priority area for GPs. Matt Taylor GLA100419FLYNN

Ken O'Dowd backs medical reclassification

MEMBER for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has stood by the Department of Health's decision to no longer classify Gladstone as having a general practitioner shortage, despite the council and local doctors calling for the move to be reversed.

Under the new classification Gladstone medical practices must hire Australian doctors who have passed their Australian GP exam or doctors who have worked in Australia for 10 years.

Mr O'Dowd said the change ensured a better distributed and well supported health workforce that can meet emerging community needs.

"The new Distribution Priority Area system takes into consideration the GP services an area receives, demographics and socio-economic factors of patients rather than the simple GP to population ratio which was used to determine Districts of Workforce Shortage,'' Mr O'Dowd said.



Former truck driver threatened partner’s dog

premium_icon Former truck driver threatened partner’s dog

The 50-year-old man left abusive voicemails on her phone.

NOW HIRING: Jobs available in the Gladstone region right now

premium_icon NOW HIRING: Jobs available in the Gladstone region right now

Looking for a job? Here are a number of jobs available in the Gladstone region.

New rideshare company coming to Gladstone

premium_icon New rideshare company coming to Gladstone

GLADSTONE and Tannum Sands will have a new rideshare company to join rival company...