- International Medical Graduate program supports regional doctors
- Investment of $532,100 to continue Forward to Fellowship
- Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
International medical graduates in the Goldfields region will continue to have access to high-quality education thanks to the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
The Forward to Fellowship program, facilitated by Rural Health West, provides international medical graduates with personal, professional and training support to help their integration into Australian medical general practice.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Liberal National Government's $532,100 investment would support the growing number of new international medical graduates practising in the area by offering further education in the region.
"The Forward to Fellowship program helps these graduates form partnerships with other general practitioners and supports doctors and their families by encouraging them to stay in the Goldfields-Esperance region after completing their Fellowship qualifications," Mr Redman said.
"The program has already resulted in a significant reduction in presentations at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus Emergency Department and is enabling the community to have easier access to general practitioners."
Health Minister John Day said the program was a vital collaboration between organisations committed to delivering high-quality continuous education.
"This is about providing a stable and sustainable regional medical workforce," Mr Day said.
"With research showing 55 per cent of our rural and remote medical professionals have obtained their qualifications overseas, helping to provide a pathway for them to work here is making a big difference in regional Western Australia.
"Seventeen international medical graduates were in the program's initial cohort, with three already achieving Fellowships."
- Forward to Fellowship started in August 2014 as an initiative to address declining general practitioner numbers in the Goldfields-Esperance region
- Collaborating organisations include the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, Rural Health West, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Shire of Coolgardie, Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA Eastern Regional Council, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, WA Country Health Service Goldfields, Goldfields Esperance GP Network, Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Ltd
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Health Minister's office - 6552 6200