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Country GPs get more support in O&G and anaesthetics

The Federal Government has promised that women in country areas will be able to receive better obstetric and anaesthetic support following an increase in funding for maternity training for doctors. The funding – first announced in the 2009-10 Federal Budget to be dispersed under the GP Procedural Training Support Program - is in response to the Maternity Services Review that reported a need to improve health-care choices by pregnant women. The program provides better access to high-quality maternity services and more support for the maternity services workforce.

15 Nov 2010

The Federal Government has promised that women in country areas will be able to receive better obstetric and anaesthetic support following an increase in funding for maternity training for doctors.

The funding – first announced in the 2009-10 Federal Budget to be dispersed under the GP Procedural Training Support Program - is in response to the Maternity Services Review that reported a need to improve health-care choices by pregnant women. The program provides better access to high-quality maternity services and more support for the maternity services workforce.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said that the funding would go towards helping GPs complete procedural training in obstetrics and gynaecology.

By June 2013, she said, 110 GPs in rural and remote areas would have received $40,000 each to attain either the Advanced Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG) or a statement of satisfactory completion of Advanced Rural Skills Training in Anaesthesia

RANZOG is managing the obstetrics component of the program. Ms Roxon said details about the anaesthetics component would be announced shortly.


Published: 15 Nov 2010