The Parkes GP Working Party
Attracting quality health professionals to our region to live, work and stay.
The recruitment and retention of health professionals has been identified as an important issue by the Parkes Shire Community. This importance was confirmed during wide community consultations held during April 2012.
The Parkes GP Working Party was established in June 2007 to provide a forum for discussion on and development of workable strategies for the retention and recruitment of a general practitioner/medical doctor workforce in the Parkes Shire.
The focus of the group was broadened in September 2012 from General Practitioners to include other health professionals (Nurses and Allied Health Professionals). A Recruitment & Retention of Health Professionals Policy was adopted by Parkes Shire Council to support this direction.
Fundraising has been positively impacted by the creation of the GP Cup, a community event coordinated by Parkes Shire Council with the support of major industry employer, Northparkes Mines to raise funds for the working party to support attraction and retention campaigns and initiatives for doctors and specialist services to the Parkes Region. The tagline for the event, a 'Doctor in a Day' has generated unsurpassed support from the community raising over $100,000 since the event's inception in 2009.
One of the success stories of this initiative is Dr Thet, who was successfully recruited as a result of the inaugural Northparkes GP Cup held in 2009. Dr Thet who has procedural skills in anaesthetics and obstetrics relocated to the region in October 2010 to work from Clarinda St Surgery and provide additional support to the Parkes hospital. Dr Thet continues in this role today and is a valued member of the Parkes community.