Getting doctors with the right skills to the right places

A PANEL of rural health experts will review the national incentives program for GPs to ensure doctors getting the incentives are working in areas of highest demand.

The group will focus on reviewing the General Practices Rural Incentives Program over the next month, with a final report due in January next year.

Health Assistant Minister Senator Fiona Nash said the panel was being created to ensure the workforce incentives were "getting the right doctors, with the right skills, to the right places".

The panel will include former Rural Doctors Association of Australia president Dr Paul Mara, former Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton and rural health expert Professor John Humphreys.

Sen Nash said the panel would consult with rural doctors on how to improve the rural incentive classification system.

It aims to address problems including incentives being directed to larger towns with less demand.

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