Three new specialists for Ipswich

IPSWICH will soon have three new medical specialists in the public health sector under a Federal Government training program.

The two psychiatrists and a urologist will work in Ipswich as part of the $356 million Specialist Training Program (STP).

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said gaining the extra specialists was a windfall for the Ipswich community.

“The Federal Labor Government wants to make it easier for the local Ipswich community to see a specialist doctor closer to home. We will now get two psychiatrists, based at the Ipswich Health Plaza and one urologist at Ipswich General Hospital,” he said.

“We want to get specialist doctors out into the community and this program will mean that we get these specialists in our region.”

Details of when the specialists will start are yet to be confirmed.

Health and Ageing Minister Nicola Roxon said the three were part of the 518 trainee doctors Australia-wide who were being supported to undertake specialist medical training.

“We are making record investments in the local health workforce and this crucial funding will boost the number of specialist training places in our community,” Ms Roxon said.

The STP will operate in more than 636 sites across the country with about half in regional, rural and remote areas.

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