Lyne MP Dr David Gillespie says his goal is to deliver solutions for rural communities facing GP shortages

Review process announced for GP Distribution Priority Area classifications

One of my biggest priorities as Minister for Regional Health is to deliver solutions for rural communities facing GP shortages.

I've announced a review process to help rural communities respond to unforeseen changes to their medical workforce.

The Distribution Priority Area system assesses regions annually, using the most up to date data to support approvals for priority access to internationally-trained doctors and bonded doctors.

If an application is approved under this review process, an area will be eligible to access additional programs to support recruitment of a broader pool of doctors.

You can get more information from the Department of Health website:

United Kingdom gives 4 million vaccines in swap arrangment

It's great news that our government has secured 4 million extra Pfizer vaccinations from the United Kingdom.

This will help to obliterate wait times and means millions of Australians will be able to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated sooner.

With other recent agreements reached with Singapore and Poland, it means Australia will receive 9 million Pfizer doses in September.

Every single vaccination plays a part. To book your appointment, please visit

Congratulations to our regional Paralympians

We are incredibly proud of our Mid-North Coast, MidCoast and former resident athletes who have competed in the Tokyo

Paralympic Games over the past fortnight. Extraordinary achievements all round.

  • Ryley Batt - wheelchair rugby and flag bearer (Port Macquarie)
  • Andrew Edmonson - wheelchair rugby (Port Macquarie)
  • James Turner - 400m and 100m track (Diamond Head)
  • Luke Bailey - 100m track (Wingham)
  • Paige Leonhardt - 100m Butterfly (Port Macquarie)