Celebrating the success of award-winning community initiative, Mudgee 4 Doctors
October 09, 2015
Mudgee 4 Doctors is an award-winning initiative, designed to address a shortage in the medical workforce throughout the Mudgee Gulgong region, by sourcing and recruiting medical professionals from Sydney and other cities.
Dr Alex Ghanem spearheaded the development of the program, which has so far attracted six new doctors and their families to town.
“Our main issue for the past fifteen years, is that we’ve lacked staff on the ground” said Dr Ghanem told the Mudgee Guardian.
“...we’ve attracted new, enthusiastic GPs to town, and it’s been fantastic. We’ve been able to cut down waiting times and take some pressure off staff in both practices,” he said.
“With the lovely doctors we have at the Mudgee Medical Centre and the South Mudgee Medical Centre, we’re just overjoyed with the way the program is heading.’ 
The program, a joint initiative between Hunter Mining company, Glencore and the local medical community, was named as the NSW coal industry’s best community initiative for 2015 at the NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community Awards - a testament to the value that it brings to the local people of Mudgee. 
Watch the below video to find out more about Mudgee 4 Doctors and the benefits it has brought to the community, and those medical professionals who have embraced country living. 

MUDGEE4DOCTORS.jpgWATCH: Mudgee4Doctors 
Glencore has more than $500,000 over five years to the program, to help recruit and retain doctors to the region, and has pledged to continue supporting Mudgee 4 Doctors.
Glencore’s Community Relations Manager, Craig Strudwick, told the Mudgee Guardian the program has been a great success, and is on its way to meeting the targets set at the start.
“It’s very rewarding to see the program on track to meet our overall target of 11 new doctors.” Mr Strudwick said.
The Mudgee 4 Doctors team are hoping that the success of the initiative can be replicated in other rural towns experiencing similar shortages across Australia.

Find out more at mudgee4doctors.com.au

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