New initiative showcases Mudgee as a destination for doctors
March 21, 2013

Supported by a local coal miner, the Mudgee4Doctors program highlights the great lifestyle and career opportunities in Mudgee–and also fills an important need for medical professionals in the area.

As the population of Mudgee has grown, the area has experience the challenge of extended waiting times to see a doctor; so local miner Glencore Xstrata, which operates the nearby Ulan coal mine, worked closely with the community to come up with a long-term solution - Mudgee4Doctors.


Dr Liz Kennedy, Dr Merran Auland, Dr Michael Harfield and Dr Natalie Meredith are four doctors who have moved to the Mudgee Region in the last year.


The Mudgee4Doctors initiative recruits new and junior doctors to the Mudgee-Gulgong area – and also helps them settle in to their new community. The program offers a wide range of support services, from assistance with relocation and child care support, to social events for the doctors to get to know their new neighbours.

“Mudgee4Doctors is about creating relationships with prospective doctors and their families, working closely with the existing medical services, the community and helping solve problems that may prevent them from staying,” says Kerry Barling, Project Coordinator of Mudgee4Doctors. 

Since it began in early 2012, the program has attracted doctors from Queensland, South Australia and Victoria to the region, and has also been supporting professionals in medical centres in the Mudgee area.

Mudgee4Doctors works because it benefits both the community – by decreasing waiting times to see a doctor– and the doctors themselves, by making it easier to fit in to a new place and share the local workload. It’s just another way that our world class miners help build a community’s capacity long beyond the life of a mine.

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