Resumes coming in

CLEAR MESSAGE. Residents united on Friday morning to urge a general practitioner to relocate to Kerang.

CLEAR MESSAGE. Residents united on Friday morning to urge a general practitioner to relocate to Kerang.

GENERAL practitioners wanting to relocate to Kerang have submitted their resumes following the development of a promotional video.

The increase is a result of Northern District Community Health's We Want a GP campaign.

Views of the video quadrupled in the space of 24 hours after the piece – set to Queen's 1984 hit, I Want To Break Free – featured on Melbourne talkback radio and national news programs.

The brainchild of the service's chief executive officer, Mandy Hutchinson, the video was broadcast during last Thursday's edition of The Project and Friday's Today program.

More than 80 people – including health service staff, community leaders, children and others – gathered inside the meeting room of the health service's Fitzroy Street headquarters on Friday for a live cross to Today's studios to promote the We Want a GP campaign.

"It was great to see so many people come and attend the live cross. Their attendance makes it clear that the community really appreciates what we are doing," Ms Hutchinson said.

"I noticed online that there are 164 general practitioner vacancies throughout Victoria. Wouldn't it be great if this campaign helps fill those positions?"

Although the health service continues to receive resumes from general practitioners wanting to relocate to the town and the Fitzroy Street Medical Clinic, the service is still for a vocationally-registered person who can mentor trainee GPs.

"We have received more resumes, but we are still after that magical one of someone who is vocationally registered," Ms Hutchinson said.

ALL SMILES. Northern District Community Health chief executive officer, Mandy Hutchinson has become the face of the We Want a GP initiative.

ALL SMILES. Northern District Community Health chief executive officer, Mandy Hutchinson has become the face of the We Want a GP initiative.

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