OVER the next three years Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations will donate $45,000 to help attract doctors to the central west.
The funds will be allocated after the Central NSW Regional Organisation of Councils (CENTROC) developed an innovative regional health recruitment campaign to attract health professionals to live and work in the region.
The campaign titled Beyond The Range is aimed at students, graduates and qualified health professionals through web, print and social media.
A web portal being developed will be a one-stop shop for health professionals. It will provide information and links on training pathways, job opportunities and regional lifestyle benefits.
CENTROC chair and Parkes mayor Ken Keith said recruiting and retaining health professionals was an ongoing challenge.
“Here in central NSW, the Great Dividing Range acts as a huge barrier and there is a lack of knowledge about the professional and lifestyle opportunities that exist beyond the range,” Mr Keith said.
Cadia Valley Operations manager of health, safety, environment and social responsibility Nedra Burns said she was delighted to announce the funding.
“We are pleased to be able to support valuable community campaigns such as Beyond the Range, which will attract essential health professionals and their families to live and work in the central west,” she said.