Orange is suffering from a shortage of doctors and health professionals, a Sydney University submission to Orange City Council has found.
The university's chief infrastructure officer Greg Robinson said the situation in Orange was worse than much of NSW when compared by population.
"The catchment of Orange has a shortage of medical/health-related professionals relative to population need, particularly in the prime catchment area," he said.
Orange suffers from being below 'the rest of NSW' in its provision of general practice/medical services.Greg Robinson, Sydney University chief infrastructure officer
"[Orange] has around 60 health/medical professionals per 1000 residents compared with 150 across 'the rest of NSW' and 126 nationally.
"Orange suffers from being below 'the rest of NSW' in its provision of general practice/medical services, pathology, dental and other allied health services."
Mr Robinson said there was a projected 12 per cent increase in demand for doctors and allied health services in Orange in the next 16 years.
In a submission on the masterplan for the planned Health and Innovation precinct planned for the Bloomfield area Mr Robinson said the precinct would boost health services.
He said creating a health precinct would allow for the development of allied medical services, education and research in Orange.
"The draft masterplan will serve as a catalyst for improved and extended health care services to cater for the growing and ageing population of Orange, including expansion of all health care services inclusive of mental health services," he said in the submission.
Sydney University runs a School of Rural Health at Bloomfield which provides rural medical experience for medical students in years three and four of their training.
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