Two Permanent GPs Now Providing Services to West Coast Families Wed 12 December 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Health The community of the West Coast will benefit from the appointment of two permanent doctors in their local area. Drs Vineet Jain and Felix Dafe have both taken up permanent positions and will be based in Queenstown at the West Coast District Hospital. The duo will both also provide GP services to Strahan two days per week. The Minister for Health, Michelle O'Byrne, said the appointments were a great result for West Coast communities. "This is fantastic news for people living on the West Coast following what has been a challenging couple of years for GP recruitment in the region," Ms O'Byrne said. "These appointments are the result of an aggressive and lengthy recruitment campaign by Independent Practitioners Network (IPN) who are contracted by Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West (THO-North West) to provide medical services on the West Coast. I congratulate them on their efforts. "Families on the West Coast will be encouraged by these appointments. Having a permanent GP in the area enables more families to develop a relationship with their doctor, which is always preferable to seeing a different face at each appointment." Five GPs operate across the West Coast, with services also provided at Rosebery and Zeehan, Ms O'Byrne said. A GP-administered women's health clinic also operates on a monthly basis. "GPs on the West Coast work very closely with THO North West staff (HealthWest) to ensure a consistent, reliable and quality primary health network which complements hospital services," she said. Ms O'Byrne said both doctors were overseas trained and would be supervised by well known senior GP Dr Charlee Griffiths for their first year."Both doctors will relocate their families to live with them on the West Coast and are keen to involve themselves in community life."