NT GPs to receive training to address the healthcare needs of veterans

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NT GPs to receive training to address the healthcare needs of veterans

Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NT PHN) is proud to announce the funding of specialised training for general practitioners (GPs) in veteran health. The training aims to equip doctors with the necessary skills to address the unique needs and health concerns of veterans.

There are over 10,000 current and ex-serving veterans living in the Territory, which, along with their families, represent a significant percentage of the population.

NT PHN has partnered with Dr Kerry Summerscales to deliver this training. Dr Summerscales recently transitioned from the Defence Force and is skilled in defence and veteran health conditions.

The face-to-face program, scheduled for Saturday 11 November in Darwin, will cover topics such as navigating the coordinated veteran care program and post-ADF health assessments, amongst many other topics. The training will provide GPs with a systemic approach to addressing the health needs of veterans, ensuring they receive the best possible care.


NT PHN Executive Manager Ali Lloyd with NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles and Member for Solomon Luke Gosling

Gill Yearsley, CEO of NT PHN, expressed her dedication to supporting veterans.

‘NT PHN is thrilled to partner with Dr Summerscales and other partners in delivering this training. This will support GPs by providing a systemic approach to health concerns in veterans.’

NT PHN and key stakeholders are proud to take this crucial step towards improving the health and wellbeing of veterans. By equipping GPs with specialised training, they aim to ensure veterans have access to and can navigate the health system.

The training program is just one of the many initiatives under Operation Thrive, a comprehensive action plan released by the NT Government to enhance support for veterans and their families, which will continue to roll out over the coming months.

For more information about the GP training program, or to sign up, please visit the event page.

NT PHN Executive Manager Ali Lloyd with Chief Minister Natasha Fyles, Federal Minister for Solomon Luke Gosling and NT Member for Fannie Bay Brent Potter
NT PHN Executive Manager Ali Lloyd with veteran and suicide prevention advocate Ray Martin

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