The number of international GPs working in Australia is set to increase due to a reduction in application processing.

The Australian Health Regulation Agency has announced that they’ve been able to cut down application times from four weeks to just seven days, in a move that will see arrival numbers of international doctors returning to pre-pandemic levels.

The move is also set to deal with the current GP shortage that is affecting the country but more especially rural areas that are feeling the shortages the hardest.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ president Nicole Higgins has applauded the development and its potential impact on rural Indigenous communities but says that GPs are currently in a funding crisis.

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