New research released this week is highlighting the need for interventions in the way doctors are trained in the Northern Territory.

The study by the Menzies School of Health Research has found that new enrolments for GP vocational training in the NT have declined by 80 per cent over the past seven years.

In 2016 there were 74 junior doctors in GP training and that is down to just 14 this year.

The study highlights five areas that need attention including ensuring adequate infrastructure for extended learning, additional opportunities for junior doctors, portable employment benefits, better remuneration of GP’s and better promotion of the role.

Senior Research Fellow, Dr Deborah Russell told NIRS News it is critical there is a focus on junior doctors.

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