Mr GRIMLEY: My question is to the Minister for Health. Over the past few months I have enjoyed travelling around Western Victoria, meeting with 21 councils to discuss local issues. Each mayor and CEO highlights similar areas of concern: the retention of GPs and access to health services more generally, which continue to dominate the discussions I have had with each shire and council. In a recent meeting the mayor of the Yarriambiack shire explained that the largest obstacle for rural health services within this locality is attracting and keeping proficient doctors. The government has addressed similar concerns regarding teaching staff in rural and regional Victoria by offering financial incentives to prospective educators.
My question is: can the minister provide any insight into what steps the Andrews government is taking in order to ensure that all Victorians have access to reliable and expert health services, particularly in rural and regional Victoria?