A federal government grant to help recruit GPs to the Peninsula will now be used to upskill the region’s frontline staff.
The Hunter New England Primary Health Network says the $100,000 handed over last year has been more or less untouched, despite a working group managing to recruit three of five required doctors.
Additionally, four trainees known as registrars were hired.
PHN CEO Richard Nankervis says the team's still trying to get those remaining two GPs on the ground for us though.
“The increased number of GP registrars is quite an effective way of also starting to build practice numbers and meet local patient needs as well,” Mr Nankervis said.
The cash from Canberra will go towards scholarships for the professionals, with part of the focus on further mental health, and drug and alcohol support training for Aboriginal health workers.