Halton continues to attract, retain and engage family physicians

Halton continues to attract, retain and engage family physicians

Release Date: Jun 21, 2018

On June 20, 2018, Halton Region shared highlights of its successful Physician Recruitment Initiative as part of the 2017 Year-End Report to Regional Council. In 2017, the Initiative supported 17 new family physicians as they established full-time practices in Halton. Since its inception in 2002, Halton’s Physician Recruitment Initiative has helped bring 293 new family physicians to Halton region.

“Through our physician engagement program, the Halton Region Health Department connects prospective family physicians with opportunities in the community, provides educational events and supports physicians in maintaining their practices in Halton,” said Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. “This program ensures residents have continued access to the medical services they need which supports the health and well-being of all residents.”

Halton Region also partners with the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, a clinical teaching unit that began training family medicine residents in June 2011. More than 50 per cent of the medical residents who completed their training through the Halton McMaster program have continued to practise in the region.

“The Region’s Physician Recruitment efforts continue to ensure Halton residents have access to a family doctor, today and in the future,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “This Initiative helps us build and develop relationships with local physicians, foster a culture of learning and education about current public health topics and strengthens the Halton Region Health Department’s reputation as a trusted source of information to support physicians and the health of the community.”

To see a list of recently recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit halton.ca/newdoctor. For physicians interested in practising in Halton, email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311 to learn more about Halton’s Physician Recruitment Initiative.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves 570,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Elizabeth Kosturik
Acting Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 3260
1-866-442-5866
elizabeth.kosturik@halton.ca