Category Archives: Medical workforce issues

Don Quixote de la Canberra


The ongoing saga of trying to create public awareness of the massive waste of money represented by the ACT Government funded Nurse-led Walk in Clinics has finally, after literally years of campaigning, led to an article in our local Canberra … Continue reading

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The true cost of the ACT Taxpayer funded Nurse-Led Walk-In Clinics


I have been rallying for several years about the incredibly wasteful political exercise that the ACT Health Department has been running in the form an increasing number of fully tax-payer funded Nurse-led Walk-In Clinics. This resulted in an open letter … Continue reading

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Health of the Nation: good and bad news according to Australia’s GPs 


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Australia’s GPs believe that mental health is the number one emerging health concern, often related to co-existing chronic health conditions – but more is needed to keep Australians well. This is one of the…

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Stretched


Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:
“I want to change doctors.” Reviewing her chart before entering the room I could see that she had been asking for this for months. The medical assistant had warned me that she was…

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An open letter to the ACT Minister for Health


Dear Minister Fitzharris Over the recent past I have been sending you letters and you have not answered them. I sent those letters as an ACT Taxpayer, a small businessowner and as a General Practioner. One would have assumed that … Continue reading

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The GP Clinic owned and funded by the ACT Health Department


Sounds bizarre doesn’t it ? But let’s think about it. Currently we have two Nurse-Led walk in clinics that ACT Government funds with plans for another 11 million Dollars clinic in the near future and another two down the track. … Continue reading

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Is this votebuying or healthcare ?


The ACT Government seems hellbent on using primary healthcare as a vehicle to appease voters. With no regards for evidence or good economic governance Fulfilling their election promises they have now announced the building of a $13.5 million new seven … Continue reading

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Hunting for Dr Right


Our clinic is recruiting again. We are saying goodbye to two of our Registrars next month and will be rather short on available GP consultations. We honestly believe that we are punching far above our weight at our small little Practice and … Continue reading

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A future without doctors – ACT Health’s vision for the Territory 


A recent piece in the Canberra Times highlighted the path that the ACT  Government is setting out for medical practice in the Territory. We all accept that the provision of healthcare is expensive. What I, as a provider of Primary Healtcare, cannot … Continue reading

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Deskilling – can we avoid it ?


My wife and I were trained in South Africa. Out of sheer necessity we were able to give anaesthetics, do Caeserian Sections and take out appendixes when we finished our Intern years. Over there there is no one else to … Continue reading

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