Tag Archives: GP

So what does the Productivity Commisioner Report say ?


We woke this morning to the headlines screaming out: “Aussies making ‘avoidable’ hospital visits due to poor GP access”   It makes for seemingly depressing reading in regards to how poorly GPs are looking after their patients: GPs are hard … Continue reading

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The winds of change


My wife and I ran our own small GP Clinic in Canberra from 2006-20018. It was a small clinic that we built up with love and very long hours and with a full contingent of 4 or 5 fulltime doctors … Continue reading

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When ideology and election cycles determine health policy – and patientcare deteriorates.


Meet Jimmy. A nice young man living in Canberra with a good, above average, income. And he has a wealthy father who cares deeply about him. Jimmy has the common cold and feels a bit off. He really cannot go … Continue reading

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Smoke & mirrors.The Politics of Medicine


Canberrans woke up this morning to the sounds & sights  of the Media lamenting the fact that “Canberrans are the most likely to be slugged fees for Medicare services” A dramatic description followed describing how the latest AIHW report had … Continue reading

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Little Sick, Big Sick


Originally posted on partridgegp:
GPs, Pharmacists, and Nurse Practitioners have roles in primary care – but it’s not either or. It’s both. They shouldn’t be competing against each other. They are not the same. Professor Claire Jackson has her views…

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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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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 being a diligent GP worth it?


I have been a General Practitioner in Canberra for thirteen years. During this time I have developed a reputation for being a tenacious and persistent advocate for the appropriate and respectful management of my patients by other health services and … Continue reading

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