Axe falls on largest GP research project

The country’s largest GP research project is to be axed after 18 years, leaving Australia with no “valid, reliable and independent data source” of clinical activity in general practice. 

The BEACH study will close on 30 June after the Federal Department of Health said it would not continue funding into the new financial year.

Based on the activities of some 11,000 GPs over the past 18 years, it offers detailed information on the patients seen in general practice, their clinical presentations, the problems