Doctor-turned MP on the health woes of Australia’s politicians and why they need a GP

After eight years, MP Dr Mike Freelander’s push for an onsite GP at Parliament House in Canberra is gathering momentum.
Dr Mike Freelander. Photo: AAP

Since becoming an MP eight years ago, Dr Mike Freelander has discovered it is not only his vote on the floor of Parliament that other politicians count on.

They have also relied on his medical expertise, with MPs, staffers and visitors popping into his office or baling him up in Parliament’s corridors for advice.