GP denies axed advisory panel had conflicts of interest

Melbourne GP Dr Gillian Singleton, who represented the RACGP on the group, said suggestions by an immigration department secretary that group members were struggling with conflicts of interest were ill-founded. 

She said that despite the difficulty of managing other roles alongside IHAG commitments, health professionals had provided invaluable advice to government for many years without any leaks.

Dr Singleton spoke to MO following last week’s revelations that the group was disbanded in December last year due to fears its members might leak confidential information relating to Operation Sovereign Borders.

The 12-member group included health professionals representing a range of bodies such as the AMA, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian College of Nursing.

“Often our advice may have been