GP launches $3 million defamation case over article which allegedly sparked AHPRA investigation

The GP claims 40% of his patient base has fallen away after the article sparked an AHPRA investigation.
The Age’s previous headquarters on Collins Street. Photo: Wikipedia.

A GP is suing for millions over a newspaper article that alleged he helped two footballers seek exemptions from the AFL’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Dr Russell Cooper, who owns practices in Tasmania and Queensland, claims he was investigated by AHPRA and experienced a 40% drop in patient numbers because of a story published in The Age in February last year.