GPs fear aged care referrals lost in IT blackhole

GPs fear vulnerable patients needing aged care services are falling through the cracks due to ongoing problems with a new national referral system.

The Federal Government changed the aged-care service referral pathway from a local to a central system in July last year with the launch of the My Aged Care website - through which all GP referrals for care now have to be made.

By September the government had admitted the system was clunky to use and advised GPs to fax referrals for home care, such as wound