GPs hope to break specialist bottleneck with Aussie-first asynchronous advice

The eConsultant system, rolled out in rural Queensland, is expanding.
Professor Claire Jackson.

A system for GPs to send formal advice requests to other specialists and receive a typed response within three days is expanding after a “really positive” response.

The eConsultant system — which currently lets GPs request clinical advice from dermatologists, endocrinologists and cardiologists — will be expanded next year to include respiratory, renal, neurology, obstetrics and infectious diseases specialists.