GPs say ‘urban refugees’ increasing regional workload

Many rural Tasmanian practices have six-week wait times and are no longer taking on new patients, a senate inquiry has heard
Australian Associated Press

GPs haves described how “urban refugees” who move to regional Tasmania arrive with chronic health conditions placing general practice’s capacity under further pressure.

Dr Emil Djakic, a GP in Ulverstone, told a senate inquiry sitting the “stressed” healthcare system in regional Tasmania was exacerbated by a growing population of people looking for cheaper housing.