GPs on verge of breakdown after practices stripped of 'priority' status

A Senate inquiry is told that securing Distribution Priority Area status is key to escaping major workforce headaches

GPs are burning out, their staff are copping abuse, and it is getting harder to recruit doctors due to changes in workforce priority status, a Senate inquiry has been told.

The inquiry into GP services heard several clinics in the Melbourne suburbs have been stripped of their Distribution Priority Area (DPA) status by the federal Department of Health, despite their diverse and growing populations.

DPA status allows clinics to recruit overseas doctors and offers financial incentives to GPs who treat vulnerable