Hobbies as healthcare: Why this GP is taking the lead on social prescribing

Dr James Ibrahim is the inaugural chair of the RACGP's new specific interests group

"I think every GP in Australia has had a patient come in repeatedly for a mental health issue or social problem, then they join a group, start a sport, pick up a hobby — and you don’t see them again.”

Dr James Ibrahim
Dr James Ibrahim.

So says Dr James Ibrahim, Sydney GP and the inaugural chair of the RACGP’s specific interests group for social prescribing.

It’s a concept still in its infancy,

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