Local GPs lose $100,000 after-hours grant to corporate that ‘doesn’t do in-person consults’

Dr Sara Renwick-Lau says she is disappointed by the decision, which leaves the town of Mallacoota with no funding for GP after-hours cover.
Dr Sara Renwick-Lau
Dr Sara Renwick-Lau.

The only GP practice in a small rural town is crying foul after losing out on $100,000 in grants to provide after-hours care to its community, with the cash going to a national telehealth corporate instead.

In February, Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) revealed that its grant for after-hours care in Mallacoota — a town some 530km from Melbourne — had been awarded to a company called My Emergency Doctor, which is apparently Australia’s first virtual emergency doctor service.