Parents urged to seek GP care for their children

A stronger ‘medical home’ role for GPs would relieve pressure on paediatric clinics that are being inundated with unnecessary and duplicate referrals, a Victorian study suggests.

In a survey of more than 600 parents at paediatric specialist clinics, researchers found that 25% of families had effectively bypassed the GP and one-third had appointments with another specialist to assess their child for the same medical condition.

The University of Melbourne study showed that many parents had only visited their GP to get a specialist referral for their child, and only 45% were completely