Primary health care ‘oversold’

Northern Sydney Health senior staff specialist Dr Paul Cunningham sparked renewed debate with a recent article on the topic in Australian Health Review and told MO the primary sector’s focus on public awareness gave it an advantage in the policy debate.

“The whole primary healthcare ethos is about public awareness,” he said. “They are skilled and resourced to make public statements, so it is a very easy step from there to political lobbying.”

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine president Dr Sally McCarthy said the argument that many people were &lsquo

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