Struggling super clinics in Darwin need rethink: GPs

DARWIN GPs have called on the federal government to rethink rather than withdraw its general practice investment in the city, after Health Minister Nicola Roxon this month axed a $5 million super clinic in the city’s northern suburbs, citing a lack of interest in the project.

“GP super clinics are buildings,” said Dr Lionel Crompton, who has a practice in Darwin’s northern suburbs where the $5 million facility was to be located. 

“We just need recruiting to occur... We’ve got something like 50% of the workforce we need.”

Dr Crompton added that goodwill among Darwin doctors towards the super clinics program was dented when the recently opened nearby Palmerston super clinic, itself struggling for staff, “knocked off” GPs from existing practices, including his own.

Austin Taylor, chair of FCD Health, the joint venture of Flinders and Charles Darwin universities running the Palmerston