Time to bid goodbye to popular GP Tips column

The brainchild of Brisbane GP Dr Justin Coleman, GP Tips has been an extraordinary success with 650 tips from around 300 GPs since 1998 – about 100 will remain available online on the MO website.

“I got the idea from... women’s magazines that always have ‘handy hints’,” Dr Coleman said.

Consistently rated highly by MO readers, the column was initially met with pessimism by some.

“I remember contacting my medical defence organisation and them being very cool on the idea,” Dr Coleman said. “But I can only recall 10 complaint letters about the use of any tip.” 

Around a quarter of the tips came from a core group of six GPs, including Dr Coleman.

“The column reflects the clever, sometimes brilliant, lateral thinking of Australian GPs,” he said.

During its lifespan, two GPs have patented their tips and many have appeared in newsletters and blogs