'You're not qualified': GP's bizarre experience of shared care

Doctor told to attend half-day midwives course after delivering 2800 babies

The role of GPs in antenatal shared care arrangements seems to be under threat in some areas of Australia. Below we hear from Dr Grahame Deane, a GP obstetrician who has delivered more than 2800 babies during his long career. Now based in Lake Cathie in northern NSW, he says he's worried by the resistance of midwifery units to GP involvement.


Even just doing shared care is difficult here in Port Macquarie because the midwifery unit has imposed a requirement that any GP who wishes to do shared antenatal care is expected to