Australian-first private GP model to focus on Indigenous

The non-government funded model for Ashfield Country Practice, which is located 9km from the Bundaberg CBD, was developed by GP and chair of the RACGP’s National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Associate Professor Brad Murphy. 

The $1.5 million surgery, which is fully funded and operated by Professor Murphy, and due to open on 1 April, is the first private, accredited practice focusing specifically on Aboriginal health.

However, he said the surgery would also take non-Indigenous patients.

“It will have a mixed billing structure. Aboriginal and aged care patients would be bulk billed,” he said, but noted that most other patients would be billed privately.

Professor Murphy, who helped coordinate the RACGP and Wide Bay Medicare Local’s Bundaberg flood response, said while the practice was up on higher land, the deluge may put the opening date back a little, but otherwise remained on track.