Opinion: GPs can't be a bandaid for all our woes

WHAT do GPs and teachers have in common?

Rather a lot, actually. Both professions are expected to be gatekeepers, reporters and educators of a plethora of society’s ills.  

Think domestic violence, illicit drugs, infectious diseases, poverty, illiteracy, mental health, homelessness, disability and so on. Whenever a big story concerning a police investigation, a coronial inquest and the like appears, the usual solution suggested is to use the schools to educate the public and train GPs to recognise the problem