Rethink needed on assessing welfare cases

Dr Tony Marshal
GP, Frankston, Victoria

GPs are expected to assume many different roles in their daily working lives. But like many other aspects of their responsibilities, this is expected to be simultaneous at times.

Consider how many hats you need to wear when you are seeing someone whose only living relative has just passed away and the patient herself has multiple chronic problems. I can think of a counsellor’s, a psychiatrist’s, a social worker’s and last but not least that of a