'There's nowhere to go now': BEACH closure confirmed

AUSTRALIA'S foremost general practice research program has been unable to secure funding and will close at the end of the month.

Professor Helena Britt (pictured), the champion of BEACH for the last 18 years, is retiring.

Professor Britt confirmed on Friday that the Family Medicine Research Centre, which conducted the BEACH program, cannot find the $2.25 million a year required to keep running.

RACGP president Dr Frank Jones says the closure is an ”extraordinary retrograde step” which reflects