Remembering the GP who made it to the top of Australian politics

OBITUARY


The country’s political leaders have paid tribute to the GP and former Federal Health Minister who played a leading role in the creation of Medibank, which secured affordable healthcare for millions of Australians.

Dr Doug Everingham, who died last month, was the health minister during the Whitlam Government, having trained as a psychiatrist, surgeon and worked as a GP in Rockhampton in Queensland.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described him as a compassionate man who had helped to change Australia for the better.

“[He] oversaw significant reform, which, crucially has had an