Rural doctors’ health matters

The veteran of more than 30 years’ country practice says he regards events such as rural doctors abruptly quitting their practices or neglecting their health as signs of a system failure.

“When I first started I wasn’t aware of the pressures that can build up,” Dr Sexton told MO.

“The more you get into practice the more the community relies on you, the more patients you attract, and you need to be all things to all people without a lot of support.”

The turning point, which led him to help set up the Dr DOC program for rural GPs in South Australia

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