Ensuring that all Australians have access to high quality healthcare has been a longstanding passion for me. Indeed, it is a driving concern for the majority of general practitioners I know. Taking maternity leave from my clinical work has given me the mental space to wonder if my clinical practice adequately reflects these beliefs. When we’re all swamped helping ‘our’ patients (the ones that turn up at least sometimes) it’s hard to fathom making policy or practice changes to try to attract in those ‘others’; the people that choose not to be patients; the ones that can’t, won’t or simply don’t access general practice.
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