To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science ~ Albert Einstein.
Ok, here’s a little quiz. True or false? (Answers below)
- Herpes Zoster (shingles) in Australia continues to increase over time.
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease imposes a high level of societal and financial burden on the community in Australia.
- Of all GP consultations conducted in a language other than English, more than eighty percent are conducted by multilingual GPs who speak the patient’s language.
- For 15% of people living with schizophrenia in Australia, ongoing management is provided by their GP alone.
Before you scroll down to the answers, you need to know that the common source of this information is the research program BEACH, short for Bettering the Evaluation of Care in Health.
For the past eighteen years BEACH has provided us with important information to improve patient care and primary care services in Australia.
Government funding for the research program will cease which means BEACH will be closed. The government will also stop funding the Primary Health Care Research & Information Services (PCHRIS).
This has caused another shock wave through Australian general practice and primary care.
A sad day for patients, GPs and health providers.