GPs at the Deep End: Identifying and addressing social disadvantage wherever it lies

Elizabeth Sturgiss, Peter W. Tait, Kirsty Douglas, Joo Inn Chew, Susan Baglow, Graham Watt

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    BACKGROUND: GPs at the Deep End first started in Scotland and brought together Scottish general practitioners (GPs) working in the 100 most deprived practices in the country. The group continues to provide peer support, advocacy, training and research opportunities to learn more about general practice in disadvantaged areas. In 2016, Canberra GPs came together to form a local Deep End group, supported by the Scottish initiators. OBJECTIVE: To describe the process and benefits of beginning a local Deep End group in the Canberra region. DISCUSSION: The Canberra Deep End group includes GPs working with a diverse group of patients from disadvantaged areas. Since its inception, the group has met regularly to discuss local issues, advocate for change in local government policy, and provide peer support and learning opportunities. We highlight this powerful movement to Australian GPs working in areas of disadvantage and encourage others to develop their own Deep End group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)811-813
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


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