Australia’s doctor deserts - see how your suburb compares in access to healthcare
Associate Prof Melanie Davern, the director of the Australian Urban Observatory, says the issue is at least partly to do with how we plan our cities.
“We don’t have planners working with the health system – this is the major problem. We don’t think about an urban system. We just have a planning department, a health department and a transport department. But they are not really connected,” she says.
“Because [planning is] population based, [those outer areas] are never going to see improved access to things like GPs.”