About GP North
The Division of General Practice, Northern Tasmania also known as GP North was established in 1992.
As one of over 100 GP Divisions across Australia, GP North undertook a wide range of activities focused on improving the health of the community including health promotion, early intervention and prevention strategies, health service delivery, medical education and workforce support.
In 2011-2012 the Australian government established independent Primary Health Care Organisations (PHCOs), called Medicare Locals, with the aim to provide better services, improve access to care and drive integration across GP and primary health care services. Subsequently many Divisions of General Practice applied to become Medicare locals. At that time of transition GP North had considerable assets and obligations having invested in infrastructure supporting General Practice in identified areas of need including St Helens and Scottsdale. GP North invested in the construction of the St Helens Medical Practice and the Scottsdale Health Centre.
The St Helens infrastructure was sold shortly after construction and the infrastructure at Scottsdale remains under GP North ownership, with the building currently leased to Ochre Health.
With such an investment in general practice in the 0363 telephone area built up over so many years it was decided to keep GP North as a separate entity and use the funds GP North had generated (and would continue to generate) to support general practitioners and general practice in the 0363 telephone area in Tasmania. A new constitution was drawn up for GP North Incorporated and a committee of four elected to oversee the governance of the organisation according to that constitution.