Tamborine Mountain to lose another Doctor


Tamborine Mountain has 3 medical practices. Recently the principal of one of them died in an overseas car accident. Now another doctor, is about to go because of `red tape’.

When doctors are so hard to find in rural areas, I know of one who travels from Merimbula to Coober Pedy in a 2 week on, 2 week off shift at a hospital in Coober Pedy. I’m sure this is at great cost to the system, why would we discourage overseas trained medical practitioners?

If the doctor was an overseas trained engineer, he’d be offered bridging courses at TAFE. I know because I’ve taught in them.

So now, we have a highly qualified doctor with 25 years experience in 3 countries, who because of red tape is being denied to practice further in Australia.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in its `closed shop’ mentality is refusing to accept hospital experience and teaching qualifications in medicine as part of accreditation and will not allow an extension, to the time required for retraining. It has set impossible requirements: of a 5 year GP retraining. They are not accepting 5 year German GP training or 8 years hospital experience and passing Australian GP exams successfully.

This is the doctor who saved my life when my blood pressure suddenly went over 200 and got me to hospital in time for a pacemaker. I know there are many other patients he has helped on Tamborine Mountain and like many others, I am angry that this is happening.

Unless he is granted an extension Dr Ulf Steinvorth will be leaving the mountain in January 2017.

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5 thoughts on “Tamborine Mountain to lose another Doctor

  1. Tamborine Mountain to lose another Doctor – christinedeacon2

  2. This is unconscionable on the part of the powers that be, namely The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. For goodness sake, this man is a good doctor, knowledgeable and proficient in the English language. I acknowledge that there can be serious problems when newcomers to Australia are not proficient in the language, mistakes can be made and tragedies can and do result. However, Dr Ulf speaks and writes English as well as any educated Australian professional. He should be helped to remain here, not given the Royal Flush.


  3. Dr Ulf saved my life as well. i had a muscle bridge on my LAD which required open heart surgery. if Dr ulf had not been so persistant nothing would have been done. i could go through all the details. but put simply Dr Ulf made the difference. very sad we have lost a brilliant Dr. regards michael seal.


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