Hi all, I'm 8 weeks pregnant with our second baby and have recently moved to the Mornington Peninsula from WA. As I did not have a GP on the Peninsula I went to one recommended by a friend but I found her to be incredibly negative about the Australian public health system (she's from London) and not helpful at all in regards to my pregnancy. She has written all of my referrals for scans, blood tests etc and a letter to take to the Frankston hospital. She told me she does not do shared care and I will need to go to the hospital for all of my appointments where I will be seen by midwives only. She even argued with me over my due date and told me that I do not need a dating scan nor the 12 week nuchal testing. She did however write referrals for both scans and we have since had the dating scan done (to confirm my suspicion that I was more than a week further along than she predicted!) at full cost to us because she wrote on the referral that there was no medical reason to have it done!
Would really appreciate any advice/experience regarding shared care GP's affiliated with the Frankston hospital that operate around/near Rosebud and just generally how the public system works here. In WA I had all my antenatal appointments at the local clinic with either a midwife or (public) GP/Obs and then delivered at the local public hospital with whichever Obs was on duty at the time. It just seems strange that there is not a similar service on the Mornington Peninsula. Really not looking forward to the 90 min round trip to Frankston each time I need to have a checkup. Thanks in advance