Story: Primary health care

John Street Doctors

John Street Doctors

This building in Newtown, Wellington, housed a medical practice from 1894 to 2001. In 1946 resident doctor William Shirer decided to establish a group practice – a radical concept at the time. His experiment was successful. The building was sold to the Child Cancer Foundation in 2001, ending 55 years of group practice.  

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Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Improving access to health care, 1900s–1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2022)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019