Dr Andrew Baird


I have 25 years’ experience in general practice.

I obtained my medical degree at Edinburgh University in 1988. I trained in general practice in South West Scotland, in rural medicine in the Mid West region of WA, and in anaesthetics in the North West of England.

Prior to moving to Melbourne in 2007, I worked as a rural GP in Western Victoria for 11 years. I was a part-time Medical Educator for the Australian General Practice Training program from 2010 to 2018, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice, Flinders University, SA from 2007 to 2017. From 2020 to 2021, I was a tutor in professional practice for medical students at University of Melbourne.

I am a Medical Advisor and Claims Manager for Avant (www.avant.org.au).

My interests are in all areas of general practice and family medicine.

I provide video consultations, in-person consultations, and phone consultations.

My preference is for consultation by video, except where this is not appropriate (for example, emergencies, direct physical examination required, procedure required (e.g. immunisation), poor quality audiovisual connection, and the patient does not consent to a video consultation).


Baird A, 'How to treat the 'NOVID' cougher, and other respiratory puzzles', Medical Republic, 22 July 2021

Baird A, 'GPs, put down the phone and switch on the webcam', 'Insight+', MJA, 21 June 2021

Baird A, 'Telephone killed the video star?', Medical Republic, 3 March 2021

Baird A, Can video GP consultations become the norm?', 'Insight+', MJA, 1 February 2021

Baird A, 'Victoria’s COVID-19 response: no Royal Commission needed', 'Insight+', MJA, 14 September 2020

Baird A, 'Video communication for GPs and patients,' 'Insight+', MJA, 17 August 2020

Baird A, 'The MBS, the ECG, and the GP', 'Insight+', MJA, 10 August 2020

Baird A, ‘Telehealth: latest changes may exclude some patients in need’, ‘Insight+’, MJA, 20 July 2020

Baird A, ‘A ‘linked learning’ approach to GP Registrar workshops’, presentation at GPTEC, Sydney, 15-17 August 2017

Baird A, Baird J, 'A breathless patient (Case 3)', 'Check', RACGP, 527, May 2016

Baird A, Ischaemic heart disease, ‘Check’, RACGP, 480, March 2012

Baird A, Acute pulmonary oedema – management in general practice, AFP, December 2010:39, 12, 910-914

Baird A, Alison J, Antonis P, et al, Cardiovascular emergencies, ‘Check’, RACGP, 452, November 2009

Chapman A, Bunker S, Dunbar J, Baird A, et al, Rural smokers – a prevention opportunity, AFP, May 2009:38, 5, 352-356

Baird A, Emergency drugs in general practice, AFP, July 2008:37, 7, 541-547

Baird A, Drugs for the doctor’s bag, Aust Prescriber 2007:30, 143-6