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General Practice Facts

Who is your GP? General Practitioners/family doctors are specialists in their own right. A GP is trained to treat the whole person and to care for people of all ages, all walks of life, and with all types of medical issues and concerns.

21 Jun 2012

Who is your GP?

General Practitioners - Australia's family doctors - are specialists in their own right. A GP is trained to treat the whole person and to care for people of all ages, all walks of life, and with all types of medical issues and concerns.

GPs are concerned about preventative health and are the best placed to advise about how to stay healthy and well. GPs have 10-15 years of formal education and training before they can practise independently as a GP. A strong GP-led primary health care system keeps people well and saves lives.
 

Facts about General Practice in Australia

Workforce

In the 2014-15 year#:

  • there were 33,275 GPs, 22,005 were full service equivalent (FSE).
  • 136.2 million NRA services were provided by GPs.
  • 44.2% of GPs were female.
  • 25,287 were vocationally registered GPs
  • 4,786 were non vocationally registered GPs.
  • there were 3,202 GP Registrars.
  • 13.2% of GPs were from 65+ Age groups.
  • 39.7% of GPs trained overseas.

In 2014-15*:

Major Cities

  • 98.7 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in NSW
  • 95.3 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in VIC
  • 102.2 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in QLD
  • 78.8 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in WA
  • 99.8 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in SA
  • 69.2 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in ACT
  • 95.4 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in Australia
Outer regional, remote and very remote areas
  • 77.4 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in NSW
  • 85.9 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in VIC
  • 87.2 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in QLD
  • 68.5 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in WA
  • 92.2 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in SA
  • 77.6 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in TAS
  • 70.6 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in NT
  • 80.0 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in Australia

GP training in 2014

  • 4,486 GP training positions/trainees (out of a total of 19,158 training positions)
  • 4,315 GP registrars undertaking GPET training
  • 1,222 1st Year GP registrars
  • 2,801 Female GP Registrars
  • 2,137 GP Registrars completing general practice training through the rural pathway
  • 50.1% increase in training numbers between 2010-2014
General practice was the most preferred type of medical practice for females and ranked third for males in the final year of medical degree and PGY1 in 2013^.
 
 

Accreditation 

  • 90% of GPs work in an accredited practice!
  • 67% (approximately) of general practices are accredited+
 

Usual GP 

  • 93% of Australians always go to the same general practice:
  • 66% of Australians reported always seeing the same doctor:
  • 98.6% of Australians aged 65+ have a 'regular practice' they usually visit!
 
 

 

#Data from GP Workforce Statistics, downloaded from Department of Health on 17 Dember 2015

*Data from Report on Government Services 2016  http://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2016/health

^MTRP 18th report. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-pubs-mtrp-18

General practice activity in Australia 2014-15.  H.Britt et al AIHW, 2015

+ Practice Incentive Program Performance Audit Report No 5. 2010-11. National Audit Office 2010

: The Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey 2012


Published: 21 Jun 2012