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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.

20 Dec 2017

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 2015-16 year#:

  • there were 35,934 GPs, 25,825 were full service equivalent (FSE).
  • 145.4 million NRA services were provided by GPs.
  • 45.4% of GPs were female.
  • 27,379 were vocationally registered GPs
  • 4,912 were non vocationally registered GPs.
  • there were 3,643 GP Registrars.
  • 14% of GPs were from 65+ Age groups.
  • 40.6% of GPs trained overseas.

 

In 2015-16*:

Major Cities

  • 101.8 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in NSW
  • 98.6 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in VIC
  • 107.3 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in QLD
  • 84.5 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in WA
  • 103.5 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in SA
  • 73.9 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in ACT
  • 99.4 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in Australia


Outer regional, remote and very remote areas

  • 90.7 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in QLD
  • 70.2 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in WA
  • 76.4 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in SA
  • 74.8 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in TAS
  • 48.7 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in NT
  • 97.4 FSE GPs per 100,000 people in Australia

 

GP training in 2015

  • 4,936 GP training positions/trainees (out of a total of 20,069 training positions)
  • 5,228 GP registrars undertaking AGPT training
  • 1,529 1st Year GP registrars
  • 3,812 Female GP Registrars
  • 2,459 GP Registrars completing general practice training through the rural pathway
  • 55% increase in training numbers between 2011-2015
General practice was one of the top three most preferred type of medical practice for medical students in the final year of their medical degree in 2015^.
 
 

Accreditation 

  • 90.1% of GPs work in an accredited practice!
  • 67% (approximately) of general practices are accredited+
 

Usual GP 

  • 78% of patients have a preferred usual GP&
  • 98% of people aged 45 and over have a usual GP$
  • 93% of Australians always go to the same general practice:
 
 

 

#Data from GP Workforce Statistics, downloaded from Department of Health on 19 December 2017

*Data from Report on Government Services 2017  http://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2017/health/rogs-2017-volumee.pdf

^MTRP 19th report. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/work-pubs-mtrp-19

General practice activity in Australia 2015-16.  H.Britt et al. University of Sydney, 2016

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

: The Menzies-Nous Australian Health Survey 2012

& Australian Bureau of Statistics. Patient Experiences in Australia Survey 2016-17

Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016


Published: 20 Dec 2017