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AMA Family Doctor Week highlights the role of GPs – our family doctors – and their value to the community and the health system as they deliver high-quality holistic health care.

Family Doctor Week will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July 2017. The theme for this year’s event is Your family doctor: all about you.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Australia has one of the best health systems in the world. Its strength stems from general practice and the pivotal role of the general practitioner. GPs are the first port of call when Australian feel unwell, and GPs manage 90 per cent of the problems they encounter.

Australians already know the benefits of having a regular family doctor, with 85 per cent of the population visiting a GP at least once a year. Ninety three per cent of Australians return to same practice, and 66 per cent return to the same GP. GPs are also the most used and trusted source of child health information.

Events and activities leading up to and during Family Doctor Week will focus on the benefits of having a family doctor and the invaluable role they play in Australia’s health system.


The first of the 2017 Family Doctor Week videos are now available with more to come. The Reducing Your Risks video will be broadcast during Family Doctor Week in practices that subscribe to Tonic Health Media. Other practices with a video feed are welcome to download the video to include in their feed. All practices are encouraged to embed the YouTube link into their website and to share it via Twitter with #amafdw17 or Facebook.

Reducing Risk Factors

Federal Labor MP, Emma Husar, loves her GP!

Even doctors need their own GP

Your GP is a great investment in your health

Your GP is all about you!

Warren Snowdon MP

Cathy O'Toole MP

AMA Family Doctor Week 2017 is all about you!

Catherine King

Richard Di Natale

Andrew Laming


  • AMA President's National Press Club Address 23 August 2017. Book your ticket here 
  • Family Doctor Week 2017 videos
  • Daily media releases highlighting general practice themes.
  • The Family Doctor Week 2017 poster for general practice clinics – currently in development.
  • General practice themed articles in Australian Medicine and the Medical Journal of Australia.
  • A general practice special edition in Canberra Doctor, the AMA's news publication for doctors in the Australian Capital Territory.
  • ACT AMA will host a dinner for local GPs and publish the annual Directory of Medical Specialists, Allied Health Professionals & General Practitioners with Special Interests. The directory covers practitioners in the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW and is issued free of charge to local GPs.

What is the AMA doing for GPs?

We are a powerful voice for general practice, and are working to ensure that government policies and programs are serving the needs of GPs and their patients. Find out more

How you can help promote Family Doctor Week?

To give this year's AMA Family Doctor Week as much exposure as possible, it would be appreciated if you could include the logo for this year's event on your signature block, for the next couple of months, with a link to the Family Doctor Week 2017 web page.

To add the logo:

  • Go to the settings of your email account at the signature block insert the below image.
  • It would be appreciated if you could also hyperlink the logo to the Family Doctor Week 2017 web page. To do this highlight the image and click on the link icon to insert the link. The link for the Family Doctor Week 2017 web page is

If you have any trouble doing this, please contact us on 02 6270 5400

AMA Family Doctor Logo

To further enhance the concept of the Family Doctor, the AMA is now making available a logo for GP members to use in identifying and promoting themselves to patients as a Family Doctor.

The use of the 2017 AMA Family Doctor Logo is a sign to the community and your medical and health professional colleagues that you provide patient-centred, holistic, and longitudinal medical care.

The logo is only being made available to financial GP and GP Registrar members of the AMA for their individual use. It can be used for website profiles, email signature blocks, and electronic or professional stationery.

View conditions of use and download


AMA Family Doctor Week 2017 Poster

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Download, print and display your AMA Family Doctor Week 2017 poster. Take a picture of you with it and send it to us to share in our promotions. Email it to us at or tweet it with #amafdw17.