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.
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
- there were 36,938 GPs
- 25,149 were full service equivalent (FSE)
- there were 151.6 million NRA services were provided by GPs
- 46.1% of GPs were female
- 28,474 were vocationally registered GPs
- 4512 non-vocationally registered GPs
- 14.4% of GPs were from 65+ aged groups
- 41% of GPs trained overseas
- There are fewer GPs as geographical remoteness increases
Table 1. FSE* GPs per 100,000 people in Australia
Table 2. FSE* GPs per 100,000 people across each State/Territory
|Outer regional, remote and very remote||NP||NP||96.8||77.9||85||84.2||NA||54.9||89.9|
*1 FSE is a 37.5 hour working week
^NP not published
+NA not available
In 2018, there were:
- 5676 GP training positions/trainees (out of a total 21,507 training positions)
- 5467 GP registrars undertaking AGPT training
- 3419 (or 60%) female GP registrars
- 1446 first year registrars (in the AGPT pathway)
- 5296 GP registrars completing general practice training through the rural pathway
There was minimal growth in the number of new GP registrars. In 2018, there were only 10 additional GP training places compared to 2017.
- In 2018, there were 6596 accredited general practices
- In 2014-15, there was an estimated 7185 GP establishments (note there is no authoritative source for the number of GP clinics in Australia)
- 76% of people have a usual/preferred GP
- 73% of people could always see their preferred GP when needed
- 87% of people over 45 have a usual GP
- 81% of people over 45 have a usual place of care
 Health Workforce Dataset: Medical Education and Training Dataset. Canberra. DoH, 2019. Accessed on 5/12/2019
Published: 12 Dec 2019