Women GPs outnumber Men GPs for first time in Australian history

27 Jul 2017

Women GPs now outnumber men GPs, according to recent data from the Medical Board of Australia, with 19,965 women versus 18,992 men in the speciality. This is the first time in Australian history women have numerically dominated general practice.

Women are also the majority in medical schools according to the Federal Government’s latest Medical Training and Review Panel report. They dominate obstetrics and gynaecology traineeships (79.7%), paediatrics (74.9%) and public health medicine (68.8%).

The AMA has consistently advocated for women to have equal opportunity in the medical workforce, with the latest statistics showing the extent to which general practice has embraced this direction.