4 in 10 parents 'completely confident' in GP skills

Fewer than half of Australian parents are completely confident that GPs can handle the general healthcare of their children, research suggests.

A national online survey of 2100 parents has found 44% believe GPs are up to the job of managing “almost all general health issues” for their children.

Some 56% have faith in GPs' capacity to deal with their children’s minor injuries, according to the University of Melbourne study.

Lead researcher Professor Gary Freed, a paediatrician and director of the university’s health systems and workforce unit, says