8 ways Australia's GP workforce has changed in a decade

The GP workforce has changed profoundly in numbers and make-up in the past decade, Department of Health figures reveal.

  1. There are now 57% more GPs than there were a decade ago (The number of full service equivalent* GPs increased from 14,573 in 2004/05 to 22,005 in 2014/15.).
  2. Ratio of GPs to patients has also increased (The number of GPs per 100,000 population increased from 72.2 to 91.9).
  3. Individual GPs are seeing fewer patients (The number of non-referred attendances per GP decreased from 6513 to 6186).
  4. GPs' Medicare claims have increased (The non-referred