AMA gets GP membership boost but still lacks female doctors

Only 37% of the association's members are female

The COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with a jump in the number of GPs joining the AMA.

The AMA says it hit 6022 GP members in December 2020, compared with 5731 at the same point in 2019.

However, its president Dr Omar Khorshid acknowledges membership remains skewed towards men, saying it must do more to encourage female doctors to join.

Only 37% of its 29,100 members in 2020 were women, including just three of its 11 board members.

By comparison, AHPRA registration figures show 44% of doctors in Australia are female.

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