Detailed picture of GP workforce to be unveiled

HWA CEO Mark Cormack said the Health Workforce 2025 – Doctors, Nurses and Midwives report was completed in December last year but next month’s Standing Council on Health meeting would be the first opportunity to present it to the ministers.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the report would probably provide the “best information we’re ever going to get” on the number of GPs needed in Australia.

“There’s so much pent-up expectation around this report that I would expect there will be a lot of pressure to get it out to the public as soon as possible,” he said.

GPRA CEO Amit Vohra said the report’s assessment of training places would be crucial in succession planning for the “30–40% of the current workforce that will be ready for retirement in the next 15 years”.

“All these placements need to occur in private general practice and that will place a huge