Doctors top list of most trusted Australians

Paramedics were named Australia’s most trusted professionals for the 10th year in a row in the Reader’s Digest annual trust index, published this week.

Coming in at number six in 2013, this year doctors overtook pilots in the trustworthiness stakes, replacing them in fifth position on the list. Doctors were also ahead of pharmacists (7), vets (8), alternative health professionals (33) and clergy (36).

Politicians, journalists and real estate agents were ranked among the most untrustworthy professions. However, several high profile journalists such as Channel Nine commentator Laurie Oaks (17) and the ABC's Kerry O'Brien (26) were closer to the top of the most trusted individuals list. Prime Minister Tony Abbott came in at 79, ahead of Opposition leader Bill Shorten (81), but behind Kevin Rudd (76) and Malcolm Turnbull (69).

Five of the top 10 most trusted individuals were doctors, with neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo retaining his spot as