Family festivities are just what the doctor ordered

The survey, carried out by Cegedim on behalf of MO, polled 151 GPs on the big festive season questions and showed GPs are as diverse in their holiday habits as their practices.

What we can tell you is that Australian GPs are more likely to pick a plastic tree (71%) rather than bother finding a fir or pine (15%), opt for the traditional European-style hot lunch (56%) over a barbecue or seafood (35%), and choose an afternoon siesta (29%) over a game of backyard cricket (16%).

Road trips will also be common for many, including Dr Garyck Joseph who will close his surgery in Sydney’s Manly Vale for four days from Christmas Eve and head south on an 11-hour drive with his 95-year-old father.

“It’s a long drive, but we’ll be able to relax over lunch on Christmas day,” Dr Joseph said. 

“Dad wants to visit friends in Melbourne and I like to spend Christmas with him, so we’ll head to Melbourne on