General practice slowest-growing medical profession

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report, Medical Workforce 2011, said that while overall medical practitioner numbers increased by 17.3% from 2007 to 2011, GP numbers grew by only 3.9% over that time – or less than 1% per year.

The number of clinicians grew 18.1%, including a 29.2% rise in hospital non-specialists, a 12.8% increase in specialists and a 41.1% upswing in specialists in training.

The report also confirmed that GPs were older on average than the overall medical profession, with 36.6% of GPs aged over 55 compared to 24.6% for the rest of the profession.

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