More GPs, yet ratio to population still dropping

The Medical Workforce 2010 report, released today, showed the average age of GPs increased slightly from 49.9 years to 50.6 years, making general practice the clinician subfield with the oldest average age in both 2006 and 2010, and the subfield with the highest proportion aged 55 and over (36.7%).

The proportion of general practitioners who were female also increased over the five-year period, from 37.2% to 40.2% in 2010.

Meanwhile, the number of medical practitioners in Australia increased by 13%, the supply of doctors in outer