Proportion of GPs falling as students seek specialities

The Doctors in Focus report tracked the number of doctors in the system between 1999 and 2009 using data from the AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey, the Medical Training Review Panel, Medicare and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

It found that while the number of Australian primary care doctors grew by 24.7% from 20,616 in 1999 to 25,707 in 2009, GPs fell as a proportion of working doctors from 41% to 35%.

In contrast, the number of specialists grew by 47.6%, hospital non-specialists by 71.8% and specialists