These 8 graphs show how general practice is changing

MORE problems, more referrals, longer consults and larger practices.

These are just some of the key ways Australian general practice has changed over the past 10 years, according to the last ever report from the long-running BEACH program.

Every year since 1998, the researchers from the University of Sydney's Family Medicine Research Centre have randomly selected some 1000 GPs and asked them to record details of 100 consecutive encounters with consenting patients. It has provided a rich trove of information on changes in GP and practice characteristics, patients, problems