Female GPs earn half as much as men

A new working paper, released this week by the University of Melbourne and based on data from the national longitudinal Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) study, has revealed that female GPs earn an average of $83,000 annually, which researchers wrote was 54% less than the male GP average.

The MABEL study is being carried out by a consortium of researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Melbourne Institute.

The most pronounced difference in earnings was among GPs who had children. The report found that while female GPs with children experienced “an earnings penalty” of $15,000–$25,000 compared to those without children, male GPs with children to support experienced a salary premium of $35,000 compared to their childless male colleagues.

The report’s authors determined that “female GPs without children tend to interrupt their careers and work fewer hours equally as