Highest supply of GPs found in remotest areas

The report, Medical Workforce 2012, showed that the medical workforce is continuing to grow across all regions of Australia, with the number of employed medical practitioners rising by just over 16% from 68,455 to 79,653 between 2008 and 2012. 

Although the growth in GP numbers from 24,015 to 25,958 was only 8.1% (compared to an increase in the Australian population of 6.9%), changes to the sampling methods from previous reports could have affected these figures.

However, the supply of GPs was found to be highest in remote and very remote areas, at 134 full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs per 100,000 people, compared to the overall rate of 111.8 per 100,000 population.

About two-thirds of medical practitioners gained their initial medical qualification in Australia and a third of all clinicians were GPs.

"Women are increasingly represented in the medical practitioner workforce, with the proportion of female medical practitioners up from 35%