Shortage of GPs in the city too

President Dr Liz Marles told the General Practice Registrars Australia’s Future of General Practice Conference in Canberra that although there were more doctors per capita in the cities, the numbers were still too low. She said specialist numbers were growing, while GP numbers had failed to increase at the same rate.

“There are lots of doctors in the cities, but I can tell you they are not GPs. In fact, the number of GPs per [100,000] population in the cities is only 108, which is less than the national average.

“Even more concerning, 41% of them are aged over 55, so even for people in capital cities we are likely to see a big crisis in general practice.”