'Six-minute medicine' exposed as a myth

“SIX-minute medicine” is all but a myth in Australia, according to an analysis of Bettering the Evaluation of Care and Health (BEACH) data by the University of Sydney’s Family Medicine Research Centre to be presented at the GP15 conference. 

The analysis, which sets out to examine how many GPs perform most of their consultations in less than 10 minutes, finds a quarter of consultations in 2014-15 were less than 10 minutes and about one in 10 lasted six minutes or less.

About 40% of GPs perform a quarter or more of their consultations in