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GP Shortage in Australia

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GP Shortage in outer metropolitan Australia

GP Shortage in Australia

Have you ever experienced excessive wait times or been frustrated that you were unable to see a GP when you needed to? The Australian Government needs to increase funding to General Practice to ensure that we can all access a GP when we need to. We believe that everyone should be able to see a GP in their local area, for no out-of-pocket cost, and at the time that they need to.  

One of the reasons that you may have experienced long wait-times to see a GP is that we are currently experiencing a shortage of GPs in areas of high population growth in Australia. 

This will only worsen if the government does not increase funding for general practice. 

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Projected GP shortage sparks calls for urgent reform

The Deloitte Access Economics ‘General Practitioner Workforce Report 2019’, commissioned by Cornerstone Health, found that under the policy settings at that time, there was projected to be a shortfall of 9,298 full-time GPs (24.7% of the GP workforce) by 2030. The deficiency of GPs will be most extreme in urban areas with a shortfall of 7,535 full-time GPs (31.7%) by 2030.

There needs to be the right policy settings and incentives in place to encourage doctors to practice in areas of unmet need, including outer metropolitan areas, where Australia's highest population growth is occurring. 

Download General Practitioner Workforce Report 2019

 

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