Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Julie Gordon

Email: julie.gordon@sydney.edu.au
BAppSc (HIM) (Hons), PhD, Research Fellow, Family Medicine Research Centre, Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, NSW.

An analysis of general practice encounters by socioeconomic disadvantage

Socioeconomic disadvantage has a known effect on health, with less advantaged Australians self-reporting poorer health than those classified as more advantaged.1 The least advantaged Australians...

Antenatal care in Australian general practice

Pregnancy is commonly managed in general practice.1 In contrast to the UK, Canada and New Zealand, where general practitioner (GP) involvement in pregnancy care has decreased, GPs in Australia...

Assessment and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Australian general practice

Respiratory conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory infections are among the most common problems managed in Australian general practice, at 17.8%...

General practice encounters with patients living in residential aged care facilities

In June 2012, 14% of the Australian population was aged 65 years and over. Population projections indicate this could rise to 22.4% by 2061, and the proportion aged 85 years and over may...

General practitioners and general practice registrars: A comparison of clinical activity

BackgroundIn common with many countries, the training of medical graduates for entry into general practice in Australia uses an apprenticeship model of experiential learning in accredited teaching...

Ordering chest X-rays in Australian general practice

Chest X-rays are the most frequently ordered imaging test in Australian general practice. They accounted for 8.3% of all imaging tests ordered by general practitioners (GPs) in 2013–14 at a rate of...

Technology in practice – GP computer use by age

Of 1937 BEACH GP participants for whom age was known, 62% were aged 50 years or more. This reflects the distribution of GPs in that age group in the Australian sample frame.2 Although computer use...

The changing face of Australian general practice across the decades

General practice has always been the cornerstone of Australia’s healthcare system. Almost all Australians (85%) visit a general practitioner (GP) at least once in any given year,1 and GPs act as...

The management of unresolved gastrointestinal symptoms in Australian general practice

BEACH data collected in 2012–14 were used to investigate the management of unresolved gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in Australian general practice. This included the characteristics of patients...


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