Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Neil A Spike

Email: neil.spike@vma.com.au
MBBS, FRACGP, is Director of Medical Education and Training, Victorian Metropolitan Alliance, Melbourne and Clinical Professor, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Victoria

Changes in the demography of Australia and therefore general practice patient populations

Although the older adult population has been a national focus, there are also demographic changes among the paediatric age group.1 These changes may also affect current and future aspects of the...

General practitioner perspectives on referrals to paediatric public specialty clinics

Over the past decade, there have been reports of changing patterns of primary care delivery in Australia. Specifically, children are making up a smaller proportion of overall general practice...

Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status by general practice registrars: Confidence and associations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have significantly worse health outcomes when compared with non-Indigenous Australians.1 This includes higher rates of chronic and...

Procedural skills of Australian general practice registrars: A cross-sectional analysis

The provision of clinical procedural services has been, and remains, an integral part of general practice. In Australia, as in many other countries, general practitioners’ (GPs’) provision of...

Referral rates of general practice registrars for behavioural or mental health conditions in children

General practitioners (GPs) are responsible for the primary care of Australians of all ages. As healthcare becomes more complex, and new discoveries and therapies continue to emerge, the knowledge...

Responding to registrars’ in-consultation calls for assistance: Practical implications from the ReCeNT project

General practice supervisors oversee general practice registrars1 as they work and learn in practice.2 During consultations, registrars are expected to identify and address gaps in their knowledge...

The paediatric clinical experiences of general practice registrars

Commensurate with the demographic changes in the overall population, recent studies have demonstrated changes in the demography of patients who visit general practice.3 Over the past 16 years, a...

The Registrars’ Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project: educational and research aspects of documenting general practice trainees’ clinical experience

General practice vocational training in many countries, including Australia, operates in an apprenticeship-based model. Most of the teaching and learning occurs in the practice environment with the...


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