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The outage will commence from 8.00 pm Friday January 19 until approximately 10.00 pm Saturday January 20 (AEDT).

Becoming a GP in Australia

What is a GP?

The general practitioner (GP) plays a central role in the delivery of health care to the Australian community. A career in general practice offers enrichment, reward, financial security, the opportunity for personal and professional development, the opportunity for a diverse experience in practising medicine, and collegiality.

 In Australia, the GP:

  • Is most likely the first point of contact in matters of personal health
  • Coordinates the care of patients and refers patients to other specialists
  • Cares for patients in a whole of person approach and in the context of their work, family and community
  • Cares for patients of all ages, both sexes, children and adults across all disease categories
  • Cares for patients over a period of their lifetime
  • Provides advice and education on health care
  • Performs legal processes such as certification of documents or provision of reports in relation to motor transport or work accidents

General Practice is a medical speciality (in some countries called family medicine). Entry to the speciality may be achieved by the admission to Fellowship of the RACGP.

Fellowship entitles a GP to practice unsupervised anywhere in Australia, and to access a specialist rate of remuneration under Medicare, the Australian health insurance scheme. Most doctors will need to undertake the College assessments to achieve Fellowship.

The RACGP encourages medical graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, whether in Australia or located outside Australia, to consider a career in general practice in Australia.  The College recognises the diversity among doctors who may wish to become GPs and offers a number of training opportunities and pathways to Fellowship.

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