Skip to main content
Health of the nation Backup

List of Figures

Figure 1. COVID-19 changed the patient presentations seen in general practice
Figure 2. Commonly managed health issues vary according to a practitioner’s personal characteristics
Figure 3. The proportion of young Australians experiencing poor mental health has increased
Figure 4. Impact of COVID-19 on GPs’ wellbeing
Figure 5. GPs want the Australian Government to prioritise primary care funding, mental health and telehealth
Figure 6. GPs view the federal government’s COVID-19 response favourably for ensuring the safety of general practice teams 
Figure 7. GPs want the governments’ help to source  personal protective equipment during the pandemic
Figure 8. An inability to provide usual care, and access  to personal protective equipment, are the top challenges for GPs during COVID-19
Figure 9. MBS data shows the impact of the pandemic on GPs’ ability to provide usual care
Figure 10. Patients see their GP more than any other health professional
Figure 11. Cost is rarely a reason patients delay seeing their GP
Figure 12. Most patients visit their GP multiple times during the year
Figure 13. Older patients visit their GP more frequently than younger patients
Figure 14. Patients have positive experiences when they see their GP
Figure 15. Older people and females are more likely to have a preferred GP
Figure 16. The GP-to-patient ratio is lowest in the ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia
Figure 17. There are fewer GPs in remote locations than in major cities of Australia
Figure 18. Patients in outer-regional, remote and very  remote areas report longer waits to see a GP
Figure 19. GPs work predominantly in group practices
Figure 20. There are more male GPs than female GPs in the workforce
Figure 21. Female GPs are more likely to work part time
Figure 22. GPs are distributed across age groups
Figure 23. A higher proportion of GPs attained their basic qualification overseas than in Australia or New Zealand
Figure 24. The number of GPs at each practice varies
Figure 25. Patients can access a range of other services when they visit their GP
Figure 26. GPs are an important part of Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander primary health services
Figure 27. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  medical graduates choose general practice than other specialties 
Figure 28. Use of telehealth has increased significantly since the start of the pandemic
Figure 29. Two-thirds of GP consultations between April and June 2020 were face to face
Figure 30. Most GPs feel more positive about using  telehealth than they did before the pandemic
Figure 31. MBS support to provide telehealth is the main contributing factor to GPs’ positive attitude toward telehealth 
Figure 32. Most GPs think up to 25% of their patient consultations can be via telehealth post-pandemic 
Figure 33. Government expenditure on general practice services is overshadowed by spending on all other areas of the health system 
Figure 34. The proportion of government health  expenditure directed to primary care is declining
Figure 35. Bulk billing is not as common as Medicare statistics indicate
Figure 36. Growth in national bulk-billing rates continues to slow
Figure 37. GPs were bulk billing more patients as a result of the pandemic
Figure 38. Growth in patient out-of-pocket costs are out-pacing the patient rebate
Figure 39. Increases in patient out-of-pocket costs since 2013 are triple general inflation rates
Figure 40. GPs are satisfied with their work overall
Figure 41. GPs are very satisfied with the autonomy of their work
Figure 42. GPs are very satisfied with the opportunities to use their abilities in their work
Figure 43. GPs are satisfied with the variety in their work
Figure 44. GPs spend most of their time on direct patient care activities
Figure 45. GPs report that the time spent in care coordination activities has increased over the past 10 years 
Figure 46. Practice owners and GPs working in solo  practices are the most likely to work ≥40 hours per week 
Figure 47. Male GPs and GPs located in regional and  rural areas are the most likely to report working ≥40 hours per week 
Figure 48. The majority of GPs can provide high-quality care regardless of their workload
Figure 49. GPs are able to maintain a good work–life balance
Figure 50. GPs are less satisfied with their remuneration  than other medical professionals
Figure 51. The patient rebate per minute is far lower for longer consultations
Figure 52. The majority of GPs are remunerated by proportion of their billings
Figure 53. Practice owners report different challenges to non-practice owner GPs
Figure 54. GPs in rural areas report different challenges to GPs in metropolitan areas
Figure 55. GP income has been negatively affected by the pandemic
Figure 56. The most commonly cited reason for reduced income was fewer patients presenting for usual care
Figure 57. GP owners are concerned about the viability of their practices
Figure 58. Many general practices are owned by GPs
Figure 59. Interest in practice ownership varies between age and gender divides
Figure 60. The number of medical graduates interested in the AGPT Program is in decline
Figure 61. Top reasons AGPT registrars chose GP training
Figure 62. Most GPs in training are confident they will find employment on completion of training
Figure 63. GPs in training report limited adverse effects  from commonly raised training concerns
Figure 64. Three in four GPs in training reported a reduced patient load since the start of the pandemic
Figure 65. The majority of PEP participants are located in regional and rural areas
Figure 66. Distribution of AGPT and PEP trainees
Figure 67. Number of pre-Fellowship trainees
Figure 68. AGPT Program trainees gaining Fellowship are more frequently female