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Chapter 1: Current and emerging issues

As the most regularly accessed health professionals in Australia, GPs are in an unparalleled position to provide insight into emerging health conditions, and to highlight issues that require an urgent response from government.

During 2020, GPs are the frontline in the battle against COVID-19, and have taken on significant responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Australians.

GPs were also there to support communities affected by the 2019–20 summer bushfires, and will continue to provide this support as the effects are felt over the coming months and years.

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