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List of figures

Figure 1. Mental health is the most commonly reported reason for patient presentations in general practice
Figure 2. Commonly managed health issues vary according to a practitioner’s personal characteristics
Figure 3. GPs provide the majority of MBS-subsidised mental health services, and attendances are rapidly increasing
Figure 4. One in two GPs reported the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on their wellbeing
Figure 5. GPs want the government to prioritise Medicare rebates, mental health and creating new funding models for primary care
Figure 6. Two-thirds of GPs indicate better MBS rebates in aged care are needed
Figure 7. The most commonly reported challenge arising from COVID-19 is managing patient expectations about vaccinations
Figure 8. The majority of general practices are providing COVID-19 vaccinations
Figure 9. General practices are leading the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Figure 10. MBS item statistics show increased use of longer and more complex item numbers
Figure 11. Most GPs reported that more than half of their patients have more than one chronic condition
Figure 12. The majority of patients have physical and mental health conditions that are treated concurrently
Figure 13. Patients reported they see their GP more than any other health professional
Figure 14. Age and gender have an effect on how often patients visit their GP
Figure 15. Patients reported positive experiences with their GP
Figure 16. Older patients and female patients are more likely to have a preferred GP
Figure 17. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a regular GP or AMS reported greater satisfaction levels
Figure 18. GPs work in a variety of settings
Figure 19. The number of GPs at each practice varies
Figure 20. Distribution of the GP workforce by age
Figure 21. Almost one in five GPs intends to retire within the next five years
Figure 22. A higher proportion of GPs attained their basic qualification overseas than in Australia or New Zealand
Figure 23. Practice ownerships varies according to rurality, gender and location
Figure 24. GPs are an important part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health services
Figure 25. General practice is the most common career for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical graduates
Figure 26. The first 15 months of MBS-supported telehealth via phone in general practice
Figure 27. One in four GPs reported they do not have the technical capability to provide video consultations
Figure 28. Adults aged 25–44 are the most likely to use video consultations
Figure 29. Government expenditure on general practice compared to spending on other areas of the health system
Figure 30. Total government expenditure on primary care is declining
Figure 31. Bulk-billing rates vary across Australia
Figure 32. Growth in bulk billing of general practice services has been affected by the pandemic
Figure 33. The value of MBS patient rebates falls further each year
Figure 34. Growth in patient out-of-pocket costs is out-pacing the patient rebate
Figure 35. Average patient out-of-pocket costs have increased by 50% over the past decade
Figure 36. GPs are most satisfied with the variety in their work
Figure 37. Three out of five GPs would recommend general practice as a career
Figure 38. GPs spend most of their work day in direct patient care
Figure 39. Female GPs are more likely to work part time
Figure 40. The majority of GPs can maintain a good work–life balance
Figure 41. The challenges reported by GPs vary over the course of their career
Figure 42. Challenges reported by GPs vary according to practice rurality
Figure 43. Practice owners are more satisfied with their career than non-owners
Figure 44. The number of medical graduates applying to the AGPT Program has rebounded
Figure 45. GPs in training are very satisfied with elements of their training and workplace
Figure 46. Average hours worked per week, as reported by training cohort
Figure 47. GPs in training reported mixed effects of COVID-19 on their training
Figure 48. The average age of GPs in training varies by training program
Figure 49. GPs in training are located in all states and territories
Figure 50. The majority of GPs in training plan to work in a group practice after attaining Fellowship
Figure 51. The total number of AGPT Program participants is declining
Figure 52. More New Fellows are female than male