Starting a medical practice


Setting up a new medical practice is not an easy task

Starting a medical practice module 4


Setting up a new medical practice is not an easy task. Business development and management is not taught at medical school, therefore GPs need a reliable source of information to refer to when embarking on such a venture.

It is for this reason that the RACGP has worked with general practice owners/builders to develop this workbook – Starting a medical practice, which forms part of the General practice management toolkit.

A characteristic of general practice is that it is based on one-to-one relationships. GPs can work in a range of capacities – employee, associate, partner, independent contractor, company shareholder or director. In each capacity, you are in a position to develop a unique personal practice style.

In starting a medical practice there are many issues that need to be considered. For example, you need to have a clear view of what you want to achieve personally, your capabilities and resources, the services you want to offer and other business factors that contribute to a sound decision.

This workbook has been developed to help you understand and work through the various stages of starting a medical practice, and provides a guide to the issues you will need to consider.

Provided under licence

This resource is provided under licence by the RACGP. Full terms are available on the licence terms page.
In summary, you must not edit or adapt it or use it for any   commercial purposes.
You must also acknowledge the RACGP as the owner.


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