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General Practitioner

Consult with patients to manage their health and address their health concerns.

What's it like to be a General Practitioner?

As a GP you will have broad medical knowledge and the skills to examine patients. A GP is usually the first port of call when a person has a health issue. You may treat common illnesses and minor injuries and refer more serious cases to other specialists. A GP is qualified to give general health advice and prescribe medications. You will often act as the central point of contact for patients and coordinate their holistic health needs.

General Practitioner

Tasks and duties

  • Provide competent, patient-centered care that addresses the patients' health needs and promotes wellness
  • Administrating basic medical treatments, such as injections, immunization's, skin cancer removals, wound dressing, stitches and minor surgical procedures
  • Keeping detailed, up-to-date records of all patient treatments and interactions for their own medical practice and Medicare
  • Keeping up to date with the latest medical treatments and medications relevant to general practice/primary healthcare
  • Advising patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, health care plans/ additional assessments, travel plans and other lifestyle habits to prevent or recover from illness
  • Arranging admission of patients to hospital where necessary

What can I earn as a General Practitioner?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a General Practitioner is between $200k and $210k

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How to become a General Practitioner


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To become a GP in Australia you have to complete medical studies at university.

  1. Complete medical studies at university (4-7 years). You can complete an undergraduate medical degree, straight after finishing secondary school. Entry into these courses is highly competitive and is based on a combination of academic achievement, performance on the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and a structured interview.
  2. Alternatively, you can become a GP by completing a relevant bachelor degree such as the 3-year Bachelor of Biomedical Science, or a 3-year Bachelor of Health Sciences, followed by a postgraduate qualification, such as the 4-year Doctor of Medicine masters-level program. Entry into these programs is based on prior completion of a bachelor degree, performance in the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and a score resulting from a semi-structured interview.
  3. Complete an internship at a recognised hospital (1 year).
  4. Apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.
  5. Obtain GP fellowship. There are two medical colleges in Australia through which you can obtain GP fellowship. The colleges in Australia are: the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), resulting in Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), resulting in Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM). To become a fellow of the FRACGP, you must complete an additional 3 years of general practice training following the intern year and pass an exam. Rural practice incorporates a further year of special rural skills training (3-4 years).

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How do General Practitioners rate their role?

Latest reviews from 4 General Practitioners surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
4.3
Job security
4.8
Pay / Salary
4.3
Variety of work
4.3

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Nov 2018
Medical Profession is challenging but if you are career focused and passionate, its really rewarding 👍
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
GENERAL PRACTICE
The good things
Being a medical professional was my dream, as you are helping the humanity as well as earning money from same profession. If a General Practitioner is kind hearted passionate and career focused every ...
The challenges
Work life Balance was bit challenging in start but being well Organised and passionate about the career I overcomed it.
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Aug 2019
Being a doctor helps not only the people but also me to have a healthy life
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medicine
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Medicine
The good things
I can help people, do what I love to do for work and enjoy day by day
The challenges
The principal thing it’s to help people having a healthy life
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What are the job opportunities for General Practitioners?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
10.8%
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Source: LMIP. General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

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