Even though there are more female GPs than male GPs for the first time in Australian history*, there is still a shortage of GPs.
The facts of the GP workforce situation remain the same:
While we love the fact that there are more female GPs in the industry, our GP workforce on a whole is becoming increasingly part time. This means that the gap left by the over 55’s will not be so easy to fill. The statistics on the GP workforce may look good, but they will continue to worsen creating more of a shortage of GPs than we have in the present climate.
More needs to be done to address the reality of the GP workforce in the years to come. At Alecto Australia, we constantly consider workforce predictions and advocate for the truth against stories of a GP oversupply. We will continue to advocate the need for specialist overseas trained GPs, particularly those from the UK, who are needed to keep up with the demands on the Australia healthcare system.
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