Australian Medicine: more specialists than GPs

20 Feb 2014

Of particular interest to GPs this week, is a report in Australian Medicine that the number of specialists has now outstripped the number of GPs for the first time. This underlines concerns voiced by some that new entrants to the medical profession are increasingly being drawn to the specialties and away from general practice, exacerbating pressures on the nation’s ageing GP workforce, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Other topics of interest include the recent food star fiasco involving Senator Fiona Nash’s senior staffer; the development by Australian researchers of a new, targeted, clot-busting drug; the promise of ‘liquid biopsies’; the Pharmacy Guild’s bid to perform annual health checks; and the appointment of AMA Council of Doctors in Training Chair, Dr James Churchill, to the National Medical Training Advisory Network Executive Committee.