Primary care in numbers

through a reduction in modifiable risk factors such as overweight and obesity, and insufficient physical activity – risk factors that are often monitored by GPs.

almost

half

of the australian population

will experience a

mental disorder

in their lifetime.

General practitioners are often the first port of call for people with a mental illness.

In 2018-19,

there were 158 million GP attendances, or 6.3 per person

In 2018-19,

83% of Australians aged 15 and over

reported seeing a GP in the previous 12 months.

We are training doctors at one of the highest rates in the world, yet the Australian General Practice Training Program has fallen short of its recruitment targets every year since 2017.

In 2017-18, 7% of all hospitalisations were due to 22 preventable conditions that could be managed by General Practice. This accounted for almost 3 million bed days.

The Modernise Medicare campaign is run by the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

The AMA is the peak professional body for doctors in Australia, promoting and protecting the professional interests of doctors and the healthcare needs of patients and communities.

Learn more about the AMA.

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