GPs are able to test, diagnose and treat many conditions or they can refer you to a specialist. It is important to consult with your GP doctor to determine what services you need so they can determine the best course of action for your specific health requirements. GPs are well placed to holistically and objectively consider patient needs and circumstances, and recommend the most appropriate services. General practitioners aim not only to improve health and wellbeing, but to prevent serious medical conditions by facilitating access to high-quality, evidence-based and necessary care.

While they don’t do “everything” general practitioners play a unique and central role in our health system as clinicians and provide a wide range of health services such as:

  • health advice and education
  • prescriptions for medicines
  • health screening for men and women
  • vaccinations and immunisations
  • care for acute and chronic illnesses
  • preventative health care
  • pain management
  • injury rehabilitation