A general practitioner plays a central role in the delivery of health care. GPs are doctors who have completed general practice training and are skilled in providing a wide range of medical services. The scope of clinical practice can be challenging and rewarding, spanning prevention, health promotion, early intervention for those at risk, and the management of acute, chronic and complex conditions.

Essentially a general practitioner functions as a physician, counsellor, advocate and agent of change for individuals, families and their communities. Some general practitioners coordinate healthcare and look after patients throughout their entire life. The duties and responsibilities of a GP in Australia can include:

  • diagnosing and treating medical conditions
  • conducting health check ups
  • chronic disease management
  • wound and after surgery care
  • pain and injury management
  • nutrition and health advice