General Practitioners diagnose, treat and prevent human physical and mental disorders and injuries.

Also known as: General Medical Practitioner.

Specialisations: Medical Officer (Navy).

A bachelor degree in medicine is needed to work as a General Practitioner. Graduates must also complete a one year internship and at least one more year employed as a resident before they can apply for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural Remote Medicine. A fellowship is required to become a General Practitioner

Tasks

  • Conducts examinations and questions patients to determine the nature of disorders and illnesses, and records patients' medical information.
  • Orders laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic procedures, and interprets findings to assist in diagnosis.
  • Provides overall care for patients, and prescribes and administers treatments, medications and other remedial measures.
  • Monitors patients' progress and response to treatment.
  • Advises on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention and treatment of disease and disorders.
  • Refers patients to, and exchanges medical information with, specialist medical practitioners.
  • Reports births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities.
  • Arranges the admission of patients to hospitals.

More about General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

All General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

  • $2,459 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

General Practitioners

  • 42,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 45% female Gender Share

The number of people working as General Practitioners (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 33,700 in 2011 to 42,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: General Practitioners work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 45% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance96.4
Public Administration and Safety1.8
Education and Training0.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
Other Industries0.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGeneral PractitionersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.031.6
VIC25.325.6
QLD21.520.0
SA7.67.0
WA9.610.8
TAS2.12.0
NT1.01.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGeneral PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.3-9.39.3
25-3421.4-22.922.9
35-4425.1-22.022.0
45-5422.7-21.621.6
55-5910.5-9.09.0
60-648.5-6.06.0
65 and Over10.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGeneral PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate30.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree66.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.3-21.121.1
Year 121.0-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in medicine is needed to work as a General Practitioner. Graduates must also complete a one year internship and at least one more year employed as a resident before they can apply for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural Remote Medicine. A fellowship is required to become a General Practitioner

You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • be up to date with immunisations

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Employers look for General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and who are flexible and adaptable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    90% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Psychology

    88% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    86% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Therapy and counselling

    80% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  5. Biology

    69% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Disease or infection

    100% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    99% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Impact of decisions

    96% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1062.00 - Family and General Practitioners.

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