General Practitioners (GPs) play a vital role in our community with well over 80% of Australians consulting a GP each year. They diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, provide ongoing care for chronic disease, and provide a range of preventive services. They are usually the first point of call regarding non-emergency illness or injury, and may refer patients on to other specialists once they have made their diagnosis. General Practice is a recognised medical specialty and a doctor must undertake vocational training, upon completion of an undergraduate Medicine degree, to become a qualified specialist general practitioner in Australia. An essential role of general practitioners is the continual development of their professional skills through lifelong learning.
The Discipline of General Practice is active in both teaching and on-going research across the university and health services and is highly regarded for its work in regional and rural health care. The Discipline conducts regular training workshops for GP tutors, and is heavily involved in the training program for medical graduates to become GPs.
Within the Joint Medical Program, the Discipline of General Practice teaches and trains medical students in the speciality of initiating and coordinated comprehensive medical care for individuals, families and communities.
Approximately half of the JMP graduates will become general practitioners. All of the JMP graduates in other specialties will be acquainted with primary health and community practice.