General Practitioner (GP)
General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care. GPs are primary care doctors providing the first point of contact for most people in their communities. GPs help patients by trying to identify problems they may have at an early stage which could be as varied as an infectious disease, cancer or a safeguarding issue. They are the trusted adults to whom patients first turn for advice and support. GPs also try wherever possible to maintain the health of patients through preventive care and health promotion.
It is not unusual for GPs to develop a specialty area of interest.
Your GP should be your first port of call if you have any non-emergency medical problem or question you need answering.
- Related Organisations
- Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)
- Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners