What is General Practice?

What is GP


General Practice is one of the most diverse and flexible careers you can have in medicine, where no two days are the same. 

But isn’t General Practice just scripts, referrals, coughs and colds? Far from it! 


On any given day, you could be seeing a mixture of mental health, skin, eye, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, women’s health and men’s health conditions – and more!  

You’ll be managing acute, complex and chronic conditions, interacting with generations of families, and playing a crucial leadership role in the health and wellbeing of your community.

As a GP, your career is whatever you make it – the opportunities are endless!


You could be a generalist or proceduralist, work full-time or part-time, enjoy city or country life, or own or be a partner in a practice.  

You can work anywhere in Australia, do after-hours or locum work, FIFO work, or non-clinical work (such as research and education).  

You also have the opportunity to sub-specialise in procedural or non-procedural disciplines, including Aboriginal Health, Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, Obstetrics and Anaesthetics. 

Want to assist with aeromedical retrievals, administer anaesthetics for elective or non-elective surgery or deliver babies in regional areas?

You can do all that as a GP too!

The best part is that General Practice offers a better work-life balance than many other specialities. As a GP, you have greater control over your working hours and have more flexible working arrangements. With a range of generous financial incentives and support, this makes a career in GP incredibly rewarding – both financially and non-financially.

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