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GP numbers in Australia, 1999-2000 to 2010-11

Each year, Divisions estimate the number of GPs practising in their catchments. These data allow monitoring of national trends in the GP workforce.

At 30 June 2011, Divisions estimated 24 720 GPs were working in their catchments. This represents a 2% rise of 509 GPs in the last 12 months and continues the increasing trend illustrated by the graph below.

 In 2010-11, approximately:

  • 39% of GPs were female*
  • Most GPs (79%) worked in Metropolitan or Metropolitan-Rural areas **
  • The estimated number of GPs aged over 55 years was 25%.***
  • The smallest number of GPs practising in a Division was 17 (NSW)
  • The largest number of GPs practising in a Division was 853 (QLD)
  • The median number of GPs practising in a Division was 186



1 In 2002-03, South Eastern Sydney Division of General Practice was unable to report the number of GPs practising in their catchment. In order to present National figures for 2002-03, the figures presented are estimates based on the inclusion of South Eastern Sydney responses for 2003-04 (390 practising GPs).
2 In 2004-05, Western Sydney Division of General Practice did not report. In order to present National figures for 2004-05, the figures presented are estimates based on the inclusion of Western Sydney responses for 2003-04 (696 practising GPs).

3 The total number of GPs includes figures from Liverpool Division (210) and Sydney South-West GP Network (211) which dissolved at the end of the 2007-08 financial year. The Fairfield Liverpool Interim General Practice Support (210) was able to provide some data on selected questions in the 2007-08 ASD.

 * Calculated when the number of female GPs in catchment was reported (n=110 Divisions) as one NSW Division was unable to report. 
 ** For explanation of categories see Rural Remote Metropolitan Area (RRMA).

 *** Calculated when the number of GPs over 55 in catchment was reported (n=93 Divisions) as 18 Divisions was unable to report this.

Information presented in this Fast Fact page is sourced from the Annual Survey of Divisions (ASD) Report series.

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