PHCRIS Fast Fact
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
2 In 2004-05,
3 The total number of GPs includes figures from
* 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.