Australian GP's Reveal Most Common Issue


Fraser Clarke

Patients in Australia are talking to their GPs about mental health more than any other issue, according to this year’s RACGP Health of the Nation Report.

Published this week, the report showed another small rise in the percentage of patients seeking psychological support from their GP (from 61% to 62%), with respiratory conditions remaining the second biggest area of conversation - despite dropping by 10% over the past year.

Elsewhere a rise was reported in the number of people seeking support for endocrine conditions, whilst the pregnancy rate remains level at 14%.

Some of the most fascinating information related to emerging health issues, where GPs were asked what their biggest health concerns for the future were.

Out of 85 different responses, mental health was the most common, followed by obesity, diabetes, ageing care and drug addiction. 

The report also examined the gender balance, both in terms of the GP sectors makeup, and the different health conditions most frequently brought to professionals of different genders. 

Female GPs - who make up 45% of the system - were far more likely to work with patients who had mental health issues than males, whilst for the third consecutive year the number of GPs trained overseas remained above those trained in Australia and New Zealand.

Across all indicators GPs are largely satisfied with all areas of their employment, with the freedom they are given to choose their own working methods scoring especially highly.

Overall more than 90% of those responding to the report said that they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ in their job.

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