General practice is the first point of contact that a patient has with their healthcare system. In Australia, general practice provides primary care for the vast majority of patients. General practitioners are qualified to provide comprehensive medical care, including diagnosing and treating acute illnesses and chronic conditions.
Working in a healthcare team, they promote, prevent, and initiate treatment for chronic illnesses and keep people as healthy as possible to remain independent. In addition, by caring for our most anxious patients’ physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, GPs reduce the anxiety of our most vulnerable individuals when it comes time to leave home again. They also work closely with family doctors to ensure all of their needs are met.
What your GP can do for you
Your GP can provide the right kind of treatment for you based on your individual circumstances. In their care, they don’t just treat the disease, but the person as well.