The Department of Health is moving to a new way of counting general practitioners and calculating their work effort providing primary care services. The new data methods reflect better the size of the general practice workforce and the actual workloads of general practitioners to more effectively address any maldistribution of primary care services.

The new data methods are specific to health workforce planning activities. The methods were developed to provide a unique count of General Practitioners (Number of GPs), workload estimates (GP Full Time Equivalent) and the type and volume of primary care services being provided (Number of Services by GPs). The new methods are different from other methods previously used by the Department and include a broader range of primary care Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items.

Future reporting on the general practice workforce will use the new data methods.

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