Medindia
Advertisement

Report Highlights Importance of GPs

by VR Sreeraman on July 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM

 Report Highlights Importance of GPs
A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare/University of Sydney report on General Practice highlights the critical role GPs play in keeping the Australian community healthy, AMA Federal President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today.

The AIHW and University of Sydney today released General practice in Australia, health priorities and policies 1998 to 2008, which isbased on data from the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) program.
Advertisement

Dr Pesce said the report showed that GPs were spending an increasing proportion of their time with older patients and managing chronic medical conditions.

"GPs are spending more time checking for - and managing - diabetes, blood pressure, high-cholesterol and depression. They are also taking a lead role in tackling type 2 diabetes, cancer and other serious medical conditions," Dr Pesce said.
Advertisement

"Governments must ensure GPs have the support and resources they need to care for an ageing population with increasing rates of chronic disease.

"We need more GP training places, extra support for practice nurses who work in GP-led teams and investment in medical equipment and information technology for medical practices."

The report showed an increasing number of patients were overweight or obese and more people were requesting check-ups.

"GPs already undertake a lot of preventative activity despite a lack of support for this in the Medicare Benefits Schedule. The Government needs to recognise this work and provide more support for longer patient consultations," Dr Pesce said.

The report was released as the AMA was gearing up to mark GP Week from 19 - 25 July.

Source: AMA
LIN
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Lower Respiratory Tract Infections Linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children
Type 2 Diabetes can be Controlled by Unripen Green Jackfruit Flour
Covid Pandemic: How Parents can Help Kids Deal with Back-to-School Anxiety
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
AMA Calls on Government to Implement GP MRI Policy
The AMA has written to Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, urging her to implement the previous ......
AMA Urges Government to Develop Health Policy for Men
Australian Medical Association President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, today called on the Government to ....
Report Confirms Key Role of GPs in Primary Health Care
GP activity from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) confirms without doubt that ....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use