Health Service Categories and Careers


General Practice seeks to provide accessible, comprehensive, and ongoing primary health care to people of all ages and stages in life. General Practices, or GP clinics, are usually the first point of contact for people seeking medical help and guidance, offering 10–15-minute consultations and a range of general and family medical services. They coordinate care and referrals with other providers, and build strong, often long-term, relationships with their patients. General Practice plays an important role in preventative health care and health education and provides 'patient-focused' care which helps to reduce the overall need for hospital care and resources.

General Practice Jobs

General Practitioners provide general and family medical services and health care to people of all ages. They have broad medical knowledge and can consult with patients about acute and chronic health conditions. They prescribe medications, create individual management and treatment plans, provide sexual health and other health checks, discuss concerns, give advice, refer patients to specialists, order diagnostic tests, and help their patients navigate the health care system. They receive and keep records of test results and specialist reports to coordinate future and ongoing care. They usually work in community General Practices. To become a GP, qualified doctors can undertake Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) and attain Specialist Registration with the Medical Board (AHPRA) as General Practitioners. This is a 3-year program, with an optional 4th year for rural and remote medicine. GPs work autonomously and are often responsible for training junior staff and registrars, leading multidisciplinary teams, and running a GP business.

Nurses (Primary Healthcare) work in General Practices, community clinics, hospitals and other primary care settings. They work with people of all ages providing integrated nursing care across a range of primary healthcare needs. They provide education and counselling, immunisations, wound care, sexual health consults, cervical cancer screenings, blood and urine testing, assistance with long term management of chronic illness, acute and emergency care, and infection control, among other nursing services. They work in multi-disciplinary teams with GPs and other medical and allied health practitioners in providing primary health care services to the community, which may also involve outreach and home-visiting services. To pursue a career in primary health, nurses need to have broad clinical experience and be registered with AHPRA.