General practice is about the medical care that is provided by general practitioners (GPs) who are specialist family doctors. They have broad knowledge and the skills to treat all the health issues you might have through your life. Because your GP gets to know you, your family and your community, they can provide care that is suitable just for you.
They provide care for people of all ages and walks of life. They treat the whole person and manage all types of medical issues and concerns.
Preventive health is also managed under general practice. If you need advice on how to stay healthy, you should see a GP.
They also assist you with care plans or management plans so you can access allied health services such as physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, counselling, as well as referral to other specialists when required.
Other things you can see a GP about include:
- minor injuries and illnesses (if you have a serious injury or illness, call an ambulance on triple zero (000) or go to your nearest hospital emergency department)
- health advice
- prescriptions for medicines
- ongoing care if you have a chronic condition
- procedures such as iron infusions, wound/injury suturing, cast removal, ingrown toe-nail resection, ear syringing, ECG, Spirometry etc
- health screening, such as cervical screening, or blood pressure checks
- care during pregnancy
- care for children
- care if you’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed
- a medical certificate, certified document or report about an injury