Australian and overseas models of general practice training

Med J Aust. 2011 Jun 6;194(11):S63-4. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03130.x.


General practice training in Australia continues to evolve. It is now the responsibility of an independent organisation, is delivered by regional training providers, and comprises a structured training program. Overseas, general practice varies in its importance to health care systems, and training models differ considerably. In some cases training is mandatory, in others voluntary, but the aim is always similar--to improve the quality of care delivered to the large majority of populations that access health care through primary care. We review the current status of vocational general practice training in Australia, compare it with selected training programs in international contexts, and describe how the local model is well placed to address future challenges. Challenges include changes in population demographics, increasing comorbidity, increasing costs of technology-based health care, increasing globalisation of health, and workforce shortages. Although general practice training in Australia is strong, it can improve further by learning from other training programs to meet these challengers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Europe
  • General Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational*
  • North America