2016 Workforce Survey results 

College news
6 December 2017

At its GP - Heart of the community campaign launch event on 30 November, the College released its 2016 Workforce Survey’s Work and Wellbeing report.  
Key findings from this research:

  • Only 36 percent of GPs felt they had enough time to complete all their daily tasks.
  • Overall 22 percent of survey respondents self-reported being ‘burnt-out’.
  • GPs who report being ‘burnt-out’ are more likely to be working fulltime, aged between 40 – 64 years, a practice owner or partner, work in a practice that has an unfilled GP vacancy.
  • Half of all GPs work part-time (less than 36 hours per week) in general practice.
  • Many GPs (42 percent) have other work commitments outside of their general practice.  For example, voluntary work in a health capacity, working in an advisory/assessor role or teaching the next generation of GPs.
  • Among full-time rural GPs who reported having after-hours commitments, 52 percent said they had them every week, compared to 20 percent of urban GPs.
  • Male GPs work longer general practice hours, do more after-hours work and more work outside of general practice, than their female counterparts.
  • Female GPs are twice as likely to work part-time as male GPs (63 percent compared to 32 percent).
  • Most GPs (66 percent) have after-hours general practice commitments, with about a third (36 percent) having these weekly or fortnightly.

For the first time, the survey included questions about bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • The majority (82 percent) of GPs had not personally experienced these situations in the past 12 months.
  • However, 11 percent of GPs reported experiencing bullying, seven percent reported experiencing discrimination and one percent reported experiencing sexual harassment.

Positive, committed workforce

College President Dr Tim Malloy says it is heartening to see that, despite the workload and stresses involved with caring for a growing, ageing population, most GPs (73 percent) would recommend general practice as a career.
“This is welcome news and I hope it will inspire other young doctors considering their career choices to look at general practice as a worthy, satisfying vocation,” says Dr Malloy.

  • Three quarters of GPs (78 percent) agreed they were motivated and involved in general practice.
  • The majority (81 percent) agreed they could rely on their colleagues for help and support.

Campaign banners with copies of resources for GPs and the latest workforce survey results on display