Author(s): Thistlethwaite JE, Leeder SR, Kidd MR, Shaw T
There is an ongoing shortage of general practitioners in Australia, accompanied by a decline in the popularity of general practice as a career choice. Many factors influence the career choice of junior doctors and medical students, including role models, the quality of clinical attachments during training, remuneration, and flexibility of training and working hours. Evidence-based strategies that could increase the number of doctors choosing general practice as a career include longer and higher-quality general practice attachments during medical school and the early postgraduate years, and emphasising the positive aspects of general practice, such as flexibility. General practice would become a more attractive choice if remuneration was in line with hospital specialties.