What is i heart my GP all about?
Launched on 19 May 2012 on World Family Doctor Day, i heart my GP is about celebrating the role of GPs and encouraging the Australian public to recognise the vital work of GPs in providing excellent primary care to the community.
Why are we running this campaign?
29,800 Australian GPs undertake more than 100 million consultations a year. Pretty impressive isn’t it?
GPs are vital in keeping our communities happy and healthy. They are the first point of contact when we have a problem, a question or concern and if you think about it most of our medical experiences probably started with going to a GP. With a growing shortage of doctors, particularly GPs in rural and regional Australia, we think it is crucial to highlight the significant place GPs hold in our communities and families.
Why should I get involved?
This is your chance to do your bit to support GPs in Australia. All you have to do is take a moment to think about why your GP is important to you and then write and send a couple of sentences to us so that we can share your story, with the rest of the community – it’s simple!
Fast facts about general practice*
- There are 29,800 GPs in Australia
- Over a 100 million consultations are undertaken between Australians and their GPs each year
- 90% of Australians consult their GP at least once a year
- 124 patients is the average number of patients a GP sees every week.
Who are we?
i heart my GP is an initiative launched by General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) who is is the peak national representative body for GP registrars in Australia. We are a not-for-profit organisation and also administer General Practice Students Network (GPSN) and Going Places Network (GPN); which are both peer-to-peer networks that raise the profile of general practice as a great career option to medical students and junior doctors.
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Who is supporting this campaign?
i heart my GP is possible because of the support of numerous organisations within the Australian and international health care community. Find out more about our supporters.