Australia’s GPs believe that mental health is the number one emerging health concern, often related to co-existing chronic health conditions – but more is needed to keep Australians well.
This is one of the conclusions presented in the benchmark report General Practice: Health of the Nation 2017 which gives a unique overview of the general practice sector.
The report is based on various sources, including research commissioned by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the MABEL (Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life) Survey.
Some of the key messages from the report:
- Mental health is today’s biggest health problem and will continue to be an issue in the future
- The GP is the most accessible health professional and should be utilised to keep Australia well
- Patient out-of-pocket expenses in general practice are increasing and present a barrier to patients accessing the required care
The bad news
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