General practitioners are the group of professionals most often told about family violence.
It has been estimated that full-time GPs see up to five women per week who have experienced some form of intimate partner abuse — physical, emotional, sexual — in the past 12 months.
Healthcare providers are therefore key to helping women and children on a pathway to safety and good health.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our society a great respect for land, community and their Elders.
There is much we can continue to learn from this enduring and rich culture. As GPs we should continue to take advice from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and their communities.
We must strive to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to feel safe to access our services and enable them to receive the health care they deserve.
General practice plays a central role in the provision of mental health care.
In Australia, people in distress frequently turn to a general practice team for help. Over 1.2 million people see a GP for a mental health-related service every year.
Easily accessed without referral, general practice is key to providing equitable access to care for mental health issues.