Overcoming negative perceptions among Australian medical students about a career in general practice

David Townsend, Nicola Campbell and Claire Chandler
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00454
Published online: 6 March 2017

Encouraging medical students to pursue a career in general practice is a global problem with an Australian solution

General practice is the cornerstone of the Australian health care system, and a critical component of health care systems around the world. However, recruiting a general practice workforce capable of meeting community needs remains a global challenge.

  • David Townsend1
  • Nicola Campbell2
  • Claire Chandler3

  • 1 Maitland Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District, Maitland, NSW
  • 2 Toowoomba Hospital, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Toowoomba, QLD
  • 3 Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA



We acknowledge the support of General Practice Students Network patron, Michael Kidd AM, in the development of this paper.

Competing interests:

David Townsend is a past Board Director of General Practice Registrars Australia and was the 2013 National Chair of the General Practice Students Network (GPSN). Nicola Campbell was the 2015 National Chair of the GPSN. Claire Chandler was the 2016 National Chair of the GPSN.


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