General Practitioner

Job Description

A General Practitioner (GP) will give you the care best suited to your personal needs. They treat the person, not just the disease. A GP is usually the first port of call when a person has a health issue. They may treat common illnesses and minor injuries and refer more serious cases to other specialists. A GP is qualified to give general health advice and prescribe medications.

Careers Ladder


Some afterhours work may be required


General Practitioners are required to complete formal education & training before being able to practice and treat patients.

You will need to complete medical degree studies at university (4-7 years).

Alternatively, you can become a GP by completing the below certifications;

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Medicine masters-level program

You will also be required to complete an internship at a recognised hospital (1 year) and apply for registration with the Medical Board of Australia.


  • Autonomy
  • Communicator
  • Educated
  • Integrity
  • People Person
  • Confidence
  • Competence
  • Honesty
  • Organised
  • People Person
  • Passionate
  • Team Player
  • Specialised

Key Skills

  • General Practice
  • AHPRA Registration
  • Remote Medicine
  • Ethical Standards
  • CPR Certificate
  • Team Work
  • Record Keeping

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;