For the first time in Australia in nearly 60 years, there are more female GPs than male GPs. According to the RACGP, in 2012-2013, approximately 47% of women were members, but in 2016-2017, this number climbed to 50.2%.
The only state in Australia where the same statistics do not precipitate is Queensland, where there are just over 100 more male GPs.
However, most other medical specialities are still male-dominated. Dr Sarah Newman believes that there are multiple factors contributing to this trend. Firstly, physician training and exams can be especially draining for healthcare workers, which can become even more difficult if women are considering having children. Additionally, sexual harassment and bullying against women, especially in surgical specialities, is failing to decline, further deterring women from this field.
Instead, general practice offers a flexible, team-based and controlled lifestyle which is much more appealing.
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