Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Australia encourages GP care for a better health outcome. General practice is the backbone of the health care system and by utilising primary care doctors, puts an emphasis on the doctor-patient relationship by shifting the focus from doctor-centred care to patient-centred care.

The organ system of a person includes the circulatory system (how blood and oxygen are delivered via the heart, arteries, and veins), the digestive system, hormones, skin, hair, nails, sweat and glands, the immune system, the muscular system, nervous system, reproductive system, respiratory and skeletal.

General Practice specialties (family medicine, general internal medicine, and paediatrics). Family doctors provide the most care, managing nearly all care visits.

Family medicine is about: (1) knowledge, (2) skill and (3) process. At the centre of the process is the patient-doctor relationship. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes General Practice from all other specialties.

Family doctors provide continuing and comprehensive health care. The GP also pays special attention to the lives of their patients within their family and the community. While there are similarities between family medicine and the other primary care specialties, family doctors have an unprecedented opportunity to have an impact on the health of an individual patient over that person's entire lifetime.