Australia can expect to see a rapid rise in the number of female GPs over the next decade, according to Medical Labour Force 1997, a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report shows that the proportion of new female medical students exceeded 50% for the first time - increasing from 43.6% in 1989 to 50.3% in 1998.
Co-author of the report, Mr Warwick Conn, said that women made up 33% of the GP workforce overall, but in the 25-34 year age group comprised 53.2% of GP workforce.
'In addition to this, women now make up 60% of the GP trainees in Australia,' Mr Conn said. 'If this pattern continues Australia will have a rapid increase in the proportion of female GPs over the next 10 years.'
'We're also seeing that female doctors have dramatically different career paths and employment characteristics compared with their male colleagues. Women are more likely to practise in metropolitan areas than men, and female medical students are much more likely than men to choose general practice as a career path and less likely to select specialty practice - especially surgery.'
Medical Labour Force 1997 also shows:
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