Discipline of General Practice
General Practice is the speciality that provides initial, continuing, comprehensive and coordinated medical care for all individuals, families and communities and which integrates biomedical, psychological, social and environmental understandings of health.
The primary role of the Discipline of General Practice is to teach and train students in this speciality. Approximately half of our graduates will become general practitioners and all who specialise in other areas will need to be acquainted with community practice, so this is an important area of teaching. This is beneficial to the general practitioners who teach as well, as they also learn from their contact with students. An essential role of general practitioners is the continual development of their professional skills through lifelong learning. The Discipline facilitates this process with regular training workshops for GP tutors.
The Discipline co-ordinates all general practice placements and the student attachments for the rural terms.
The Discipline also works with the other disciplines and specialities at the University to assist in teaching and research as requested.