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Top Australian healthcare trends for doctors

Medicine and healthcare is a fast moving space with trends constantly developing and evolving.

The direct impact of the pandemic has subsided but its legacy continues to endure with the rise of telehealth and information technology.

And there is now a much greater focus on mental health and preventative care as a result of recent years.

Australia is also continuing to learn how to manage and meet the needs of its ageing population.

It’s information that is relevant to any doctor contemplating moving to Australia to work.

Let’s take a closer look at the healthcare trends impacting General Practitioners and doctors in Australia.

Telehealth expansion

The COVID pandemic was not the catalyst for the invention of telehealth.

But it did trigger the Australian government to have telehealth services subsidised by Medicare in March 2020.

Today, virtual consultations are standard and a significant component of primary healthcare.

Most Australian GPs now offer phone and video consultations as an alternative to face-to-face appointments.

They are often a preferable and more convenient option for minor needs such as repeat prescriptions or for people in remote areas.

While telehealth consultations are normally billed at a lower rate than face-to-face consultations, they allow GPs to make more consults per day, potentially boosting receipts.

Digital health and Health Information Technology (HIT)

The adoption of digital health solutions and health IT systems continues to expand across clinics and transform healthcare delivery in Australia.

More GPs are utilising electronic health records and data analytics for speed and convenience.

They are also embracing other digital tools to streamline patient records, improve diagnostic accuracy and enhance communication and coordination between healthcare providers.

This leads to an overall more comprehensive, efficient and personalised experience for patients.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Integrated Care

Improved digital health technology is facilitating greater collaboration and integration between healthcare disciplines and professionals across the board.

This includes GPs, specialists, allied healthcare professionals and community services.

As the first port of call for a patient, GPs are normally the focal point of such collaboration, facilitating  patient care across a range of environments.

The result is the fostering of a more holistic and patient-centred approach to treatment and management.

Preventative care and chronic disease management

Australian GPs are placing a growing emphasis on preventative healthcare and the management of chronic disease.

This is in no small part due to an ageing population.

There is also a growing appetite for holistic and proactive care from both doctors and patients.

This includes advice on lifestyle adjustments and educating patients about the importance of regular check-ups to not just identify the early onset of chronic disease but manage it when it arrives.

The general consensus is that preventative care leads to overall improved health outcomes across the population.

Ageing population and aged care services

One in six Australians are aged over 65.

That’s around 4.5m people.

Over the next 40 years, that number is expected to more than double with the number aged over 85 expected to more than triple.

Hence there is a growing emphasis on how to care for an ageing population and how to accomodate them.

Many of today’s healthcare trends and services in Australia are tailored toward its ageing population.

GPs are actively engaging in geriatric care and supporting initiatives aimed at healthy ageing.

A significant part of that process is ensuring patient accessibility and maintaining quality of care for elderly patients while managing age-related health issues.

Mental health

There is an ever-growing recognition and emphasis on mental health in Australia.

This was on the rise, even before the pandemic.

A recent government report indicated that a staggering 42.9% of the population aged between 16-85 had experienced a mental disorder at some stage in their life.

That’s more than 8.5m people.

Between 2020-22, 21.5% or 4.3m people reported a mental disorder lasting at least 12 months.

As a result, mental health has become a key focus of primary health care.

GPs are intrinsically involved in the diagnosis and management of mental health conditions, emphasising an holistic approach that accounts for both physical and psychological well being.

Contact Health Recruitment Australia today

When you are considering moving to another country to work, it’s important to know what to expect.

Being aware of the latest healthcare trends is just a small part of the service that Health Recruitment Australia provides.

HRA is a dedicated recruitment agency that specialises in matching overseas doctors of all ages with the right clinics in Australia.

A significant GP shortage exists in Australia right now!

There are multiple opportunities available for doctors keen to make the move.

If you’re one of the thousands of doctors considering emigrating to Australia to work, let HRA make your job easier.

We’ll help you find you the right city, area, and practice to work in.

We’ll answer all of your questions, putting your mind at ease to make your move smooth sailing.

And we’ll even help with all that annoying paperwork too!

Why not start with an informal, no-obligation discussion with the experienced team at Health Recruitment Australia? Contact us.

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