GPs are the most accessible medical professionals in Australia and the backbone of primary healthcare. Here are a few trends that will shape the supply and demand of GPs and the future healthcare industry in North Western Melbourne:
Plenty of Jobs
A range of Jobs for General Practitioners exist in all types of locations – metropolitan areas, in the bush, and small towns across North Western Melbourne. Currently, more than 570 medical practices operate in North Western Melbourne alone.
General Practitioners are able to enjoy salary packaging benefits, flexible working arrangements, access to regular health and wellbeing programs such as yoga and group fitness and opportunities to support continuous professional development as well as great team culture.
Multiple GP vacancies are demanded across the vibrant suburbs of the region including Airport West, Avondale Heights, Cairnlea, Essendon, Essendon Fields, Keilor, Keilor East, Niddrie, Plumpton, St Albans, Strathmore, Sunbury, Taylors Lakes and Tullamarine.
Explore a comprehensive list of rewarding Permanent and Locum GP vacancies in North Western Melbourne here.
The entire Greater Melbourne area covers 9992.5 km2 and has a population of around 4.96 million. One of the key matters faced by people living and working in Greater Melbourne is the growing population creating more demand for healthcare services. Between 2016 and 2041, the population for the City of Melbourne is forecast to increase by 237,928 persons (162.86% growth), at an average annual change of 3.94%.
According to the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), nearly one-third of Victoria’s projected population growth to 2031 is expected to occur in the North-Western Melbourne region. The region includes the high-growth Local Government Areas of Hume in the north and Melton and Wyndham in the west.
Moreover, the number of children in Melbourne’s north and west is forecast to grow by more than 50% by 2031.
This growth of population affects the demand for all health care services, including hospitals, and also long-term care which thereby creates more demand for GP services. Based on the Health of the Nation survey 2020, 77% of the respondents visited a GP when needed and Less than 1% of patients reported they needed to, but did not, see a GP.
Cost of Living
While Melbourne is one of the best cities to work and live in with families, the cost of living may depend on the type of lifestyle you live. Here’s a rough idea to determine the cost of living in Melbourne in comparison to Sydney:
Melbourne’s consumer Prices in Melbourne are 5.89% lower than in Sydney (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Melbourne are 14.90% lower than in Sydney
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 29.22% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 1.19% lower than in Sydney
Increasing Health issues
Mental illness is a key component of the burden of disease in the Australian communities. The Health and Wellbeing Profile of City of Melbourne depicts the key health issues of across the lifespan of the Melbourne community. Accordingly, adults go through health issues such as Mental health (psychological distress, depression and anxiety, suicide risk), Declining subjective wellbeing, Leading chronic diseases (overweight/obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and asthma), Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Increasing infectious diseases (influenza, COVID-19) while the Child and adolescent health and wellbeing is affected by Declining kindergarten participation rates, Low immunisation rates, and Adolescent mental health.
More than 90% of people over 70 years of age in North Western Melbourne have two or more chronic conditions. Therefore. It is more important than ever that GPs are able to provide continuity of care for patients with chronic diseases.
According to the City of Melbourne Economic Profile, Melbourne makes a major contribution to the wider economy. In 2019 the Gross Local Product (GLP) of Melbourne was $104.1 billion from which Healthcare and Social Assistance industry Contributed $6.42 billion with total employment of 43,603.
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