What is Medical Doctor (GP)?

March 05, 2018


A GP is a medical doctor who specialises in primary care. They are usually the first point of contact in the health system (the other is Emergency Physicians for people presenting to hospital with severe illness or injury). GPs help people of all ages and backgrounds with a wide range of physical, emotional, and other problems. This includes minor illness and injury, chronic disease, mental illness, and more. That’s why they are also referred to by the RACGP as your ‘Specialist in Life’.

To become a GP, one has to complete medical school and a 1 year hospital internship, followed by at least 3-4 years of training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).


Primary Care Services at Ubuntu:

  • Services offered by our GPs include:
  • Routine childhood vaccinations
  • Treatment of minor childhood illnesses such as earache, sore throat, cough/cold, bladder infection, and diarrhoeal illnesses
  • Management of more complex paediatric problems, such as sleep or behavioural disturbances, learning problems, and mood disorders
  • Assessment of common complaints such as headache, abdominal pain, back pain, insomnia, and fatigue
  • Treatment of minor injuries such as sprain/strain and bursitis
  • Assessment of joint, neck, and spine problems
  • Support and management of stress, anxiety/depression and mental illness
  • Travel advice and vaccination
  • Assessment of rashes and skin problems (eg eczema)
  • Mole/skin cancer checks
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of skin cancers and other skin lesions
  • Contraceptive advice
  • Implanon insertion and removal
  • Mirena removal
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Safe sex counselling and STD testing
  • Prenatal/fertility counselling and shared antenatal care of pregnancy
  • Assistance with abnormal periods and the menopause
  • Nutritional and lifestyle advice
  • Prescriptions and medication management
  • Comprehensive management of chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease
  • A holistic approach to chronic pain
  •  Specialist and allied health referral and coordination of multidisciplinary care teams
  • Care of the older person, including management of chronic conditions and assessment of memory problems
  • Minor surgery (such as drainage of abscesses, removal of cysts, and ingrown toenails)
  • Medical assessments
  • Drivers Licence fitness certificates
  • WorkCover claims
  • And more…



NB: Ubuntu is a mixed billing clinic. People under 16yo, over 65yo, and concession card holders are bulk billed on weekdays; everyone else is privately billed. All patients are privately billed on weekends (except DVA Card holders).”