What is a general practitioner?
A general practitioner (GP) or physician is a doctor who has completed a basic medical degree followed by a one-year internship at a recognised hospital. To become a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), general practitioners must complete the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program, which involves an additional three to four years of training in general practice and an exam.
General practitioners play a central role in addressing the health issues of their patients. GPs provide a broad range of medical care for their patients, from prescribing medications and treating health concerns to providing health screening and referrals to other specialists. Often, your general practitioner is your first point of contact if you have a health concern and over time, they often provide continuing care to patients and their families.
What is personal protective equipment?
As a general practitioner, it is essential to protect yourself against exposure to illness and infectious diseases. Personal protective equipment acts as a physical barrier to help minimise health and safety risks for general practitioners and other health professionals. The type of PPE required in clinical practice depends on the risk assessment and the type of health services that are offered.
Here are some of the main types of PPE that are commonly used by health professionals across different medical settings.