Connecting with a GP (Family Doctor)
What is a GP?
A GP (General Practitioner, or family doctor) is a doctor who specialises in family medicine: they help babies, children, teenagers and adults of all ages.
Your child should see their GP if you’re worried about any health problems like:
- ear problems and pain
- breathing problems, like asthma
- minor accidents and injuries
- immunisations and health checks
- teenage health
- mental health concerns like anxiety
- learning or behavioural issues
- skin rashes
- any other health concerns.
Children with long-term health issues should see their GP regularly
A GP who knows your child well can sort out their health problems more easily. Children with ongoing health issues should see their GP regularly (e.g. once a month or school term).
GPs can work with your child’s paediatrician (children’s doctor) and other health workers from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital or other clinics.
Finding a GP
Ask your friends or family who they see. Think about your cultural, language and health care needs.
- HotDoc (can search for languages)
- Healthdirect Service Finder
- Call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584)
- Google “Find a GP nearby”
- Google “Aboriginal health services” for GP clinics just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- GP Medical Centre websites often list the GPs and their languages, interests, availability and location
How can my family see a GP?
- Book online through the GP’s Medical Centre website, HotDoc or HealthDirect website
- Phone the GP’s medical centre
Having a GP can help the health and wellbeing of your child and family
Tip: If your child needs to see a GP quickly, phone early in the morning and explain that your child is a regular patient and why they need to be seen urgently.