How do I set up a general practice?

Setting up a general practice first requires research into patient need to determine a location where your practice could be successful.

Having found a suitable location, you will need to research many aspects of the business, including:

• practice design
• business structures
• financial management
• staffing arrangements
• risk management
• tax requirements
• insurance.

The two GP colleges - The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) - have lots of valuable resources available to help you in these areas.

When thinking about setting up your general practice, consider whether you might like to become a training practice too. This provides you with an opportunity to shape the next generation of GPs.

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