Australians access general practice more than any other area of the health system. Mental health issues are driving Australians to visit their GP more than any other health concern. Report finds psychological issues most common problem GPs treat, second year in a row Government developing 10-year primary care plan to improve Medicare delivery But GPs say they’re struggling to keep up with demand because mental healthcare is complex and often requires more time than a standard consultation allows. A survey of 1,200 GPs published today by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) found two in three doctors reported "psychological issues" as the most common ailment they now treated. "If you think about where you can go if you’ve got a mental health issue, there are very few places," said Harry Nespolon, president of the RACGP. Dr Nespolon said the shift from institutional to community-based care for mental […]