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newsGP weekly poll: Help us help Australia’s GPs

Each week, newsGP will canvas GP views on a range of topics, from hot button medical issues to the way the college engages with membership.

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With it becoming increasingly likely that Novavax will be available in Australia by the end of the year – if approved by the TGA – newsGP asks GPs how much interest there is in this third vaccine among patients.

newsGP weekly poll Have you encountered patients who say they are ‘waiting for Novavax’?


newsGP weekly poll 11–18 October 2021 (Votes: 1273)
newsGP weekly poll What is the main barrier GPs face when prescribing medicinal cannabis? The poll is closed.
Lack of knowledge
 
26%
The prescribing process is too difficult
 
24%
Too costly
 
6%
Lack of evidence
 
42%


newsGP weekly poll 4–11 October 2021 (Votes: 1465)
newsGP weekly poll How has working as a GP during the pandemic affected your mental health? The poll is closed.
Not at all
 
13%
Somewhat
 
34%
Greatly
 
38%
I’ve had to take time off work
 
13%


newsGP weekly poll 27 September – 4 October 2021 (Votes: 1028)
newsGP weekly poll Should general practice exams be restricted only to people undertaking a Fellowship program? The poll is closed.
Yes, this is the same as other specialties
 
54%
No, the previous arrangement was better
 
25%
I don’t feel strongly about this issue
 
8%
I want to see how the new system works before deciding
 
11%


newsGP weekly poll 20–27 September 2021 (Votes: 1637)
newsGP weekly poll As a GP, how concerned are you about the health impacts of climate change? The poll is closed.
Very
 
58%
Somewhat
 
8%
Not at all
 
26%
I don’t know enough about it
 
6%


newsGP weekly poll 13–20 September 2021 (Votes: 3309)
newsGP weekly poll Should GPs have restrictions on being able to prescribe ivermectin for COVID-19? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
13%
No
 
54%
Yes, but it should apply to all doctors
 
29%
Only while there is a shortage
 
1%


newsGP weekly poll 6–13 September 2021 (Votes: 1108)
newsGP weekly poll Have you felt more confident administering COVID-19 vaccinations since the no-fault indemnity scheme was finalised? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
29%
No, I was not overly concerned about adverse events
 
18%
No, it is still my patient if something goes wrong
 
37%
Indifferent
 
14%


newsGP weekly poll 30 August – 6 September 2021 (Votes: 1388)
newsGP weekly poll For what reason are female patients most commonly presenting at the moment? The poll is closed.
Mental health
 
65%
Alcohol and other drugs
 
4%
Screenings/preventive care
 
8%
Questions about vaccination
 
21%


newsGP weekly poll 23–30 August 2021 (Votes: 4634)
newsGP weekly poll As a GP, do you agree with mandatory COVID vaccinations in the workplace? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
52%
No
 
35%
In settings where employees will likely be exposed to the virus
 
7%
Only people who work closely with vulnerable cohorts
 
4%


newsGP weekly poll 16–23 August 2021 (Votes: 1795)
newsGP weekly poll Have you noticed a recent reduction in COVID vaccine hesitancy in your area? The poll is closed.
Yes (COVID hotspot)
 
34%
No (COVID hotspot)
 
12%
Yes (no community transmission)
 
30%
No (no community transmission)
 
21%


newsGP weekly poll 9–16 August 2021 (Votes: 1177)
newsGP weekly poll How often do patients fail to disclose respiratory symptoms during triage? The poll is closed.
At least once per day
 
66%
At least once per week
 
26%
Rarely
 
5%
Never
 
2%


newsGP weekly poll 2–9 August 2021 (Votes: 1141)
newsGP weekly poll Are you happy with the incoming changes to CPD? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
4%
No
 
72%
Undecided
 
19%
Indifferent
 
3%


newsGP weekly poll 26 July – 2 August 2021 (Votes: 2526)
newsGP weekly poll Are you fully vaccinated against COVID-19? The poll is closed.
I am, as is the rest of our practice
 
37%
I am, but some of my colleagues aren’t
 
26%
I’ve received one dose
 
22%
No one in my practice is
 
14%


newsGP weekly poll 19–26 July 2021 (Votes: 896)
newsGP weekly poll Have mandatory reporting laws ever dissuaded you from seeking mental health support? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
52%
No
 
16%
No (WA-based)
 
2%
I haven’t needed any
 
28%


newsGP weekly poll 12–19 July 2021 (Votes: 1154)
newsGP weekly poll Have you been fit-tested for a P2/N95 mask yet? The poll is closed.
Yes, every GP in my practice has
 
3%
Yes, but some colleagues have not
 
2%
No, but fit-testing has been scheduled
 
0%
No and fit-testing has not been scheduled
 
93%


newsGP weekly poll 5–12 July 2021 (Votes: 313)
newsGP weekly poll Does your practice have a reconciliation action plan? The poll is closed.
Yes
 
8%
No, but we would consider it
 
24%
No, and unlikely to consider it
 
60%
I work in an ACCHO or AMS
 
6%


newsGP weekly poll 28 June – 5 July 2021 (Votes: 1258) 
newsGP weekly poll What will attract more medical graduates to general practice? The poll is closed.
Increased remuneration
 
79%
Less paperwork
 
7%
Access to paid leave
 
6%
Greater exposure to primary care
 
6%


newsGP weekly poll 21–28 June 2021 (Votes: 659) 
newsGP weekly poll What is the main barrier to conducting video-based telehealth? The poll is closed.
Practice infrastructure
 
32%
Technical issues
 
25%
Patient preference
 
33%
Lack of training/experience
 
8%


newsGP weekly poll 14–21 June 2021 (Votes: 883)
newsGP weekly poll Do you support disease-specific MBS item numbers? The poll is closed.
No – this fragments care
 
59%
No – for other reasons
 
15%
Yes – for specific patient needs
 
5%
Yes – with appropriate rebates
 
19%


newsGP weekly poll 7–14 June 2021 (Votes: 993) 
newsGP weekly poll As a GP, what are you most concerned about professionally? The poll is closed.
Work–life balance
 
45%
MBS compliance
 
17%
Lack of resources
 
13%
Vexatious complaints
 
24%


newsGP poll 31 May – 7 June 2021 (Votes: 1420) 
newsGP weekly poll What is the largest challenge impacting the COVID vaccine rollout? The poll is closed.
Vaccine hesitancy
 
69%
Limited number of doses
 
21%
Inconsistent supply of consumables
 
3%
Lack of MBS support
 
4%


newsGP poll 24–31 May 2021 (Votes: 667) 
newsGP weekly poll Would you access professional indemnity insurance through the RACGP? The poll is closed.
Yes, very likely
 
23%
Yes, somewhat likely
 
16%
No, very unlikely
 
41%
No, somewhat unlikely
 
18%


newsGP poll 17–24 May 2021 (Votes: 1048) 
newsGP weekly poll What is the main priority for GPs over the next 12 months? The poll is closed.
Completing the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
 
26%
Finding a permanent solution for telehealth
 
7%
More funding to better support primary care
 
18%
Avoiding burnout
 
48%