New fitness-to-drive guidelines released

Health professionals and their patients will have better guidance on safety to drive with the release of new guidelines. 

Assessing Fitness to Drive is a joint publication from Austroads and the National Transport Commis­sion. This edition contains flowcharts to assess patients with conditions such as epilepsy and dementia and question­naires to help assess drivers with diabetes. 

A pdf copy of the guidelines is available at www.austroads.com.au/drivers-vehicles/assessing-fitness-to-drive.

More specialists and more female GPs

The medical workforce is more specialised than a decade ago, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The Medical Practitioner Workforce 2015 report explored the characteristics of medical practitioners. The number of GPs changed little, from 24,655 in 2008 to 28,329 in 2015. However, the supply of specialists increased from 21,953 in 2005 to 31,189 in 2015. 

There was a higher proportion of female GPs, up to 42.1% in 2015 from 36.5% in 2005.

The report can be viewed on the AIHW website (www.aihw.gov.au).