The Industry of General Practice: Its Infrastructure

Document Type

Book Chapter


Commonwealth of Australia


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine




This chapter was originally published as: Rudd, C. J., & Watts, I. (2005). The industry of general practice: its infrastructure. In Catherine West (Ed.), General Practice in Australia: 2004 (pp. 359-419). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.


This chapter is also in two parts. The first part deals with the context of infrastructure, governance and leadership. This section provides an interesting discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of infrastructure development in health. It then goes on to describe the various elements of general practice infrastructure in Australia, including a review of the organisations that make up that infrastructure. The second part of this chapter looks into individual practices – how they are structured, the types of business arrangements and the way in which these features interplay. This is the first such typology of practice to appear in this series. Exploring some of the infrastructure support and development issues with key industry people enhances the chapter. This provides a real life backdrop to the theory and analysis discussed.

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