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Our RACGP: Governance Review


RACGP Governance Model

Dear members

I am pleased to announce the current proposed model for RACGP Governance received solid support at the GP16 Annual General Meeting.

For those unable to make the AGM in Perth, Council had the benefit of constructive input and rigorous discussion to inform and influence the Governance Review’s further progress.

If you have not reviewed the proposed model, it is predicated on the notion of assigning decisions to appropriate decision makers. To this end Council, after seeking internal and external advice, propose separating the two distinct functions of the current Council:

  • ‘College’ decisions, decisions about clinical or professional matters, and decisions about College position statements, guidelines and clinical materials will be made by the new Council.
  • Risk decisions, regulatory decisions, financial decisions and business decisions will be carved out of the current Council, and made by the new Board.

A common question concerning this structure relates to how the bodies will function together. We have released a fact sheet specifically addressing this and I encourage you to read it. In summary, the model proposes to enshrine certain rights and obligations to Council in the proposed Constitution. At that point, these rights could not be removed from Council without further constitutional change.

Another common question is how this model will assist members. Council considers this model allows quicker responses in the changing face of general practice. As decisions will be made by the most appropriate decision makers, it also permits greater depth of consideration despite those quick responses. Further, the increased opportunities will provide broader and more distributed input channels, spread workloads and consequently will speed up access, processing and delivery of information. 

This structure is not new. The separation has been used by other specialist medical colleges and not-for-profit organisations. This one however, is custom built for the RACGP. Council believes this model will greatly assist the RACGP and you the members in the changing industry of general practice.

Finally, Council is still inviting your constructive feedback to help refine and shape this RACGP governance model.

Dr Tim Koh
RACGP Chair of Council


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