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The year has been notable for Dr Harry Nespolon becoming RACGP president; release of new and updated RACGP standards and guidelines; a highly successful inaugural Practice Owners National Conference; campaigns for the federal election, ‘Become a GP’ and for doctors supporting asylum seekers; and launch of the Practice Experience Program.

3 July 2018

Announcement of 2018–20 President

Dr Harry Nespolon, a Sydney-based GP and practice owner, was announced President-elect.

9 August 2018

Launch of the Standards for after-hours and medical deputising services

The Standards aim to improve the quality and safety of after-hours health services. The Department of Health made changes to urgent after-hours items as a result of RACGP advocacy.

27 August 2018

Inaugural RACGP Practice Owners National Conference

The conference addressed specific needs of practice owners and business managers through education, professional development and information updates. The success of the conference was confirmed by the attendance of more than 450 delegates.

28 August 2018

Launch of Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis

The guideline reflects changing evidence in treatment for osteoarthritis, including reducing overreliance on measures such as surgery, imaging technology and medication, and was approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

29 August 2018

Adoption of the RACGP Environmental and Social Governance Investment Policy

The policy outlines how the RACGP plans to carry out investments with consideration for ethical, environmental, corporate governance and social issues.

19 September 2018

Launch of General Practice: Health of the Nation report

For the second year, the RACGP compiled its annual health check-up on general practice, showing the areas where Australia’s primary healthcare system continues to thrive, while also highlighting areas of concern.

5 October 2018

Launch of social media campaign #doctorsforasylumseekers

Together with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australian Medical Students’ Association, the RACGP led the #doctorsforasylumseekers social media campaign to call on the federal government to act urgently to address the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres. The campaign received wide media coverage and increased awareness of health issues for asylum seekers.

18 January 2019

Launch of RACGP Practice Experience Program

The RACGP aims to ensure all doctors working in general practice in Australia have relevant training and hold GP qualifications, and that patients receive the best care possible. Funded by the federal government and in partnership with Regional Training Organisations and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS), the new program is a self-directed education program designed to support non–vocationally registered doctors on their pathway to achieving RACGP Fellowship.

2 February 2019

Launch of ‘Become a GP’ campaign

Targeted at medical students, the RACGP hopes to build interest in the general practice profession. ‘Become a GP’ highlights the clinical challenges of general practice, the opportunities to make a difference to patients and their communities, the supportive and passionate collegial network of GPs and, most importantly, the relationships we are able to form with our patients over a lifetime.

18 February 2019

RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon appears at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Dr Harry Nespolon told the Royal Commission that GPs don’t receive enough support when treating patients in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and that inadequate remuneration, communication breakdown and a lack of physical infrastructure in RACFs are further barriers to GPs providing onsite care.

26 February 2019

Australian GPs provide a ‘house visit’ for Queensland MPs

RACGP Queensland Chair, Dr Bruce Willett, and Registrar Representative, Dr Krystyna de Lange, took over Queensland Parliament to provide MPs with important health checks and reinforce the need for affordable and accessible GP visits, no matter how busy life may be.

13 March 2019

Launch of Custodial health in Australia: Tips for providing healthcare to people in prison

Developed by the RACGP Specific Interests Custodial Health network, the resource covers recommendations to best support patients for positive outcomes once released from prison, including prevention of suicide risk, substance abuse and self-harm.

11 April 2019

Launch of RACGP federal election campaign

The RACGP advocated strongly for members during the 2019 election campaign, highlighting the impact of the Medicare freezes from successive governments on patients’ access to GPs. The campaign finished with an open letter from President Dr Harry Nespolon that asked key political figures: ‘Who will care for all Australians?’

April 2019

The RACGP takes responsibility for training of GP candidates under the Australian General Practice Training Program

The RACGP signed a contract with the Department of Health to be the responsible entity for delivery of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS). This was an historic moment for general practice and reflects the professionalism and expertise of the RACGP.

18–19 May 2019

RACGP Practice Owners National Conference

Following the success of the 2018 Practice Owners National Conference, the 2019 conference was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, hosting more the 720 delegates from across Australia.