Chair’s report September 2021

21/09/2021 Written by Ms Christine Nixon APM

Chair’s report September 2021

The September Board meeting was full of complex and important issues relating to the college, the membership and your patients. In many ways, having such a busy agenda reflects the amount of hard work being done by this Board.
 
The profession-led community-based training project was reviewed in depth, with a focus on the relationships between the college and key stakeholders, including the RTOs and Government. We discussed the importance of formally approaching you, the members, in relation to the training project. This will provide an opportunity for RACGP to articulate its vision and strategy, and to consider the views of the membership going forward.
 
While the profession-led community-based training project is a major transformational opportunity for the college, it’s important that progress continues in relation to other key initiatives. In that regard, we reviewed the project plan for a CPD home, as well as the RACGP research strategy and international conjoint partnerships.
 
After receiving a briefing on the exam delivery platform for the next year, the Board provided oversight to ensure confidence in the exams. We feel that all of the lessons from previous exams will be taken into account to ensure a secure and fit-for-purpose delivery platform.
 
The Board also endorsed the appointment of RACGP Expert Committee (REC) chairs for the 2021–24 period, noting the substantial contribution RECs make to the college every day and the high calibre of our Chairs.
 
We had the opportunity to hear from GP leaders in the Northern Territory to review the faculty arrangements and explore how the college can best support the specific issues relating to the NT’s GP workforce and patients.
 
With the upcoming AGM (scheduled for 7.30 pm AEST on 17 November via zoom across Australia), the Board spent considerable time reviewing the financial, audit, risk management and reporting aspects of the RACGP’s operations. In addition, we considered a number of matters relating to Board remuneration, with a focus on ensuring fair, transparent and equitable management of remuneration and positions.
 
The Board also met and formally welcomed the four new co-opted skills-based members who were appointed to the Finance, Audit and Risk Management, People, Culture and Learning, and Nominations and Remuneration committees. These co-opted members will bring extensive deep industry skills and knowledge to the college.

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