Members told us what they think – and we’re listening

28/04/2021 Written by Dr Matthew Miles

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Members told us what they think – and we’re listening

In a time of pandemics, rapid vaccine rollouts, and fundamental changes to the way people visit their doctors, general practice is more important than ever.
 
And it’s become clear that, as the professional home for Australia’s GP, we need to understand the views of our most important asset – the members – to best shape our future. That’s why we recently went out to those GPs with the 2021 RACGP Census, seeking their views on a wide variety of topics.
 
In a nutshell, the members made it clear they want more from their RACGP membership.
 
Almost 70% said they value their membership. Providing clinical information, guidelines
and resources; setting clinical guidelines and standards; and keeping GPs informed about the latest
news in the profession were cited as areas in which we’re doing well.
 
But eight in 10 GPs said they’d like us to make some improvements. Areas on which they’d like us to focus include being a strong advocate for GPs; ensuring the work of the RACGP is guided
by member views; and supporting training, education for GPs in training, and managing Fellowship exams
 
The good news: we’re more than up to the task.
 
We’ve already taken some concrete steps to bridge the gaps between what we’re doing and what the members want, and the Board is well aware of all the great work college staff members already do in so many of these areas.
 
Members and CPD participants have told us what they think – and we’re listening. The RACGP is committed to continuous improvement and we’re taking immediate action on the feedback we received.

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