Paul Wappett has been appointed the CEO of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), after an extensive national search.
A lawyer by profession, Paul's previous positions have included being the CEO of the Australian Institute of Business from 2018 to 2021 and Open Universities Australia from 2012 to 2018. He’s also held legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia, and law firm Clayton Utz.
Paul was the Chairman of Berry Street, the largest child protection agency in Victoria, between 2010 and 2018, and of corporate training company e3 Learning between 2013 and 2016.
RACGP Executive Chair Christine Nixon said Paul’s appointment as RACGP CEO ushers in fresh opportunities to support GPs and general practice, after 18 months of truly unparalleled times for the profession.
‘Priority issues for Paul will include the transition of GP training back to the RACGP in 2023, ensuring the sustainability of general practice as we shift from pandemic to endemic, as well as the launch of a new exam online delivery system,’ Christine said.
‘The coming months will see Paul working closely with the Board, RACGP employees and members on a number of key initiatives including the return of general practice training to the RACGP. ‘
While his official start date is 8 November, Paul will use the coming weeks to get across key work at the RACGP.