This week’s round-up includes an outline of the college’s latest policy submissions, how rural GPs can get involved, and upcoming educational webinars.
The college has provided two recent submissions outlining its role in general practice policy and advocacy.
Review of the National Medicines Policy
The RACGP’s submission to the review of the National Medicines Policy highlights the importance of implementation, and how the policy will translate into use in clinical practice. It includes high level and practical feedback related to the objectives of the policy, such as:
Inquiry into vaccine-related fraud and security risks
- mechanisms and/or mandates implemented to ensure a minimum supply of medication is available in Australia
- consideration of efficient and cheaper alternatives to community pharmacy dispensing
- improved post-marketing surveillance
- clear definition of the term ‘medical devices’, particularly software as a medical device
- standardisation and quality assurance for supporting tools and software for medical devices
- prescribing software and medication lists to be fully integrated with residential aged care facilities software
- complementary and alternative medicines included in medicine databases.
The RACGP’s submission
to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s inquiry
into COVID-19 vaccine-related fraud and security risks provides feedback on the role of GPs during the pandemic and vaccine rollout. Other topics covered include:
Help shape rural education
- fake vaccine certificates and how to address them
- the risks of vaccine misinformation
- vaccine exemption requests
- the need for public health information around the importance of vaccines
- opting out of sharing vaccine information with third parties.
RACGP Rural is calling for GPs with a passion for rural education.
The Rural Education Committee is looking for members to help guide the development of CPD for RACGP Rural. The committee meets 6–8 times a year, and members review educational content to ensure it meets rural GP learning needs and RACGP CPD standards. It also offers opportunities to take on facilitation roles at events and educational activities.
Expressions of interest can be sent with a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
along with a paragraph on why GPs want to be involved. Applications close Friday 12 November, 5.00 pm (AEDT).
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For more information and to book a free, no-obligation consultation, visit the RACGP Plus website