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check (independent learning program)

check is an independent learning program produced 11 times a year by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). A peer-reviewed, Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) activity written by expert clinicians, each unit includes four to six clinical cases with answers, followed by 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs), as well as references and resources. check is available in hard copy (printed quarterly) and online.

How can I access check online?

check can be accessed online via gplearning. RACGP members automatically have access to the check program online. Simply log in using the same username and password you use to log onto the RACGP website. Please call the gplearning helpdesk on 1800 284 789 if you cannot remember your username and password.

If you are not an RACGP member and would like to access check online, please complete a subscription/order form, then call the gplearning helpdesk on 1800 284 789 to register. You will be provided with a username and password.

How can I obtain QI&CPD points with check?

You can obtain six Category 2 QI&CPD points per check unit by completing the activity via gplearning. Simply complete the unit and answer the 10 MCQs at the completion of the unit. A pass grade requires a score of at least 80%. Points are awarded automatically after the unit is completed online. Points will appear on your QI&CPD statement within two weeks of completion.

2017 – topics and release dates


Available online via gplearning

Hard copy delivery

Unit 535 – Preventive health

First week of February 2017





Mid April 2017

Unit 536 – Chronic conditions

First week of March 2017

Unit 537 – Sexual health

First week of April 2017

Mid July 2017

Unit 538 – Dermatology

First week of May 2017

Unit 539 – Infectious diseases

First week of June 2017

Unit 540 – Perinatal health

First week of July 2017

Mid October 2017

Unit 541 – Paediatric health

First week of August 2017

Unit 542 – Adolescent health

First week of September 2017

Unit 543 – End-of-life care

First week of October 2017

Mid January 2018

Unit 544 – Vulnerable populations

First week of November 2017

Unit 545 – Diet and nutrition

First week of December 2017

*Topics are subject to change.
Access to the check program online is included in the RACGP membership package for registered medical practitioners and students. Non-members who wish to access the check program online may purchase a 12-month online subscription.
RACGP members (excluding student members) who wish to receive the hard copy version of check need to opt-in by emailing or calling 1800 331 626. Non-members and student members who wish to receive check in hard copy may purchase a 12-month hard copy subscription.

Back issues

Back issues of check are available for purchase in hard copy and PDF format. Download and complete the relevant order form, then fax back to 03 8699 0400, email to, or call 1800 331 626 for more information.

The RACGP will re-send missing hard copies free of charge if notified within two months effective from the distribution date. Otherwise, back issues can be purchased as per the order form.

Writing or reviewing for check

The RACGP relies on its members and other expert clinicians to provide and review content for check. In addition to participating in the creation of a valuable education resource, contributing authors can apply for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points under the ‘Peer review journal article module’ for writing material that is published. Peer reviewers can self-claim two category 2 QI&CPD points for each hour they spend on the activity.

Authors and reviewers also derive other benefits from participating in the check program. Some brief testimonials are included below:

It was good for me to have the opportunity to review my own knowledge and practice, based on needing to reference the case with up-to-date literature to ensure the recommendations were accurate, so thanks for giving me the chance to do it. 

Writing cases is enjoyable and also a great opportunity to learn more about important and common topics.

To find out more about contributing to check as an author or peer reviewer, please contact the check medical editor, Sharmini Rajanayagam, at

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