About the program

The Future Leaders program is designed to help you identify your strengths, challenge you to think strategically, and produce beneficial change. Most importantly, the program will increase your confidence as a GP leader. You will develop increased ability to influence, whether locally or nationally.

The program addresses three core areas:

  • Focus on self: identifying your values and how these on your efficacy as a leader.
  • Focus on others: applying techniques and methods for influencing and achieving positive change.
  • Focus on the future: learning how to take a bird’s eye view of the environment and advocate for change at a local and national level.

What is covered in the program?

Delivered primarily online, with webinars and action learning groups, this 12 month program will include:

  • individual values profile with 1:1 debrief and development plan
  • two day intensive workshop at start of program
  • 1.5 hour webinar each month
  • a two hour small group meeting each month
  • a one day intensive workshop at end of program
  • a mentor allocated based on your development needs
  • RACGP leadership support and guidance from a specialist team of experts.
Download the Future Leaders Program Outline for more details.

Who should apply?

The RACGP’s Future Leaders program is designed for RACGP Fellows who have had some experience of leadership, but who have not yet undergone significant formal leadership training. Your experience could be in the form of leading an idea or perhaps sitting on a board or committee.

A commitment of approximately four hours per week is required from July 2021 to July 2022. This time will be spent working on your project, taking part in group work, setting time aside for self-study and attending webinars.

A Future Leaders program participant will need to be:

  • an RACGP Fellow
  • driven and goal-oriented
  • collaborative
  • willing to take part in a specific leadership project, peer coaching and group learning activities (face to face and online)
  • Previous leadership experience either within your practice, community groups or other organisations
  • Willing to take part in individual evaluation and discuss feedback
  • Approximately 4 hours per  week available to commit  to the program from July 2021 to July 2022
  • You will also be required to provide two referees who can give examples of how you meet the selection criteria.

We welcome applications from all sectors of the general practice community and we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Specific selection criteria also applies. More information can be found in the Program Outline 2021 (coming soon).

Information webinar

We held an information webinar in December 2020 to talk about the details of the program and the application process. This webinar is now available on demand.

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Suddenly I’m a leader

The RACGP’s Head of Leadership Development, Vicky Moriarty, has been working with RACGP NSW&ACT to develop a some resources for members who have been thrust into leadership roles with no formal training. The Suddenly I’m a leader series features webinars and podcasts and are a great introduction into the broader topics that will be covered in the Future Leaders Program.

In this 30 minute on-demand webinar, Vicky will touch on:

  • The development of leadership
  • Learning to lead fast: practice-based scenarios
  • Q&A / Go-to resources

We have also produced a series of Suddenly I’m a leader podcasts with a range of guest speakers talking about their leadership journey.

listen to the series


“The Future Leaders Program was one that provided an outstanding panel of tutorials lead by Vicky Moriarty and her team. From the opening workshops, through to the 'active group learning' meetings each month, there was plenty of opportunity to discuss concepts and ideas with likeminded GPs. We each discussed our journeys in leadership so far and went on to develop our own project in the space of most interest to us. This was a unique experience which allowed us to go beyond our day to day practice as a GP and provide scope for what might be possible in the future.”

-    Dr Andrew Leech (2020 alumni)

"The Future Leaders Program gave me a chance to better understand my values and qualities as a leader and connect with an inspiring group of peers who are actively engaged in driving positive change within general practice and the broader community."

-       Dr Catherine Pendrey (2020 alumni)