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Speaking at GP14, Professor Jon Emery, Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne, stressed the important role GPs play in boosting bowel cancer screening rates, the uptake of which is seriously lagging behind other general practice-led prevention schemes. Prof Emery referred to a UK trial that found mailing a letter to patients in advance of the faecal occult blood tests (FOBT) being sent in the post allowed GPs to increase screening participation rates by 8%. The evidence speaks for itself, and it is high time preventi...
The RACGP has withdrawn the Ebola poster provided earlier this week for practices to display in their waiting rooms. The intent of the poster was to inform patients attending practices to make practice staff aware of any potential Ebola-like symptoms or risk factors. It was not intended to inform the community to present to GPs in the first instance. The RACGP acknowledges that the wording of the original poster had the potential to mislead and is actively re-wording the poster information for distribution to all members and their practice staff. Th...
A recent outcome report of the Inquiry into Community Pharmacy in Victoria could potentially see pharmacists given the authority to implement vaccination programs and treat ‘minor ailments’, including wound care, insect bites, eczema, herpes simplex and sore throats. The report calls for increased scope of practice for pharmacists, dispensing powers and involvement in disease screening and management. GPs are trained to manage undifferentiated presentations, alongside contextual therapeutics, and while pharmacists may have in-depth knowledge of ph...
Price transparency tends to be a usual practice in most industries, but it is less common in healthcare. Anecdotal evidence , we well as feedback from some RACGP members, has suggested many patients feel they are unable to make informed decisions regarding their health due to a lack of timely information about treatment fees and costs. There has been recent discussion regarding concerns of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by patients across the healthcare sector. In particular, questions regarding excessive fees charged by some specialists have high...
Following extensive consultation and dialogue with its membership, the RACGP has strengthened its position on the Government’s revised co-payment model, calling for an immediate halt to any measures that jeopardise general practice services. The RACGP stands resolutely against the proposed $5 cut in the patient rebate and the freeze to rebates until 2018, deeming this proposal unacceptable. The RACGP is extending its advocacy efforts to encompass the Government’s recent announcement, and GPs are encouraged to visit the RACGP website and download a n...
As the year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all RACGP members and stakeholders for your continued support. The general practice profession has faced unprecedented challenges this year, but we have faced them head on, with resilience and integrity. From the moment it was first rumoured in December last year, the RACGP has stood resolutely against the Government’s proposed co-payment model, calling for greater investment in primary healthcare. The RACGP lobbied and advocated on behalf of GPs and their patients, promo...
The RACGP recently updated its Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy . Guidance about the comparability of specific general practice posts has been updated and is shown in Appendix 1. Applicants are advised that, from 1 January 2015, Australian Accredited Medical Deputising Services will typically be assessed as partially similar. A table summarising the comparability rating that may be assigned to a general practice post has also been added to Section 4.4, ‘Comparability of general practice experience posts’. The RACGP Board of Censors ...
Over the past three weeks, In Practice poll asked its readers about their motivation to seek accreditation against the RACGP’s Standards for general practices (4th edition) (the Standards). The results indicate that nearly half of respondents (49%) choose to become accredited so they can access support via the Practice Incentives Program (PIP). However, 41% of respondents reported that achieving excellence in quality patient care is the main driver for seeking accreditation against the Standards. A small percentage of respondents (8%) indicated ...
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