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The RACGP has launched an advocacy campaign to highlight RACGP members’ real and serious concerns in regards to the health consequences of the Medicare patient rebate freeze. The national campaign, which includes the ‘You’ve been targeted’ materials, reflects your strong feedback over the past few years calling for an end to the freeze. RACGP members have continually made it clear that this is a critical issue for our patients and the profession. This campaign is not about politics. The RACGP remains autonomous, as a member-based organisation, with...
The first draft of the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards) was released for consultation from 15 February 2016 until 1 April 2016. A small-scale pilot, involving 12 practices and five surveyors, also occurred during this time. There were over 1500 downloads from the RACGP standards development webpage, resulting in feedback from over 80 stakeholders on more than 330 individual items. The RACGP would like to thank those stakeholders who provided feedback as part of the second consultation phase. Your feedback has be...
The Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI) won the National MedicineWise Award for ‘Excellence in e-health resources’ at the ninth National Medicines Symposium in Canberra last week. HANDI was developed by the RACGP as a freely available web-based tool designed to make effective non-drug treatments easy to find and use. Until HANDI, no formulary for non-drug interventions was available to GPs. Since its launch in late 2013, HANDI has published 45 evidence-based non-drug interventions for a broad range of conditions and it continues to grow and ...
Council election 2016 Nominations for the 2016 Council election close on Monday 30 May at 5.00 pm AEST . The current terms for the positions of President, Censor-in-Chief and Registrar Representative conclude at the close of the RACGP annual general meeting (AGM) on 30 September 2016. Nomination forms and eligibility requirements are now available on the RACGP website . For more information, please contact Helen Gaskin, RACGP Executive Assistant, Office of the President and CEO on 03 8699 0321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Faculty electio...
Simple strategies to reduce the pain and distress of childhood vaccination Vaccine injections are the most common cause of iatrogenic pain in childhood and may contribute to vaccine hesitancy across the lifespan. Although there are many simple, evidence-based strategies available to reduce this, most are not routinely used. Interventions to reduce vaccination pain in children include procedural, physical, process and psychological strategies. For example, for children of all ages, when more than one vaccine injection is scheduled for the same visit...
Extension of Medical Benefits Schedule rebate freeze On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016–17 Federal Budget, the Federal Government announced an extension of the freeze on Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) patient rebates until 30 June 2020. Over the past three weeks, the RACGP has surveyed members on whether the extended freeze on MBS rebates will impact their billing policy. A majority of respondents (61%) indicated that they will increase out of pockets and/or privately bill all patients under the extended rebate freeze. One third of those who indi...
RACGP member forum subject poll On Thursday 16 June, the RACGP will host a member forum in Melbourne to discuss and debate key issues affecting general practice now and into the future. We are seeking your input on the issues you’d like to discuss with a panel of experts, focusing on health system policy and practice. Please provide your response to email@example.com . Further details on the member forum will be provided in upcoming In Practice messages.
The policy shift signaled by Labor lifting the Medicare freeze on general practice from 1 January 2017 makes sense at so many levels: the RACGP has repeatedly underlined the risk of the freeze to quality patient care; of potential worse health outcomes for individuals; increased on costs to our extraordinarily expensive hospital system; and the unintended but inevitable consequences to practice viability. Undoubtedly the RACGP ‘You’ve been targeted’ message is being heard. Although encouraged by Labor’s statement of intent, the RACGP focus will b...