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The RACGP thanks the general practice community for its ongoing passion, support and dedication to the health of Australians. Our thanks must also go to the RACGP Fellows who responded to the Health of the Nation survey.

Many GPs have provided input, ideas and feedback during the development of General Practice: Health of the Nation 2021. We thank members of the RACGP Expert Committee – Funding and Health System Reform (REC–FHSR) for their contribution:

  • Dr Michael Wright (REC–FHSR Chair)
  • Dr Maria Boulton
  • Dr David Carruthers
  • Dr Emil Djakic
  • Dr Mukesh Haikerwal
  • Dr Edwin Kruys
  • Mr Brett McPherson, Practice Manager
  • Dr Colin Metz
  • Dr Rashmi Sharma
  • Dr George Somers
  • Dr Rachael Sutherland

The RACGP also thanks staff members involved in writing and preparing this report:

  • Ms Jemma Peattie, Senior Policy Officer, Funding and Health System Reform
  • Mr Roald Versteeg, General Manager, Government Relations, Policy and Practice
  • Ms Leonie Scott, National Manager, Policy and Advocacy
  • Dr Tim Senior, Medical Advisor, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Dr Rebecca Stewart, Clinical Lead, Training Programs
  • Ms Manuja Jayakody, Senior Data and Reporting Analyst, Fellowship Pathways

We would also like to thank the Strategic Marketing and Communications and IT departments.

RACGP: Healthy Profession. Healthy Australia.

The RACGP is the voice of GPs in our growing cities and throughout rural and remote Australia. For more than 60 years, we have supported the backbone of Australia’s health system by setting the standards for education and practice and advocating for better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

We cultivate a stronger profession by helping the GPs of today and tomorrow continue their professional development throughout their careers, from medical students and GPs in training to experienced GPs. We develop resources and guidelines to support GPs in providing their patients with world-class healthcare, and help with the unique issues that affect their practices. We are a point of connection for GPs serving communities in every corner of the country.

Australia’s GPs see more than two million patients each week, and support Australians through every stage of life. The scope of general practice is unmatched among medical professionals, so the RACGP supports members to be involved in all areas of care, including aged care, mental health, preventive care and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Patient-centred care is at the heart of every Australian general practice, and at the heart of everything we do.