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August 2014 cover

Associate Professor Frank R Jones is the RACGP President-elect. A long-time GP in Western Australia, Jones is committed to raising the profile of GPs within the Australian healthcare system and said the Federal Government’s proposed $7 co-payment for general practice will be an immediate priority. NSW’s Dr Nina Robertson has been named the RACGP’s Registrar Representative-elect and SA’s Dr Mark Miller is the Censor in Chief-elect.

Diabetes educators have much to offer in working alongside GPs to improve patient outcomes. A general practice in NSW has employed one such educator and developed a unique and successful model of care for patients with diabetes.

The latest edition of the RACGP’s Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (the White book) is designed to provide GP with some of the tools necessary to identify and offer support patients who have experienced abuse and violence.

Working as a rural general practice locum around Australia can lead to all sorts of places and presentations, and Dr Penny Wilson has loved the surprises and adventure offered by this life on the road.

The staff members at Queensland’s Alexandra Park Medical Centre understand that making an appointment in advance will not always suit all patients, so they have developed a number of clinics and other time-management solutions that have helped achieve better outcomes for patients.