Dr Karen Price
As a former practice owner, RACGP Victoria Co-Deputy Chair, Chair of Women in General Practice and a GP for more than 25 years, Dr Karen Price came to the role of President with plenty of experience under her belt.
Karen’s priorities as RACGP President include transforming the vision of a vital general practice sector. This includes funding for general practice and improving the college’s engagement with members from remote/rural to urban areas. Establishing a lifelong college of innovative learning to support new GPs through their vocational journey is essential RACGP business.
Karen is passionate about GPs thriving through effective communication, good governance, teamwork and patient safety, and providing the profession with the support it needs to carry out the purpose of our work – high-quality holistic and longitudinal patient care. She continues to promote leadership, advocacy, peer support and evidence-based medicine in her research and her clinical general practice. She is also finishing her PhD at Monash University on the role of peer connection in Australian general practice.
Every day of Karen’s Presidency will be dedicated to getting GPs the resources they need to do the job they were trained to do while meeting the high standards the RACGP has always set. It’s our college, so ‘members first’ is a priority.
Dr Matthew Miles
Matthew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the RACGP in July 2020 after an extensive national search.
A veterinarian by training, Matthew joined the RACGP after achieving great success working across the university, membership and not-for-profit sectors. He brings extensive leadership, executive management, media, finance, marketing, operations, sponsorship and fundraising experience to the RACGP CEO role.
With a deep understanding of and respect for the role GPs play in supporting community health, Matthew brings his wide-ranging business leadership, government relations, change management and business development skills to lead and strengthen the RACGP.
Matthew has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science undergraduate degree from the University of Queensland and spent over 10 years as a veterinary clinician in Australia, the UK and Singapore.
He is a former member of the Royal College Veterinary Surgeons in London and a Chartered Member of the Australian Veterinary Association.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, for which he received a coveted distinction average.
Dr Michael Wright
Chair, RACGP Expert Committee, Funding and Health System Reform
Dr Michael Wright is a GP and health economics researcher.
Dr Wright is Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee, Funding and Health System Reform and Deputy Chair Person of the NSW and ACT Faculty Council.
Currently working part-time in general practice in Woollahra, Sydney, Dr Wright has previously been employed in the UK National Health Service, been a practice owner, a salaried GP and GP contractor. Michael’s research interests include investigating the value of continuity of care in Australian general practice (the subject of his PhD), and funding reforms to the Australian health system.
As well as being a busy GP and RACGP Fellow, Dr Wright holds many other roles in the health system including a research position at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology, Sydney and Chair of the Chair of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN).
Government Engagement and Stakeholder Advisor, RACGP
Jay is responsible for the development and implementation of RACGP’s political engagement strategy, and managing relationships with federal representatives and advisors. Prior to joining RACGP, they have worked across government relations, political campaigning, policy and advocacy. Jay has extensive experience campaigning for national peak bodies in areas such as health, social services and international development.
General Manager – Government Relations, Policy and Practice, RACGP
Roald Versteeg was appointed General Manager – Government Relations, Policy and Practice in May 2018.
Roald commenced employment at the RACGP in 2005 and has worked in a range of areas across the College, including experience in education, vocational training, policy, standards for general practices, GP funding, Medicare, and health reform. Throughout his career, Roald has been a staunch advocate for general practice. Roald has also led work in creating flexible standards for general practice accreditation and was instrumental in developing the RACGP’s Vision for general practice and a sustainable health system.
Roald holds a Bachelor of Business Management and commenced a Master’s of Health Economics in 2019.