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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 25 May 2021


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engageGP member forum – advocacy

On-demand recorded 25 May 2021

Join us at our first engageGP member forum on Tuesday 25 May and hear from President Dr Karen Price, CEO Dr Matthew Miles, and a panel of key RACGP leadership staff about our advocacy initiatives and priorities.

This event will be facilitated by Dr Sally Cockburn and feature a Q&A style session, where you’ll be able to share your thoughts and experiences and ask questions of the panel.

This event is part of engageGP member forum. Events in this series are:


Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn is a practicing GP and health educator. She graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1982 and recently completed her Masters of Health And Medical Law from Uni Melbourne. Sally has also been a high-profile media presenter (Dr Feelgood) for over 30 years on radio, tv and in print. She has a strong commitment to Medical Education and has held various teaching positions. She is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a strong commitment to better health outcomes and social justice and behind the scenes has been involved in health policy and legislation reform. She has sat on some high profile not for profit boards Sally has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a radio industry award for best documentary , the Monash University Alumni Service Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. She is a sought after public speaker, MC and panel facilitator.


Dr Karen Price
President, RACGP

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).

Jay Moran
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.

Roald Versteeg
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.


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