We advocated for enhanced support for residents in aged care facilities

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  • GPs are an essential part of the medical workforce caring for people aged over 65. The work of GPs is vital to keeping people well and in their homes, providing health risk assessments, primary and secondary disease prevention, population health programs like cancer screening and immunisation, and tracking and managing chronic disease. 
  • The RACGP has consistently advocated for increased investment in general practice to provide quality care for older people. We acknowledge that this is a crucial gap in current funding arrangements and that GPs experience many barriers to providing care to older people.  
  • Our advocacy efforts have included many comprehensive and member-guided submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. We also released a position statement on sustainable GP-led care for older people in October 2021, which outlines the need for greater support for GPS to provide services to older people. 
  • The pressure we’ve applied had results: in the 2021–22 budget, the Federal Government announced $42 million in funding to double the GP Aged Care Access Incentive from 1 July 2021. We welcomed the funding as a positive step while acknowledging that more work is needed to support GP-led care in this space.  

Much more achieved for GPs in 2021

In addition, there are many other advocacy wins we secured on behalf of our members last year including significant and ongoing contributions to the Primary Healthcare 10 Year Plan, calling out government for their lack of investment in the 10 Year Plan once released and blocking the proposed model of Voluntary Patient Enrolment that was put forward without sufficient funding for general practice. We responded firmly to the most recent Federal budget, producing resources for members and highlighting the importance of general practice funding in the media. All of this was based on the insights and views that you shared with us throughout 2021. 

The RACGP has continued to fight to represent GPs across a range of platforms, including throughout the Senate Inquiry into the provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians. We have called for increased Medicare rebates and measures to reinforce the general practice workforce, and this strong advocacy was reflected in the positive recommendations in the Interim Report from this Senate Inquiry. 

The RACGP Board, Faculty Councils and Expert Committees have worked tirelessly to represent your views and actively engage in ongoing health reform activities across Australia. In 2021, the RACGP produced over 160 submissions to government and key stakeholders.  

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