We ensured GPs were at the heart of the COVID-19 response and vaccination rollout

RACGP Membership > RACGP Membership 2022-23 > We ensured GPs were at the heart of the COVID-19 response and vaccination rollout
  • The RACGP knows may practices taking part in the vaccine rollout struggled to absorb the costs, and we fought hard to secure additional MBS funding, including: 
    • more funding for you to administer COVID-19 vaccines beyond the designated MBS items for vaccine-suitability assessments and the $10 Practice Incentive Payment for accredited practices 
    • a new MBS flag-fall item from June 2021 to support GPs administering COVID-19 vaccines to people at home or in a disability or residential aged care facility 
    • MBS item for vaccine counselling introduced in June 2021. 
    • a temporary MBS payment for administering COVID-19 booster doses ($10/dose), which were announced in December 2021 
    • new MBS remote-supervision vaccine-suitability assessment items, which were introduced in January 2022 
    • $1.6 billion in the federal budget to ensure equitable access to rapid antigen tests after released a position statement. 
  • We’ll continue to fight for more funding to help practices run after-hours and weekend vaccination clinics. 
  • We’re pushing for a national campaign to improve booster uptake – a crucial part of the ongoing COVID-19 response.  

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.  

Become a member

Need help to become a member?

Speak to one of our membership experts today
If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please call us for support

18004RACGP | 1800 472 247

International +61 (03) 8699 0300