The RACGP is Australia’s largest professional practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners (GPs). The RACGP’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia by supporting GPs, general practice registrars and medical students in their pursuit of excellence in patient care and community service. The RACGP is committed to raising GP awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs and their cultural context, and to advocating for culturally appropriate health delivery systems that improve health outcomes.
The RACGP operates across eight offices – in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart. All of these offices operate on unique Aboriginal lands. The RACGP employs approximately 400 full-time and part-time employees, including three staff who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
The majority of our employees work in the National Office in Melbourne, across Corporate Services; Membership; Policy, Practice and Innovation; Education; and Fellowship Pathways divisions. These functions support over 41,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice. The RACGP conducts its activities within the following key areas: collegiality, education and training for general practice, innovation and policy for general practice, and advocacy.
The RACGP has a National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, which was established in February 2010. In 2020, the faculty celebrates 10 years of operation. It is governed by an Aboriginal-led Council and an Education Committee, is supported by a team of seven staff, and currently has over 11,000 members. The faculty provides the RACGP with strategic and operational support to advance the RACGP’s work in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
It aims to achieve this through:
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