Funding and Health System Reform

About this committee

The RACGP strongly advocates for GPs and general practice, promoting the importance of patient safety, quality care, coordination of care, whole patient care, better recognition and reward for GPs, and investment into primary healthcare infrastructure, teams, training, and technology.

The role of the RACGP Expert Committee – Funding and Health System Reform (REC-FHSR) is to:

  • provide input into submissions and position papers related to GP system funding and health reform,
  • offer informed advice on health system reform and funding,
  • update existing tools and resources as required,
  • support the provision of safe, sustainable and quality general practice across a range of areas including workforce, remuneration and equity of access for patients, and
  • maintain a close working relationship between GPs, GP organisations and the Commonwealth Governments, as directed

Strategic directions

The RACGP has seven main strategic objectives. These are leadership of the profession, clinical principles for the profession, general practice lifelong learning, building modern practice through technology, member engagement and academic leadership.

The following core values underpin the work of the REC-FHSR:

  • An adequately supplied general practice workforce
  • Adequate remuneration and professional support for GPs
  • High patient access to general practice, especially for those who may be disadvantaged
  • A close working relationship between GPs, GP organisations and the federal Government

Current members of the REC-FHSR (as of Oct 2018)

REC – Funding and Health System Reform


Dr Michael Wright – Chair

Dr Rachael Sutherland

Dr Colin Metz

Dr Rashmi Sharma

Dr Emil Djakic

Dr Edwin Kruys

Dr George Somers

Dr David Carruthers

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal

Mr Brett McPherson – Practice Manager

Dr Maria Boulton



RACGP Expert Committee – Funding and Health System Reform

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, VIC 3002

 (03) 8699 0944

Related documents

Application form REC-FHSR (PDF 532 KB)