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:

  • support the implementation of the Vision for general practice and a sustainable healthcare system
  • provide input into submissions and position papers related to GP system funding and health reform,
  • offer informed advice on health system reform and funding, workforce and compliance
  • develop and update existing tools and resources that support advocacy and business sustainability,
  • maintain a close working relationship between GPs, GP organisations and the Commonwealth Governments, as directed

Strategic directions

The RACGP has four strategic priorities. These are:

  • Deliver exceptional membership experiences and value
  • Advocate for quality, well-funded general practice to remain at the heart of effective Australian healthcare
  • Develop and implement a nation‑leading education framework for general practice
  • Strive for excellence in delivering world‑class services by reinforcing a strong, lean and effective RACGP that will always work for Australia’s GPs

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

  • Adequate remuneration and professional support for GPs
  • An adequately supplied general practice workforce
  • 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


Dr Michael Wright – Chair

Dr Colin Metz

Dr Emil Djakic

Dr Cathryn Hester

Dr Michael Bonning

Dr David Carruthers

Mr Brett McPherson – Practice Manager

Dr Rachael Sutherland

Dr Rashmi Sharma

Dr Andrew Southcott

Dr Edwin Kruys



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)