RACGP October Updates

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Ala Pietranik

RACGP 2023 Mentoring Program applications are open!

With the community turning to their GP now more than ever, now is an important time for GPs to know they have someone they can turn to for support. 

The program provides early career GPs with an experienced GP mentor to provide professional and personal guidance on how to manage the challenges that may arise in general practice. 

We’re seeking experienced GPs who are passionate about their profession and are interested in supporting GPs in the early stages of their career, as well as early career GPs who would benefit from the support of a GP mentor.

Applications to join the program are now open until 31 October 2022.

Apply now

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Drive change. Shape the future: RACGP Future Leaders Program 2023 applications close 9 October 2022.

Now is your chance to join our 2023 Future Leaders Program, designed to help RACGP Fellows grow their confidence as GP leaders and drivers of change in the community.

The program prepares both current and future generations of GP leaders by critically evaluating and implementing evidence-based methodologies in leadership, connecting an ever-broadening network of GP leaders, and allowing new and relevant ideas to come to the fore and be put into action. 

Many Future Leaders alumni progress into key RACGP roles, work on local, national, and global projects, and propose recommendations for the future of general practice – from peer group mentoring to healthcare reform recommendations. 

Applications for this six-month course close on 9 October 2022 and are open to RACGP Fellows with leadership experience. This opportunity is not to be missed. Places are strictly limited. Visit www.racgp.org.au/futureleaders and apply today.

Have questions? Contact leadershipdevelopment@racgp.org.au or request a recording of the Future Leaders information webinar available on-demand.

Applications close 5PM AEDT, 14 October 2022

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Health of the Nation 2022 report out now

The RACGP’s General Practice: Health of the Nation report provides annual insights and draws on specifically commissioned research spanning six years to highlight point-in-time and longer-term trends in Australian general practice.

This year’s report focuses on the sustainability of general practice, highlighting concerning issues that have arisen after years of chronic underfunding, including:

  • burnout among the profession
  • unsustainable workload and mounting administrative and regulatory burden impacting on the provision of patient care
  • a declining interest in the profession as a preferred career path and a declining willingness from current GPs to recommend the profession as a career.
  • worsening workforce issues with increasing numbers of GPs intending to retire or cease practicing over the next 10 years
  • underfunding of general practice and the unsustainability of general practice as a business.

In response to the findings of the report, the RACGP has called a General Practice Crisis Summit in Canberra on 5 October to tackle the most pressing issues affecting patient care.

Read the report

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CPD is changing for doctors across Australia

The Medical Board of Australia is changing what CPD looks like for not only GPs, but doctors of every specialty, and the RACGP is here to help you navigate those changes as your CPD home.

We’ve developed a number of online tools to help you understand the changes and seamlessly integrate CPD into your working life. We recognise and understand the work GPs do in their everyday practice and we’ll make it easy to record your incidental education to contribute to your required hours.

Head to our website for an on-demand webinar that explains the changes, read through our FAQs, and search our CPD activity mapping matrix to see how your current work activities already fit into the new activity types – you’ll be surprised how much you’re already doing.

Find out more

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GP22 tackles the future of general practice

GP22 has it all – rich clinical content, sensational plenary speakers, opportunities for professional development and access to a vibrant general practice community.

Join us in Melbourne from 25-27 November for this year’s conference as we tackle some of the biggest issues facing general practice in Australia. Headlining our program is Prof Jens Sondergaard from the University of Southern Denmark who will be discussing the Danish primary healthcare model, how it is funded and why it works. Find out what we can do to make general practice sustainable in our own backyard.

Registrations for GP22 are now open.

Find out more

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