Throughout the past year, the RACGP awarded 1428 GPs their Fellowships. I offer my deepest congratulations from Council and the Board of Assessment to these new and recent Fellows. I am certain they will all enrich our profession and ensure Australian patients continue to receive the highest quality healthcare whenever, and wherever, they visit their GP.
Einstein said ‘the only reason for the existence of time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once’. Clearly Einstein had never worked in general practice, and was never a Censor-in-Chief.
The previous 12 months have been momentous for the RACGP. Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced at GP17 that the RACGP would resume responsibility for delivery of general practice training. This announcement reflects the professionalism of the RACGP – an organisation that has proven itself and is trusted to lead training of Australian GPs.
I look forward to watching the RACGP transition to the planning, promotion and delivery of the training program over the coming years. I am sure we will see more doctors with the appropriate medical knowledge and skills undertaking general practice training.
The federal government also announced its commitment to the RACGP Practice Experience Program (PEP). The RACGP will partner with existing Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) in this new initiative and take responsibility for delivery of the program. The PEP program will improve the skills of the general practice workforce by supporting non–vocationally registered doctors with experience in general practice before they attempt the Fellowship exams. The ultimate aim of the program is to ensure the most skilled and appropriate doctors enter the general practice profession so that Australian patients receive the highest quality healthcare every time they visit a specialist GP.
The delivery of medical exams is complex and difficult, with miniscule room for error. I am proud of the RACGP’s long-standing experience in successfully delivering its examinations and assessments and guaranteeing our candidates have a smooth and equal experience. I believe we truly lead the way in the organisation and delivery of medical examinations and assessments.
It has been my honour to hold the position of RACGP Censor-in-Chief for the past four years. As my term comes to an end, I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to the dedicated members of the Board of Censors, Board of Assessment and the RACGP education and assessment staff. I have been privileged and humbled to see thousands of exceptional, dedicated doctors become specialist general practitioners. Thank you.