Over the past 12 months, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has continued to be the leading voice for the general practice profession, informing the Australian population and its leaders of the critical role that general practitioners (GPs) play within the community and the overall health of the nation.
RACGP membership numbers for 2017–18 have for the first time exceeded 39,000, and with that the RACGP is more visible than ever. From our members working in every community in every part of Australia, to TV, billboards and buses travelling the streets of our major cities, our communities now know the RACGP and what we, and our members, do.
The RACGP’s Expert Committees and state and national faculties across the country are vital as the frontline for membership engagement, and I thank them for another year of dedication to the organisation and our members. These groups are fundamental to allowing the RACGP to continue providing members with incomparable professional experiences, such as active learning modules (ALMs), exam workshops, major conferences, networking events, standards and guidelines, advocacy through statements and positions papers, and much more.
I would like to thank our President, Dr Bastian Seidel, for his leadership throughout the past year. Dr Seidel has been a remarkable role model for Australian GPs and an important voice for our profession. He has led our advocacy efforts selflessly and passionately, and increased the RACGP’s presence with the media, Australian patients and policy makers and political leaders at the highest levels of government.
The past year has seen many pressing matters and challenges for the profession, and Dr Seidel has ensured the voice of RACGP members is always represented.
My fellow councillors work extraordinarily hard each year, continually striving to support the President in advocating for our members, and I thank them all sincerely for their efforts.
I must also extend my gratitude to our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Zena Burgess, who has led another successful year for the RACGP. Dr Burgess and her team continue to drive innovation within the RACGP, which will provide members with better experiences and services over coming years.
GPs continue to drive health and vital change throughout Australia. Looking back over the past year, the RACGP and its members have achieved so much, and I look forward to seeing what is in store for the coming year.