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Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, DCH (Lon), GCUT, FAICD

Vice-President; Chair, RACGP NSW&ACT

The last year has been a busy one in the delivery of healthcare in New South Wales and the ACT. Over this time, the RACGP NSW&ACT faculty has had many highlights.

  • Our partnership with NSW Health is proving highly worthwhile for our members, with one in five New South Wales GPs participating in the 31 webinars or face-to-face events. These events, organised by GPs for GPs, update members on key community health messages relating to the care of our patients.
  • The NSW Health and RACGP education program has covered an incredibly wide array of topics relevant to those at the coalface of primary care services, including medicinal cannabis, opioid prescribing (and its alternatives) and chronic disease management.
  • The above educational program partnership has also improved the uptake of NSW Health services by GPs. Since the RACGP and Ministry’s partnership, GP calls to the Child Wellbeing Unit, for example, have increased by 144%.
  • We are also pleased to have launched the NSW&ACT New Fellows Committee, which has been actively developing and coordinating events to assist newly Fellowed members. A very successful event was held at NSW Parliament House showcasing the wide variety of career paths open to GPs, and we are looking forward to seeing regular events held for members.

Finally, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the hundreds of examiners and tutors who assisted throughout the year to deliver an extensive program of online training, face-to-face workshops and examinations. Without your input and assistance it would be impossible to deliver these key RACGP services. I look forward to an exciting and challenging year ahead as we face state and federal elections in 2019, along with the GP training program being handed back to the RACGP and the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine (ACCRM).