The RACGP Queensland faculty developed new ideas and built on some not-so-new ideas over the last year.
Through a very generous bequest from the estate of the late Dr Graeme Bruce Roberts, RACGP Queensland will be developing and delivering a number of new education initiatives in Dr Roberts’ name for our membership across regional, rural and remote Queensland.
The faculty roadshow hit the road early this year and has taken the Chair and State Manager to North Queensland to host a faculty Board teleconference, meet with key stakeholders and catch up with many RACGP members. The roadshow proved particularly successful in terms of new initiatives and in building relationships. Roadshows to visit other regions of the Sunshine State are planned.
A new focus over the past year has been prevocational doctor engagement. The faculty recognises that the prevocational hospital years are an important time for young doctors deciding their career direction. The faculty has successfully presented at 12 information and careers sessions across Queensland, making the case for general practice as a first-choice specialty.
RACGP Queensland has significantly grown its advocacy activities over the past year. The faculty met with a number of politicians and made numerous submissions on a broad range of issues, including medicinal use of cannabis, pharmacy prescribing and the proposed extension of pharmacy practice.
The Queensland New Fellows Committee continues to go from strength to strength, with a number of new Fellow–focused initiatives delivered, including the second annual ‘Hot Topics’ event. Another Queensland success story was the celebration of the 60th Clinical Update weekend in May. The weekend provided a great mix of educational and collegiate activities. The faculty Board is currently looking at how the next 60 Clinical Updates will look to meet the ever-changing needs of our membership.