11 February 2021

Podcast: Will GPs look beyond the colleges?

ACRRM General Practice Medicare podcast RACGP The Tea Room

In a few months, the RACGP and ACRRM will lose one of their biggest drawcards for membership: continuing professional development.

A change in legislation in 2020 cut out the administrative role that the colleges play in certifying to Services Australia that every GP has met their ongoing CPD requirements – allowing them to attract higher Medicare rebates.

From as early as June, GPs might be able to choose another organisation to become their ‘CPD home,’ and abandon their memberships with the RACGP or ACRRM.

For the RACGP – the much larger college – this could lead to a significant reduction in membership numbers.

This episode, Jeremy Knibbs, publisher of TMR, speaks about the future of the RACGP and the splinter groups trying to attract GPs for a stronger advocacy base.

You can also listen and subscribe to the show by searching for “The Tea Room Medical Republic” in your favourite podcast player.

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Amer Nabi
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Amer Nabi
21 days 22 minutes ago

I am so glad that RACGP will loose this role of CPD advocacy. Over the years college was unable to get it’s FRACGP recognised by Canada and UK, on the other hand they are welcoming UK and Canadian fellows and grant them equivalence to FRACGP. This gives us a feeling of being inferior to the UK and Canadian health system. RACGP has done nothing for it fellows in this regards. We are considered VR GPs only in Australia and NZ

Ray Silins
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Ray Silins
21 days 10 hours ago

Ah, there’s one part I’d like 20 minutes more on…”the (federal) government doesn’t care (about GPs)… we (the federal government) don’t feel threatened in any way (by GPs) like we do by sometimes by pharmacists”. When that is freely said about my lifelong profession, I feel totally emasculated. By my College, my Government, and the society of those who are well, but might one day be needing me – the Patients who Aren’t Today. I say that “a nod is as good as wink to a blind horse.” It’s that obvious.

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