The champion of rural, remote general medicine
The college’s successes come down to the passion of fellows, members and supporters; the potency of the argument for expansive medical generalism in rural and remote communities; and the strength and vision of the leadership who were entrusted with the cause.
The birth of the college was a difficult one for the community of general practice in Australia given that it amounted to a breakaway of the then Faculty of Rural Medicine in the RACGP, backed by a national plebiscite of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia.
This drama was the culmination of a debate that had ended with a final refusal to accommodate a rural fellowship credential and training track within the RACGP.
The casual observer might mistake this split among the ranks of general practitioners as yet another example of medical tribalism. The oft-quoted line from John Green, former chief executive of the Royal Society of Medicine comes to mind: