Ensuring the voice of the profession is heard

THE RACGP takes very seriously our opportunities to advocate on behalf of general practice. We have a responsibility to make sure the collective voice of GPs across the country is being heard as widely as possible.

One issue of significant recent focus has involved the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) legislation which makes it harder for retired GPs to retain limited rights to prescribe and refer as they scale down their clinical practice. 

To keep such rights under the new national registration scheme, GPs retiring from clinical general practice are required to pay a significant annual registration fee and complete and fully fund CPD activities. 

Our senior members have identified this as unworkable for them. 

Without their recognised wisdom, experience and input into teaching and mentoring the next generation of GPs, our future is most significantly diminished. Our college is determined to support