RACGP conference opens with call for governance change

The conference started with a robust convocation session, with calls to change the college’s internal governance processes, develop its own environmental strategy and create a compulsory CPD unit for Indigenous health.

The most hotly debated convocation item was for a review of college governance, with high-profile Sydney GP Dr Di O’Halloran calling for a college working group to examine ways to improve board and voting processes.

The college’s immediate past president Professor Claire Jackson opposed that approach, saying an external audit would be more effective.

Dr O’Halloran’s motion was passed. 

A motion calling for compulsory Indigenous health education also succeeded, as did a motion calling for the college to develop its own environmental policy.

However, convocation motions are non-binding. 

Meanwhile, RACGP president Dr Liz Marles launched the college’s first