In practice: the benefits of renewing RACGP membership


The college offers a number of benefits if members renew before the end of the fiscal year.

The college is offering a range of membership benefits for all renewals by June 30, including discounted registration for GP22.

Information on how GPs can provide feedback on an independent review of collaborative arrangements for nurse practitioners is also included in this week’s In Practice summary, as are details of a number of upcoming educational webinars. .

Membership Renewal Benefits
If 2022-2023 RACGP membership is renewed by June 30, members will receive a $100 registration discount to attend GP22 in Melbourne, November 25-27.

This conference program of the year will include workshops accredited for 40 CPD points and basic life support workshops to meet the requirements for the 2020-2022 triennium.

By renewing before June 30, members can also access three special offers via RACGP Plus:


  1. Home loans that recognize the value of healthcare professionals
  2. A 10% lifetime discount on life cover, plus the first month free
  3. Access to tailored, cost-effective safety and wellness, workers’ compensation, injury management and employee benefits solutions

General practitioners are encouraged to renew their membership now and be part of Australia’s largest professional network of GPs.

Any questions or to discuss payment options can be directed to [email protected] or 1800 472 247.

Independent Review of Collaborative Arrangements

The Ministry of Health has mandated IPS Management Consultants conduct an independent review of Collaborative agreements with nurse practitioners.

The IPS seeks to find out what is working well, what could be improved and what collaboration agreements should look like in the future. They solicit comments via a online surveywhich closes on Sunday, June 26.

RACGP members can find out more about the college position on primary care nurse practitioners.

Psychological assessment: assessing a patient’s work capacity

To help GPs manage recovery pathways and set expectations for their patients, Comcare has published a one page resource provide step-by-step assistance in assessing a patient’s work capacity, with an emphasis on psychological considerations.

Comcare also hosted a recent webinar on assess functional ability to work for psychological injuries, presented by a panel of experts made up of a practicing general practitioner, a psychologist and a psychiatrist. The panel discusses “good work”, as well as its benefits, and provides advice on changes to make to support continued participation in work.

Audit and feedback to improve the use of antibiotics in long-term care

Webinar: Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (AEST)
Register online.

The Audit and Feedback MetaLab is hosting a webinar to present the results of a provincial peer-comparison audit and feedback program to antibiotic prescribers in long-term care facilities.

Two randomized controlled trials comparing incremental improvements to auditing and feedback will be presented by Dr. Nick Daneman and chaired by Associate Professor Denise O’Connor.

A recording of the webinar will also be available after the live session. Register online for a recording to be emailed. For more information, contact Julie Briggs.

Domestic and Family Violence Training Update

The Safer Families Center at the University of Melbourne leads Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Programa national domestic and family violence (DFV) training program for primary care providers.

Evidence shows that primary care providers have a crucial role to play in addressing VOD. At least one in 10 women who attend a GP practice will have experienced DFV, and it is estimated that a full-time GP sees up to five unidentified abused women a week. General practitioners are the highest occupational group disclosed by current survivors, even more so than the police.

The Pathways to Safety program will help streamline pathways and reinforce a team approach to recognition and referral. This includes for Victoria, training that incorporates the principles of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework and information sharing.

Training is also now available in the Murray Primary Health Network catchment.

Program participants receive accredited hands-on training, tools, and practice-wide support to effectively identify, respond, and refer individuals and families experiencing VFD.

To learn more and apply for the program, contact Kitty Novy or visit Safer Families website.

Other learning options through The preparation program include a suite of hour-long e-learning modules, workshops on a range of topics and a series of webinars hosted by the RACGP.

Responding to LGBTIQA+ Family Abuse and Violence in General Practice

Webinar: Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (AEST)
Eligible for 3 RACGP CPD activity points
Register online.

Moderated by Associate Professor Ruth McNair, academic and general practitioner with a particular interest in LGBTIQA+ health care, and Marina Carman, director of Rainbow Health Victoria.

Presented as an interactive educational activity, the session will provide GPs with the skills to support LGBTIQA+ people experiencing domestic violence.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the prevalence and specific drivers of family violence for LGBTIQA+ people
  • Describe the drivers of family violence among subgroups of LGBTIQA+ people
  • Understanding suicide risk in relation to family violence
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers to identifying domestic violence among LGBTIQA+ people
  • Using the Socio-Ecological Framework to Develop LGBTIQA+ Domestic Violence Management Approaches in Primary Care

Preventing Elder Abuse

Webinar: Thursday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (AEST)
Eligible for 3 RACGP CPD activity points
Register online.

Presented by Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh, GP and Chair of RACGP Special Interests on Abuse and Violence, and Professor Dimity Pond from Newcastle University.

This webinar will discuss how general practice can contribute to the prevention and intervention of elder abuse and contribute to a safer society for all.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the prevalence of elder abuse in society
  • Discuss and become more aware of how to ask and intervene with patients to improve safety
  • Discuss available resources and SEO options

GP22 registrations are now open

The RACGP is delighted to provide GP22 in Melbourne from November 25-27.

Held as an in-person event for the first time in two years, GP22 will give GPs access to training and networking opportunities they may have missed during the pandemic.

Program highlights include:

  • dermatological presentations
  • cardiovascular health
  • pain management
  • women’s health
  • endocrine and metabolic health
  • Mental Health.

This year’s program will also include accredited workshops for 40 CPD points and basic life support workshops for GPs to meet the requirements for the 2020-22 triennium.
Register onlinee.

Rural Procedural Grants Program: Online Education Applications Extended Through December 31

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) helps cover the cost of professional development for general practitioners who provide procedural and/or emergency medicine services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas.

The RPGP offers GPs the opportunity to access financial assistance to maintain or update their skills, so that they can continue to provide vital services to their community.

GPs enrolled in RPGP can continue to apply for education grants online until 31 December 2022. The date has been extended by the Department of Health in conjunction with GP colleges to make professional development more accessible to rural and remote GPs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To attend a claimable activity, GPs must be enrolled in the program prior to attending.

Visit the RACGP website for more information or to register.

Australian Patient Association Award 2022

The appointments are Open until June 30 for ‘Most Outstanding General Practitioner’ in the 2022 APA Awards. More information is available on the APA website.

RACGP Plus – July offer

RACGP Plus members can receive a quote from MBA car assistance to help with the purchase of a new motor vehicle before the end of the fiscal year. More information is available at RACGP Plus.

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