It is that time of year again to join or renew your membership for GPpartners. After this year it is going to be much easier to register as we have updated our website. GPpartners needs your support so we can represent you and advocate for GPs and General Practice. Every day there is more news about the erosion of General Practice, Telstra Health doing Medicine on Line as presented at the recent Metro North Medicare Local Forum, Pharmacists doing preventive medicine and immunisation, Private Health Insurers influencing the chronic disease management of GP’s patients the list goes on.
Although these may be opportunities to strengthen General Practice at the moment they seem to be going ahead with no GP input. GPs are often so busy at the Coal Face they do not have time to be aware of the changing situation. As a director on Australian General Practice Network I now have better access to what is happening politically. AGPN is a member of United General Practice Australia whose other members include RACGP, AMA, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, GP registrars Association, Rural Doctors Association and GPSA . These groups as a combined voice are influential in the decision making of the government.
As well as being Members of GPpartners we want your input about concerns or even better solutions. Join us on facebook for informal discussion and updates. We are waiting for the first 100 GPs to register so we can draw the $100 Restaurant voucher prize.