New RACGP president announced

Dr Karen Price said she plans to reassert the role of general practice and adopt a ‘GPs first’ approach, while Chris Freeman says a collaborative approach is needed ‘now more than ever’

Victorian GP Dr Karen Price has been named president-elect of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

She will officially take on the role of RACGP President at the close of the college’s Annual General Meeting on 30 November, at which time she will succeed Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda, who assumed the role of Acting President following the passing of Dr Harry Nespolon in July.

Dr Price is a practice owner, RACGP Victoria deputy chair, Chair of Women in General Practice and founder of GPs Down Under.

Of the 30,261 eligible voters, more than 4000 voted in the RACGP’s 2020 election. Dr Price secured almost 60% of the vote following preference distribution.

“Heading into 2021, I plan to reassert the role of general practice and adopt a ‘GPs first’ approach when meeting with the nation’s health leaders,” she told newsGP.

“I also believe we need to collaborate with other doctor groups to provide a united force in our dealings with Government.

“We are living in uncertain times, but there is reason for hope,” she said. “The bushfires and the pandemic have demonstrated once again how vital primary care is when health crises strike, and as President I will seize all opportunities for meaningful advocacy.”

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia congratulated Dr Price on the role.

“A collaborative approach between pharmacists and GPs is needed now more than ever to focus on patient outcomes and impacts rather than attempts to undermine one another,” said national president Associate Professor Chris Freeman.

“Dr Price has indicated a collaborative approach with other healthcare groups is important to provide a united force in dealing with government and I could not agree more with this statement.

“Pharmacists remain ready and willing to work with GPs to improve patient outcomes and although we will not always agree, it is important to work together wherever possible.

“I congratulate Dr Price on her appointment and look forward to a positive and productive relationship going forward.”

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