Karen Price elected next RACGP president
Melbourne GP and co-founder and administrator of the GPs Down Under online forum Karen Price has been elected as the next president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Price will succeed Ayman Shenouda, who has been acting president since the death of Harry Nespolon in July.
Dr Price is a GP at Nepean Health Care in Melbourne and a PhD candidate at Monash University, with a thesis on the role of peer connection in Australian general practice.
Dr Price listed removing compulsory bulk billing from telehealth and as one of her immediate priorities when taking office on November 30.
“Technology has been a consistent interest of mine, and I was an early adopter in my practice, project managing the roll-out of computerisation in the early 1990s,” she said.
“I understand the challenges of a change management process. With appropriate GP controlled data governance, we have many opportunities.”
Dr Price said she also wants to establish a national council of primary care doctors to provide a united approach, which would also include patient advocates.
She also supports the optional rebranding of specialist GPs to “RACGP-accredited family physicians” and has promised that in her first 100 days, she will engage with members and the college's marketing team on how to develop the RACGP as a patient recognised brand.
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