GPRA’s NextGen GP Leadership Program is underway!
In a time of significant change, it is critically important that the next generation of Australia’s GPs are empowered and are able to have a strong voice in influencing the future of GP training. The GPRA NextGen GP Leadership Program is here to support and equip future leaders of general practice in Australia.
40 GPRA members were recently selected to participate in our inaugural leadership program. The program—designed as a series of online events—aims is to support participants in developing their leadership skills through learning how to influence change, inspire others, and empower themselves to be able to make a real difference.
Our first event, on the evening of Tuesday 27 July, explored the theme of “What does it take to be a leader?”. We were privileged to have Prof Michael Kidd (Acting Chief Medical Officer with the Australian Government Department of Health) and Dr Emily Kirkpatrick (Deputy Chief Medical Officer and a Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for SA Health) as the key speakers for this inaugural event.
Prof Kidd and Dr Kirkpatrick talked about their leadership journeys, the characteristics of good leadership, how they manage the challenges and difficulties they face in leadership, the importance of mentors and support from others, dealing with imposer syndrome and self-care. Their reflections and words of advice provided some great insights and real pearls for participants.
We were also delighted to have Dr Nish Manek and Prof Nick Harding from the UK NextGen GP leadership program join our discussion. They shared their thoughts on the importance of developing and promoting leadership in general practice, and were excited to see the NextGen program happening “Down Under”.
Look out for more information on the NextGen GP Leadership program and other leadership development opportunities on the GPRA website and future eNewsletters.