President’s end of year reflections


End of year reflections from GPRA President Melanie Smith

As an incredibly busy 2017 draws to a close, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on a year of challenge, change and new directions for GPRA!

Following on from the appointment of a new CEO, our national strategy summit in April, was a turning point for GPRA and a catalyst to refocus and reposition the organisation. Through this we are prioritising actions to ensure we can be more effective in meeting the needs of our members and in advocating for future general practitioners.

Some key achievements include:

  • Our new-look website with easier access to information that matters for GP registrars.
  • A new design e-Newsletter, now released fortnightly to keep members up-to-date with news and opportunities in the GP training sector.
  • Connecting with GP registrar members through GPRA involvement in local events.
  • Re-developing relationships with the Federal Government and Department of Health, at a time of significant change with responsibility for GP training transitioning to the medical colleges from 2019.
  • Terms and conditions benchmarking survey providing important evidence for future advocacy and negotiations – thanks to all members who participated.
  • Additional exam preparations resources with the release of our new book, Clinical Cases Vol. 2.
  • A range of new resources including webinars and factsheets to assist new registrars as they commence GP training.
  • Ongoing support and advice, by phone and email, to GP registrars with issues and concerns.

All this and much more is provided to GP registrars, despite limited resources, by a small but dedicated staff team.

Continuing to offer free membership and services to all GP registrars, despite reduced government funding, is challenging for our organisation but we are determined to provide, as we always have, support and assistance to any and all GP registrars seeking our help, regardless of their GP training program, RTO or medical college affiliation

GPRA continues to be the only organisation for GP registrars that is run by GP registrars, so as I look back upon the past year, I would like to acknowledge all our members and particularly those who have helped us shape your association.

On behalf of the GPRA Board and staff, I would like to wish you an enjoyable festive season and all the very best as you embark on 2018.