Welcome to GP18 and the fabulous Gold Coast. Please enjoy your time here. I would like to prescribe a visit to the beach or the rainforest hinterland – both are a great GP mental health measure.
The GP18 conference theme is ‘General practice – The centre of health in Australia’. This is the truth, but cannot to be taken for granted. The Australian health system reliably performs in the top three position in the world for health measure, largely due to the central position of general practice within our healthcare system.
Some are seeking to carve out segments and fragment patient care by removing the key role of GPs, both at the top and lower ends of our scope of practice. Quality of practice and collegiate support will be the key defences against the forces seeking to undermine general practice.
So, here you are ensuring the future of general practice though learning and mutual support. Most importantly, have fun and great times with your fabulous colleagues.
Dr Bruce Willett
Chair, RACGP Queensland