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GP Principles now in the RACGP curriculum and syllabus

19 April 2023

The Collaborative Partnership is excited to announce that the Principles on the role of the GP in supporting work participation have been included in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Curriculum and Syllabus for Australian General Practice 2022.

What are the Principles?

The Principles describe the role of the GP as a patient advocate, care coordinator, treating physician and champion to optimise health outcomes for participants in the workforce.

The Principles are officially recognised as a Supported Position Statement by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners until 2025.

What is the purpose of the Principles?

The Principles guide GPs on how they can empower people to engage in good work, supporting the evidence that work is an important social determinant of health and ‘good work’ can be used as part of a patient’s recovery and wellbeing.

How are the Principles included in the RACGP Curriculum?

The GP Principles have been included in the contextual unit, Occupational and environmental medicine. The unit re-iterates that work is an important social determinant of health and participating in ‘good work’ is health protective, contributes to improved self-esteem and a sense of identity. With GPs being well placed to guide and educate their patients on the health benefits of good work.

The curriculum and syllabus describe the key competency and learning outcomes of GP education.

What does this mean?

The 2022 RACGP curriculum and syllabus for Australian general practice informs the development and delivery of training programs including CPD and guides learners by suggesting learning modalities and educational resources as they work towards Fellowship. It also serves as a guide to assist with remediation and GPs returning to work after absence.

Accessing the Principles

The full report, a one-page snapshot and a summary of the three key roles for GPs in supporting work participation for people with injury, illness or disability are available through the Collaborative Partnership website.

For more information contact email the Collaborative Partnership Secretariat.

Page last reviewed: 19 May 2023

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