- Category: NRGPN News
- Published on Sunday, 30 December 2012 10:33
- Written by Andrew Binns
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Is the NRGPN sustainable following the formation of the NCML and loss of core funding? The obvious answer to this question is 'yes' if we decide to sustain it and 'no' if we don't. And we do have a choice in this matter as there were some funds left with the NRGPN after the transfer of projects across to the North Coast Medicare Local (NCML) in April 2012.
Following the recent NRGPN AGM there was a clear view expressed by members to maintain a commitment to the current aims and objectives of the organisation. David Guest as Chair is keen to lead the way for establishing and maintaining ongoing NRGPN communication systems.
The NCML footprint spans Tweed Heads to Pt Macquarie and the ML agendas cover a much broader portfolio of activities than the preceding GP networks. If we believe that the ongoing role for the NRGPN should be to support the full range of GP activities then we need a voice and platform to put forward our views. The NRGPN website (www.nrgpn.org.au) and GPSpeak magazine will provide a communication network that members can contribute to and interact with.
We are keen to make this a site for all aspects of primary care and general practice in our region, including a section for practice nurses, medical receptionists, allied health professionals and medical specialists. We are particularly keen to inform our readers about services that are available in our region both existing (and that we maybe not be aware of) as well as new services and credentials of practising clinicians of all disciplines.
There will no doubt be a close working relationship with the NCML particularly with some activities such as afterhours services and eHealth.
GPSpeak has been a publication of the NRGPN for 20 years and is very experienced in engaging with not just GPs but the wider health provider community in our region. We will be seeking advertising at attractive rates both as a service to our members and other readers as well as to help provide a much needed revenue stream.
All members and their staff are urged to put fingers to keyboard and express their opinions and ideas. Any topic relating to our clinical practice, medical politics or any new ideas in health service delivery would be most welcome.
Clinical Editor, GPSpeak