- Category: NRGPN News
- Published on Friday, 09 November 2012 16:14
- Written by David Guest
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Following its Annual General Meeting in Adelaide yesterday, Dr Nick Demediuk is the only new member of the AGPN. Drs Rod Pearce, Karen Stringer and Tony Lembke are also staying on while the AGPN charts its future course.
In its new defunded state, Dr Demediuk believes the organisation should focus on its core activities of representing the nation's general practitioners and co-ordinating its members activities. He hopes to introduce membership fees In conjunction with defining a new vision for the organisation. It is expected that this will result in a further shake out of the membership particularly amongst the government funded Medicare Locals.
Whether the AGPN continues to be seen as a major player in the general practice sphere remains to be seen and will depend on the success of its member organisations as much as on its own performance. The reactions of the four major players (AMA, RACGP, RDA and NCML) in general practice politics to the new format AGPN is yet to be known.
Many of the continuing Divisions of General Practice face the same problems as their parent organisation and it seems likely a number of them will adopt a similar structure to that which the AGPN is proposing.