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RACGP - The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation representing more than 40,000 urban and rural general practitioner members.

RACGP support their members at all stages of their general practice journey – from medical student to doctor in training, to Fellowship and continuing professional development throughout their career, and in all the varied geographic and social contexts in which GPs work.

With more than two million Australians visiting a GP each week, the breadth of practice for a GP is unequalled among medical professionals. This is why the RACGP is a vocal advocate on many issues relating to the health of Australians.

Vision and mission

High-quality healthcare for all Australians.

RACGP carry out stringent assessments of doctors’ skills and knowledge, develop resources and guidelines, and help GPs with issues that affect their practice.

How your GP can help

Your GP can help with a huge array of health issues. These include everything from the routine to the complex and throughout your life.

Your GP wants you to get the most out of your visit to their practice so you leave with all your questions answered. Use the tips below to make your visit a success:

  • make a list of all the things you want to ask your GP about so you don’t forget anything
  • be open and honest - everything you tell your GP is kept confidential
  • don’t be afraid to ask embarrassing questions, your GP is trained to answer them
  • if you’ve done some of your own research on the internet before seeing your GP and you’re worried about what it says, print it off and show your GP
  • if you have lots of items you wish to discuss with your GP in one visit, book a longer appointment so neither of you feel rushed
  • if your GP isn’t familiar with your medical history, ensure you let them know about any prior illnesses or family history that may be relevant to your visit

Information / help lines

Email: racgp@racgp.org.au

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Last reviewed: May 2021

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RACGP - What your GP can do for you

Your GP can help with a huge array of health issues

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RACGP - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

The RACGP aims for all GPs in Australia to deliver clinically and culturally appropriate health care to all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients

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RACGP - Vitamin C infusions

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that normally only comes from food. It plays an important role in the nervous system and other functions, including the healing of wounds and energy metabolism.

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RACGP - Vitamin D testing

Vitamin D is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. It is important for your bone health and the function of your nerves and muscles

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RACGP - Patient resources

This evidence-based resource assists GP and patient conversations on overused tests, overdiagnosed and overtreated conditions, and interventions with insufficient evidence. and avoiding low-value care.

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RACGP - Managing prescription opioids in patients with non cancer pain

Opioids are frequently used to manage chronic non-cancer pain despite the lack of evidence of benefit and clear evidence of opioid-related harms

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RACGP - Imaging in adults with acute low back pain

Most people will experience acute (short-term, lasting less than two months) low back pain at some point in their lives.

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RACGP - Choosing a GP

When choosing a GP, it is important to consider things like location,opening hours,billing and rapport

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RACGP - MTHFR gene testing

MTHFR genes are involved in how your body uses folate. There are variations in this gene that can be identified in a blood test.

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