The CSGPN Members Forum was held on 24 May 2016. It was a productive evening centred on the discussion of future directions for CSGPN. The evening also recognised the important role of our many members who continue to advocate for and represent the GP perspective. A good time was had by all. If you missed the event this year, make sure you put it in your diary for next year.

The result of the member’s survey was presented and discussed. 11% of members completed the survey. The top three responses to the question of what the members would like CSGPN to provide were as follows:

  1. Advocacy for Central Sydney GPs at the primary health network and local health district
  2. Further education events (beyond what the primary health network offers)
  3. Dissemination of information from the primary health network and local health district.

In the area of CPD events, the Board will take a more active role. After discussions with CESPHN, the educational events in our area will be co-branded with the CSGPN logo. The topics will be decided by the CPD committee in consultation with CESPHN. There will be two CSGPN Directors on this committee. CESPHN will still provide the financial support and organisation for CPD. We will ensure the topics are of interest to general practice in our area. Extra events for special interest small group learning and practical skills training are suggestions for inclusion, subject to PHN funding availability.

CSGPN does not receive federal or PHN funding. CSGPN pays CESPHN a percentage of our membership fees for management services. CSGPN’s running cost is totally funded by membership fees and the investment income of existing funds.

CSGPN’s purpose is to improve patient care and the health of our community, however, the Board is now also focusing on the support and satisfaction of our members. Members will have access to practical benefits in the new Members Benefits Program. Current members and their family will receive a 15% discount at any Blooms the Chemist stores (conditions apply). Look out for more benefits in the future. Please contact us if you have any ideas or connections that can enrich our Members Benefits Program. The Board is also looking at making changes to our current website to allow more interaction and services.

The Board would like to continue receiving feedback and input from members. Please contact us through Sue Moxon on 8752 4920 or email office@csgpn.com.au.