The Northern Rivers General Practice Network is a support organisation for the general practices of the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.

Read more: About the NRGPN

This more abstract design was a culmination of ideas and processes which began with the original logo, a more realistic interpretation of the Network’s (formerly the Division’s) symbol of the threatened Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, Ornithoptera richmondia.

Read more: The flapping of a butterfly’s wings…

 Welcome to the September 2013 edition of GPSpeak, our first in 18 months and the first ever in an exclusively online format.

Our inaugural edition appeared in November 1993, in the early days of the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice, as the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN) was known at the time, and there was much excitement in the projects we were undertaking. There were high hopes for making a real difference in primary care, and many of these have been realised.

Read more: The return of GPSpeak

In April 2012, under a front-page banner proclaiming it to be the “Last edition of GPSpeak”, editor Janet Grist paid homage to those who had preceded her. In singling out Katherine Breen Kuruczev, the longest occupant of the editor’s chair, she said, “Her talent, drive and sheer hard work created a vibrant and relevant magazine for general practice.”

Read more: Out of hibernation - Editorial

David GuestDavid Guest has been a general practitioner for thirty years. He is the current chairman of the Northern Rivers General Practice Network and was its inaugural Secretary/Treasurer. He was the founding chairman of the Richmond Valley Clinical Society. He is one of the principals at the Goonellabah Medical Centre, which provides a comprehensive range of primary care services to the people of Lismore.

Read more: GPSpeak - Meet The Team