Dr Seidel, who will take over the role from current RACGP President Dr Frank R Jones in September, has vowed to build on the RACGP’s growing public profile to ensure general practice remains at the heart of public dialogue on health.
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been elected by our members to this important role and look forward to making a positive impact on behalf of Australia’s general practitioners, our college and our patients,” he said.
“With general practice funding increasingly under threat the role of the RACGP in representing and communicating the interests of members and patients has never been more important.”
Dr Seidel praised incumbent RACGP president Dr Frank R Jones for his achievements.
“I will endeavour to be as passionate and vocal in advocating for primary healthcare as Dr Jones but he will be hard act to follow.”
Dr Seidel has over 10 years' clinical experience and is a partner and co-owner of a rural general practice in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania. He is the current Chair of the RACGP in Tasmania and studied medicine in Germany and South Africa completing his vocational training as a GP in the United Kingdom in 2006. He holds a doctorate in paediatric immunology."