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  • Key updates from IPN

    Dr Malcolm Parmenter
    Posted by on 16 Feb 2012

    Welcome to my blog in which I would like to share key updates from IPN. These include new career opportunities across our network and the inaugural launch of the RACGP/IPN Research Grant valued at $20,000.

    The launch of Kinetic Health, IPN’s specialised occupational medicine business, as well as the acquisition of Allied Medical Group and Australian Skin Cancer Clinics in 2011 capped off an exciting year for IPN. IPN’s services have now expanded to around 200 medical centres across Australia giving doctors even more options for work within our network.

    The need for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment is growing. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world with approximately two in three Australians expected to be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 702. The recently acquired Australian Skin Cancer Clinic group consists of 16 specialised skin cancer clinics located in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA1. Combined with IPN’s existing group of skin cancer clinics, this venture has allowed IPN to grow its expertise and support for doctors in the area of skin health.

    The proportion of Australians with long-term health conditions has also been increasing largely due to the ageing population and other lifestyle related trends including obesity3.  The need for more research to improve Chronic Disease Management in the general practice setting is significant.

    IPN is pleased to announce the launch of the RACGP / IPN Research Grant valued at $20,000 to fund projects on innovation in the area of Chronic Disease Management in the general practice setting.  The RACGP / IPN research Grant is a great opportunity for you to make a significant contribution to innovation in general practice. For more information about the grant please visit the RACGP website, the closing date for submissions is Monday 30th April 20124.

    IPN is the preferred partner of more than 1500 doctors across Australia. You, too, can experience what we offer, including flexibility, clinical sovereignty and professional business and practice management allowing you to focus on patient care.

    Kind regards

    Dr Malcolm Parmenter
    Independent Practitioner Network


    1. Australian Skin Cancer Clinics
    2. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Key Statistics
    3. National Health Workforce Taskforce ‘Health Workforce in Australia and Factors for Current Shortages April 2009 KPMG
    4. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners