Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; mā te mōhio, ka marama; mā te mārama, ka mātau; mā te mātau, ka ora. Through resonance comes cognisance, through cognisance comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes life and well-being.

About the College

Established in 1974, the College’s motto is: ‘Cum Scientia Caritas’ which translates as ‘with knowledge, compassion’. 

Over 40 years have passed and the compassion for its members and the knowledge for its end patients have strengthened through a rapidly changing health environment. The College supports their GPs in two ways: firstly, delivering invaluable training, assessment and ongoing professional development. The second is raising the bar of scientific knowledge through research and communication that sets the standard for general practice.

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The College is there throughout a general practitioner’s career from initial interest, to Fellowship, teaching and even owning a practice. The introduction of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (DRHM), Kapa Kaiaka and the evolution of Aiming for Excellence in recent years are examples of how the College has listened and acted on the changing landscape of health care. 

Our mission

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is a professional body and postgraduate educational institute that sets standards for general practice, providing research, assessment,
ongoing education, advocacy and support for general practitioners and general practice.

Our purpose

To demonstrate the enduring value offered by general practice and general practitioners in a rapidly changing environment by leading and supporting members and general practice to ensure high-quality, equitable care is offered to all patients.

Our vision

The College seeks to have:

  • a healthy sustainable general practitioner workforce;
  • healthier New Zealanders through high quality general practice care; and
  • a strong College supporting vibrant general practice.