The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has published the 'Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice' (the 'Red Book’) since 1989. The red book is now widely accepted as the main guide to the provision of preventive care in Australian general practice.
The 'Red Book' is designed to provide the general practice team with guidance on opportunistic and proactive preventive care. It covers primary (preventing the initial occurrence of a disorder) and secondary (preventive early detection and intervention) activities. The 'Red Book' provides a single entry point to common conditions seen in Australian general practice and offers practical advice on the kind of screening and services that should be provided to the general population.