Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS

Arms of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Official blazon

Arms : Argent, on a Cross Gules, a forked Staff entwined with a Serpent Or, between four Mullets of six points Gold.
Crest : On a Wreath Azure and Gules a Golden Wattle Tree flowered and leaved proper. Mantling: Azure and Gules, doubled Argent.
Supporters: On the dexter side a Kangaroo proper, and on the sinister a Unicorn Argent armed unguled crined and tufted Or.
Motto: 'Cum Scientia Caritas'.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on May 15, 1962.

The red cross, as the universal badge of medical services, and the Rod of Aesculapius are self­ explanatory; the four stars, signifying the Southern Cross, are of six points to represent the six Faculties of the College.

The crest shows the living golden wattle tree in full bloom, and the wreath and mantling are the colours of the College gown.

The Supporters, Australian and British (the unicorn being chosen for its 'fabled healing properties'), show the close relationship with the Royal College of General Practitioners.


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Literature : Low, 1971