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National Faculty of Specific Interests


The National Faculty of Specific Interests (NFSI) is a faculty of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), endorsed by council in 2008, charged with, ‘recognising the additional interest and expertise held by general practitioners in selected areas of general practice’ and facilitating GP members practising in these areas to ‘promote the area of specific interest and to share and develop related knowledge and materials’ (Council paper, February 2010).

Initial entry for groups into the NFSI is through the status of a network. Networks provide the opportunity for specific interest groups to share information and knowledge on their area of interest by regular contact, either online or by meetings. The network can also become more formal and offer continuing professional development (CPD) for its members and other general practitioners for whom a need has been identified.

Networks may also seek to develop formal educational materials directed towards the development of a diploma recognised within the RACGP. Once a network has developed an appropriate business plan, and has been approved by College Council to begin developing a diploma, the network becomes a Working Group.

The faculty currently has 18 endorsed networks and three endorsed working groups.

The RACGP and ASPM co-host the Connecting Minds Conference

Please note that all registrations must be received by COB Monday 8 September 2014. Registrations received after this time cannot be accepted.

Connecting minds 2014 - From adolescence to adulthood: practical skills for primary practitioners with an interest in mental health will be jointly hosted by the RACGP’s National Faculty of Specific Interests’ (NFSI) Psychological Medicine Working Group and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM) in Byron Bay, NSW from Friday-Sunday 12–14 September 2014.

The conference aims to bring together primary care practitioners to workshop and up-skill in areas relating to the prevention and treatment of mental health issues in young people. There will also be two full day workshops including Black Dog’s ‘New interactive program for the diagnosis and management of Bipolar Disorder’ presented by Dr Vered Gordon, an experienced GP and Family Systems Therapist, and ‘The Weight Escape’ presented by Prof Joseph Ciarrochi who specialises in emotional intelligence and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. There will be many other interesting and highly credentialed speakers and open forum discussions on mental healthcare delivery so that participants can present their own opinions, share ideas and collaborate to ‘improve the system’.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshop
This workshop has not been accredited for RACGP CPD points. You may apply for recognition of this activity as an Individual ALM for 40 Category 1 points. This can be done via the RACGP website under MY CPD.

Black Dog Institute Workshop on Diagnosis and Management of Bipolar Disorder
This workshop has been accredited for 40 Category 1 CPD points. On completion of all the requirements (Predisposing, full attendance, Reinforcing activity) points will be allocated. This will occur after you have returned the Reinforcing Activity. This program has also been accredited by the GPMHSC for FPS CPD specific requirement.

Short Seminar Suite
Short seminars are available on each of the three days of the conference. These seminars have been accredited for Category 2 CPD points in the following combinations:
GPs who attend the full suite of short seminars (6 hours) on Day One will be allocated 12 Category 2 points. GPs who attend the full suite of short seminars (6 hours) on Day Two will be allocated 12 Category 2 points. GPs who attend the full suite of short seminars (3 hours) on Day Three will be allocated 6 Category 2 points.

Registrations are now open (download the brochure below). For more information, email the RACGP NFSI team at


 1800 090 588

F: 03 8699 0400

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Dr Morton Rawlin
Faculty Chair

Matt Rush
03 6234 2200

Administrative Officer
Pam Garrard
03 8699 0577

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