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Activity description

125042 - Common Respiratory Problems

National Medical Services Pty Ltd

Focussing on:
- Key features on history and examination for
o Otitis media
o Bacterial tonsillitis
o Croup
o Asthma
o Bronchiolitis
- Centor score for evaluating Bacterial tonsillitis
- Red flags in bronchiolitis/reasons for admission
- Therapeutic guidelines for treatment of otitis media
- Therapeutic guidelines for treatment of fact tonsillitis

Relevance to General Practice

GPs are responsible for the primary care of Australians of all ages and it is important that GPs maintain their skills and knowledge of respiratory presentations, which comprise approximately 24% of all presentations and can present with a wide array of undifferentiated symptoms. There is clinical significant deviation from clinical guidelines among junior doctors with respiratory conditions, with trainees prescribing antibiotics were more likely to order tests, and to seek in-consultation advice. Logistic regression analysis demonstrated older patient age, Indigenous patient background, and practices in higher socioeconomic areas were significant predictors of antibiotic prescribing. GP trainee antibiotic prescribing is higher than justified by guidelines.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the key features on history and examination for otitis media, bacterial tonsillitis, croup, asthma and bronchiolitis
  2. Explain the Centor score for evaluating bacterial tonsillitis
  3. Develop a checklist to identify the red flags in bronchiolitis
  4. Discuss the Therapeutic Guidelines for treatment of otitis media
  5. Discuss the Therapeutic Guidelines for treatment of bacterial tonsillitis

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Care of older people
  • Children and young people health

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Session summary


Wednesday 28 Feb 2018 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time








By invitation only

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Bel Marwe
T: 08 8130 3399