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The RACGP is calling for member nominations for the RACGP Expert Committees (RECs). The RECs contribute expertise in specific areas to the development of RACGP position statements, submissions, guidelines, resources and tools aimed at supporting the general practice profession. They play a critical role in providing advice and expertise to RACGP Council and management. There are seven RECs: Health Economics Pre Fellowship Education Post Fellowship Education Quality Care Research Standards for General Practices Technology and Innovation In...
The RACGP encourages members to nominate their peers for the 2018 RACGP awards. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the achievements of GPs working towards a healthier Australia through general practice. National winners will be announced at GP18, the RACGP conference held on the Gold Coast in October. Nominations close at 5.00 pm AEST on Friday 18 May. Visit the RACGP website to view the full breadth of award categories and download a nomination form.
Medical clearances Patients often request medical clearance from their GP to participate in various health-related programs. For example, a patient’s gym may ask them to seek GP clearance before they can participate in a fitness program. GPs are often expected to provide clearance with very little information about what the program involves or the risks of participation for the patient. Some members have sought advice from the RACGP regarding the provision of medical clearance for patients and the legal obligations or consequences of providing medic...
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised that natural rubber latex is present in the sheath covering the needle of trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad, which is available through the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for people aged 65 years and over. While reactions to latex are rare, anyone who has a severe allergy to latex should not receive Fluad. Patients aged 65 and over with a latex allergy can still be safely vaccinated with an alternative trivalent influenza vaccine, Fluzone High-Dose, through the NIP. Visit the TGA websit ...
Applications for the 2019 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program will close 10.00 am (AEST) Monday 30 April 2018. The AGPT Program is the leading program for doctors who wish to pursue the specialty of general practice. Doctors interested in the program can apply via the RACGP website . Doctors who have previously registered with AGPT can log in to their online account to apply. The RACGP hosted a series of webinars for doctors seeking more information about the program. Visit the AGPT with the RACGP website to view the webinars r...
The RACGP would like to remind its members that while asthma medication Montelukast (Singulair) is generally well tolerated, it is important to advise patients and parents of potential neuropsychiatric adverse effects, particularly in children and adolescents. Side effects can include: agitation aggressive behaviour or hostility anxiousness depression dream abnormalities hallucinations insomnia irritability restlessness somnambulism suicidal thoughts and behaviour (including suicidality) tremor. Patients and parents should be instruct...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a greater disease burden from influenza than non-Indigenous Australians. Advanced age, infancy, and chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and renal failure increase the risk of complications, as do obesity, pregnancy and smoking. Annual influenza vaccine should be offered to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged >six months. Target influenza vaccination particularly toward the following Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups: Children aged six months to fiv...
The Department of Health (DoH) has advised that two cases of gonorrhoea with resistance to ceftriaxone, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and tetracycline were identified in early 2018; one diagnosed in Western Australia and the other in Queensland. GPs are reminded to gather a full travel history on all those who present with a sexually transmissible infection. Whenever possible, take swabs for culture and antimicrobial resistance testing, particularly from those who may have acquired the infection in Southeast Asia. The DoH has released a ...
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