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The RACGP returns to Macquarie Media’s weekly radio program ‘Health of the Nation’ on Thursday 1 February 2018 to speak to patients around the country. RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel will discuss codeine upscheduling and what the changes mean for GPs and their patients. RACGP members can tune in to 3AW Melbourne, 2GB Sydney or 4BC Brisbane at 9.30 pm on Thursday nights to listen to Health of the Nation . Alternatively, episodes can be streamed through the 3AW website .
The RACGP has collated a repository of resources to help support GPs, practice teams and their patients with the forthcoming upscheduling of codeine, effective 1 February 2018. The ‘ Upscheduling of codeine ’ page hosts a range of clinical and state resources, information for patients, GP education and a directory to state-based clinical advisory services. Visit the RACGP website for more information.
Panic disorder affects approximately 10% of general practice patients. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is recommended as first-line therapy for panic disorder, and can be used alone or in conjunction with pharmacotherapy in adults with or without agoraphobia. Panic disorder involves recurrent and sometimes unexpected attacks. Physical symptoms of a panic attack include a racing heart, chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, feeling faint, sweats, blurred vision, pins and needles in limb peripheries and/or around the mouth, butterflies in t...
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (the Program) introduced a new immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) kit and associated pathology services in the first week of January 2018. The previous test kits are no longer available to the Program and are cea sing production. To support the introduction of the new kit, a number of resources are available on the Department of Health website . Information and tips on promoting the Program in general practice can found in this fact sheet , which includes bowel cancer and Program statistic...
Under the new National Cervical Screening Program, cervical screening is not recommended for women under 25 years. Medicare does not fund routine human papillomavirus (HPV) screening tests in women under 25 and testing of these samples will either need to be privately funded by the patient, or, with the consent of the referring practitioner, not processed. Women under 25 years who are currently under clinical management for a cervical abnormality should be managed according to the recommendations in the 2016 guidelines for cervical cancer screening...
From 1 February 2018, GPs will be required to provide a copy of a patient’s Domiciliary Medication Management Plan to the patient’s choice of community pharmacy as part of the Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR), also known as a Home Medicines Review (item 900). This comes following a change to the item descriptor for item 900, which comes into effect from 1 February 2018. The new descriptor also states that a patient is eligible for a DMMR if they are assessed as having a chronic medical condition or a complex medication regimen and th...
Abstract submissions for GP18 is now open. The GP18 Scientific Committee is calling for 15-minute, 30-minute and one-hour oral or research and poster presentations. The call for abstracts will close at 11.59 pm, Sunday 4 March 2018 (AEST). Don’t miss the opportunity to present to your peers at the most popular event for GPs in 2018. GP18 will take place on the Gold Coast from 11–13 October. Visit the GP18 website for more information.