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Issue 1/2 Jan-Feb 2015Social media is a potentially hazardous area for people in any profession, with a seemingly innocuous tweet or online post capable have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. One of the main dangers for GPs lies in the use of advertising and testimonials, an uncertain area that can present a number of unexpected issues. GP and medico-legal adviser Dr Sara Bird discusses the details of GPs and social media, including legal matters and what to look out for when posting online. 

GPs are well placed to offer much-needed care Australia’s asylum seekers and refugees. Dr Janet Bodycomb of Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre believes patients and practitioners would benefit from GPs actively learning more about the unique healthcare needs of these vulnerable populations.

Nutrition is an area of healthcare in which some GPs may traditionally struggle to offer the most comprehensive advice. The new Web-based Nutrition Competency Implementation Toolkit (WNCIT) is designed to allow universities across Australia to embed nutrition into medical courses, enabling graduates to be more nutritionally competent when they enter the profession, rather than learning ‘on the job’.

The newly updated version of he RACGP’s SNAP guide: A population health guide to behavioural risk factors for general practices is designed to help GPs and practice teams fight chronic disease by working with patients in relation to the lifestyle risk factors of smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity (SNAP).

An RACGP Foundation grant helped Queensland GP Dr Pamela Douglas conduct research that led to the publication of her first book, The discontented little baby book, in 2014.