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Type: In-person
20 Apr, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (AEST)


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Hot Topics Mackay 2024

In-person 20 Apr, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (AEST)

Hot Topics is a unique one-day educational event for regional QLD GPs  to come together to learn and discuss 5 current and topical hot-topics that is relevant to their region.

Thanks to the generosity of the RACGP Queensland Bruce Roberts Bequest registration for Hot Topics is complimentary for RACGP Members.

The topics being focussed on at this years Hot Topics are:

  • MyMedicare  – Identify new procedures for MyMedicare system and how it will impact your practice
  • Veterans Health - An overview of relevant changes to DVA for General Practice, managing mental health for veterans and health matters specific to regional Mackay
  • Dermatology - Dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine
  • Women's Health - Antenatal Care Updates for GPs and a discussion on Genetic Carrier screening and NIPT
  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy - Including MTOP in your scope of practice

QLD GP's are invited to attend Hot Topics and a member networking event following.

Date: Saturday 20 April 2024
Time: 8.30am -5.00pm
Venue: Rydges Mackay Suites, 9 Gregory St, Mackay QLD 

The event is delivered in partnership with NQPHN - Bursaries are also available to attend this event for GPs located in the MMM3-7 regions, located in North Queensland PHN area. Please contact for bursary details.

Learning outcomes

  1. My Medicare – Identify new procedures for MyMedicare system and how it will impact your practice
  2. Veteran’s health – Identify relevant changes to DVA for general practice
  3. Women’s health – Identify care updates for GP’s including genetic carrier screening and NIPT
  4. MTOP – Identity the need for MTOP and how to implement in your scope of practice
  5. Dermatology – Identify need for dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine


Dr Nicole Higgins
RACGP President and Practice Owner

Dr Nicole Higgins represents the depth and breadth of general practice. Growing up in rural Victoria and NSW and now living in North Queensland, Nicole is an active GP who is a business owner, director, supervisor, medical educator and working parent. Having previously worked with Tropical Medical Training and RVTS in medical education and training, Nicole has been recognised for her entrepreneurship and innovation in her workplaces. Nicole is the recent ex-chair of GP Supervision Australia and has had directorships from the old days of the Divisions of General Practice through the PHNs. Nicole regularly talks on Women and Leadership and proudly mentors other GPs.


Dr Kerry Summerscales
BMBS, FRACGP, BSci-Path, DAME, Cert Occ Med, Adv Cert Skin Cancer Med

Dr Kerry Summerscales is a Veteran and Specialist GP with 30+ years’ experience in the Australian Army and medical settings. As a result of her service, she has become a strong advocate for Veterans’ health and wellbeing, and educating clinicians in these arenas. her other passion is early skin cancer detection and appropriate treatments. She believes we should not see Australians dying from skin cancer - it is the one cancer we can see from the outside! Dr Summerscales joined the Army at aged 18 and was assigned the role of medic, and then trained as Pathology Technician, then Scientific Officer and left the Army medically in 2020 as a Major Medical Officer, settling in Mackay. She has had multiple postings around the nation, has served overseas on 5 deployments, was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for her services to the Pathology trade, and since leaving, she was awarded the Presidents Medal for the RACGP Future Leaders Program. Through her advocacy and training programs, she wants to enable clinicians to understand the needs of their Veteran patients whilst optimising the opportunities to overcome the hurdles presented in this space.

Dr Lisa Fraser
Member – RACGP Queensland Council

Lisa is the practice owner and principal GP at Gordonvale Family Medical Centre. Lisa is a member of the RACGP Queensland Council, sits on the AMA Queensland Council of GPs and is treasurer of General Practice Medical Education Inc. Her interests include women's health, mental health and skin cancer medicine. Lisa has two children and shares business ownership with her husband and practice owner, David. When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her Whippets, dog obedience, swimming and cooking.

Dr Mark Raines

"Huh? Oh you mean Mark (I do prefer that rather than Dr Raines) . Well for starters I am a West Australian not a Queenslander, sorry. That just where my folks got off the boat sea sick from their "luxury" migration cruise from the UK. I am married with two young children and of course they are beautiful. One born in Nhulunbuy and the other on Kangaroo Island at the opposite side of Australia. Now don't let that worry you about my stability because my wife and I have a 10 year plan to stay in Mackay whilst the kids get educated. What do I do? (well apart from being a doctor). If you check out my Facebook site you may see that I enjoy wandering around taking photos. There is also some videos of close calls on my pushbike as I ride to work and home. I go bush walking, diving and apart from an incident on Dunk Island have never got lost. I also enjoy cooking unfortunately my creative spirit has been dampened by having two kids who profess bland vegetarianism. I do make a very tasty wallaby and blackcurrant stew. I enjoy being a GP, particularly the variety of challenges that may walk through the door. I got my medical degree from Flinders University in 2000. I slaved through my internship and junior doctor years at Royal Darwin Hospital. Earlier in my life I had worked there as a pharmacist. I have previously worked in Emergency medicine, delivered babies and dabbled in surgery. Once I even had to drill a hole in someone's skull.

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