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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 23 Mar 2022


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Combatting Australia's new syphilis epidemic: The crucial role of GPs

On-demand recorded 23 Mar 2022

While Australia has made some notable progress in the management of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), Syphilis remains a significant public health challenge.

About 2 million Australians see a GP each week, and most STI’s are diagnosed in general practice - GPs have a crucial role in reducing the prevalence of Syphilis in the community through early diagnosis, testing and re-testing at risk patients, and timely and appropriate antibiotic treatment for cure.

This webinar will provide an important update on the specific skills and actions to improve prevention, detection and treatment of Syphilis by GPs including:

  • Comprehensive Syphilis testing and treatment
  • Achieving earlier detection of primary, secondary, and asymptomatic infection
  • Opportunistic testing as part of the time-limited consultation
  • Preparedness for universal (up to five times) testing during and post pregnancy
  • Test, screen and manage Syphilis in a culturally appropriate and inclusive manner
  • Accessing clinical advice and support at point of care

Learning outcomes

  1. Define the risk factors for Syphilis and identify priority and high-risk groups in your practice
  2. Extend skills to improve the diagnosis of primary syphilis and frequency of serological testing to detect very early syphilis
  3. Interpreting correctly and consistently a range of Syphilis test results
  4. Administering treatment protocols correctly, including long-acting Penicillin injection, reducing pain of treatment and multiple treatments
  5. Support women and their sexual health during pregnancy to reduce the risk of congenital syphilis and adverse pregnancy outcomes
This event attracts 4 CPD points

This event attracts 4 CPD points


Dr Lara Roeske
GP, Chair RACGP Specific Interests

Dr Lara Roeske is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Sexually Transmissible infections and Blood Borne Viruses (MACBBVSTI). She is a GP and practice owner, Chair RACGP Specific Interests and RACGP Board Director and has held many senior positions at the RACGP, including Deputy Chair Victoria Council, inaugural Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health Medicine group, and past Chair of the Women in General Practice RACGP Victoria committee. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Roeske has worked in advisory roles to key stakeholders, on steering committees, guideline working parties, representing the RACGP across a range of domains relevant to sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and translation of evidence into practice at state and national levels.


Dr Kym Collins
Sexual health physician

Kym works at Gosford, Albury and Wagga Wagga as a Sexual Health Physician. She is interested in HIV and Sexual Health care in the regional setting.

Dr Tim Senior

Dr Tim Senior is a GP at the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in South West Sydney. He is Medical Advisor to the RACGP in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and is a clinical senior lecturer in general practice and Indigenous Health at the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Michael Burke
MBBS, FRACGP, Conjoint Associate Professor, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW

Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Burke works in general practice in Blacktown and also part time at the Sexual Health and HIV Clinic at nearby Nepean Hospital. He is committed to increasing the capacities of general practitioners to deliver quality services in sexual health medicine in primary care settings.

Dr Cara Sheppard

Cara is a GP who has worked in the remote Western Desert for the last 4 years and been involved in management of the emerging syphilis outbreak which came to this region in 2018. She has an in interest in Public Health, antenatal care and women’s health and has been heavily involved in treating sexually transmitted infections in our highly vulnerable, mobile population.


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