July 2021

Chair report

Message from the Chair – Assoc Prof Charlotte Hespe

I’d like to start this month with some non-COVID-related news and invite you to get involved in our faculty by nominating for a position on the RACGP NSW&ACT Faculty Council. Nine positions are available, and nominations are open until 2 August. You can find more details on the RACGP website.

The council promotes the interests of members to the RACGP Board and state/territory governments. We’re involved in shaping CPD, general practice advocacy, research and emerging issues affecting our members. For me, being on the council has been extremely rewarding – particularly advocating for general practice as key to primary healthcare service delivery and the need to recognise and reward this work. I strongly encourage you to consider adding your voice and opinion.

The next term starts at our Annual Member’s Meeting, which will be held online on 15 September. This year, Professor Kay Wilhelm will deliver the keynote address. Kay is a psychiatrist who’s passionate about doctor wellbeing and who has developed some wonderful resources for taking better care of ourselves, our staff and, of course, our patients.

As I write, COVID hotspots are appearing around the nation, 12 million are in lockdown and vulnerable communities are at risk. This just emphasises the important role of GPs in the vaccine rollout. More GPs will be needed, and the RACGP is advocating passionately on our behalf to battle challenges around funding, vaccine supply, equitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy. I encourage you all to assist as best you can, particularly now that Pfizer is being distributed into GP clinics. Despite the challenges of the rollout, it remains the key way to move us forwards and out of COVID restrictions.

Once again, take care of yourselves, your colleagues and families, especially during lockdowns. 

Calendar of events

Calendar of events

Event Date CPD points
A 2021 update on peripheral vascular disease Wednesday 28 July 2021
7.30–8.30‌ pm (AEST)
2 points
Practical ways to study smarter Wednesday 4 August 2021
7.00–8.30‌ pm (AEST)
2 points
Hepatitis C testing and treatment update 2021 Thursday 5 August 2021
7.30–8.30‌ pm (AEST)
2 points
Let's talk about finances: Managing your personal finances Wednesday 11 August 2021
7.30–9.00‌ pm (AEST)
2 points
State-of-the-art heart-failure diagnosis and management Wednesday 18 August 2021
7.30–8.30‌ pm (AEST)
2 points

Events in the spotlight

New Fellows Award: Nominations for the Eric Fisher Award close 19 July 2021

The Eric Fisher Award focuses on wellbeing and recognises an extraordinary New Fellow who’s gone out of their way to look after the mental and physical wellbeing of colleagues, staff and themselves. 

If you know a worthy inaugural recipient of this award, nominate them by Monday 19 July 2021.


ACT’s FARE ‘Reduce your risk’ campaign

With the support of the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) ‘Reduce your risk’ campaign aims to increase awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer.

Research shows the risk of developing certain cancers increases with every unit of alcohol consumed. FARE’s ‘Reduce your risk’ guide answers questions about the relationship between alcohol and cancer, and provides you with resources to discuss these answers with your patients.

To learn more, visit the 'Reduce your risk' website.

National news

RACGP resources to help you manage your billing

General practices are businesses, which need tailored, sustainable business and billing models in place to remain viable and provide essential services to the community.

The RACGP has a suite of resources to help you build and sustain a successful practice and maintain a good work–life balance.

We’ve made things easy for you by assembling these resources in one place (member login required):

  • General Practice Business Toolkit
  • Billing calculator
  • Strategies to keep your practice sustainable
  • MBS Online tool

Become an examiner and help shape the future of general practice

Become an examiner for the Clinical Competency Exam. Express your interest...

We’re looking for examiners for the new Clinical Competency Exam to be delivered over the first two weekends in November 2021. 

Examiners are pivotal to the ongoing success of the Fellowship exams and, by extension, to the award of Fellowship of the RACGP. Examiners work with their peers to test knowledge and proficiency to determine candidate competence to practice as an unsupervised and specialist GP anywhere in Australia.

Contributing to RACGP exams is an enriching accomplishment. Express your interest by addressing the selection criteria by Sunday 25 July 2021. 


It’s time to celebrate excellence in general practice

2021 RACGP Awards. Recognising excellence in general practice. Nominations now open...

Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice that goes above and beyond? Then nominate now for the 2021 RACGP Awards.

The RACGP Awards celebrate exceptional individuals and practices for their outstanding achievements and dedication to the health of their communities.

Nominations are now open, and close at midnight on 19 July 2021. Visit the RACGP Awards website to find out more and nominate an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice today.

Nominate today.

2021 RACGP faculty elections: Nominations now open

Influence, represent, advocate. Shape the future of general practice. Nominate for the 2021 RACGP elections now.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 RACGP faculty elections.

Nominating for a position on your local faculty council is your best opportunity to move our speciality forward, shape RACGP advocacy and ensure your general practice community’s views are heard, loud and clear.

Nominations close at 12.00‌ pm (AEST) Monday 2 August 2021. Visit the RACGP elections website to nominate.

NSW Health update*

Need treatment advice for patients with drug and alcohol issues?

The Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS) is a free, 24/7 phone service giving general advice to health professionals who need help diagnosing and managing patients with alcohol and other drug-related concerns. 

Callers to the DASAS line include GPs, hospital doctors, nurses, mental health staff, pharmacists and other allied health professionals.

Contact DASAS in the Sydney metropolitan area on 02 8382 1006 and in regional, rural and remote NSW on 1800 023 687*.

*Free call numbers are not free from mobile phones, except Telstra mobiles

Visit recruitGP – the RACGP’s trusted, single source for general practice employment opportunities across urban, remote and rural Australia.

It’s free for RACGP members.

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