June 2021

Chair report

Message from the Chair – Assoc Prof Charlotte Hespe

Welcome to our monthly NSW&ACT update.

The vaccine rollout is slowly gaining pace, assisted significantly by the rollout of Pfizer vaccine via NSW Health and ACT Health, which has helped GPs and practice staff access age-appropriate vaccination! We also welcome the increased access for the public via mass-vaccination clinics with Pfizer and AstraZeneca both in urban and regional settings. More general practices were asked in May to express their interest in becoming vaccine clinics, which should also improve access for the majority of people who’d prefer to get their vaccine from their regular GP. We’re hoping GPs will also be able to provide Pfizer as more stock becomes available. Big thanks to everyone involved in the vaccine clinics.

We also look forward to formally hearing about a no-blame insurance compensation scheme to cover any vaccine-related adverse events. A true win for advocacy by the RACGP and our members!

Our hearts go out to our Victorian colleagues as they experience another outbreak. Do reach out to Victorian friends, family and colleagues as they struggle with yet more uncertainty.

Nominations for the 2021 RACGP Awards are open until mid-July. I urge you to promote and submit nominations for the national awards and the NSW&ACT awards to recognise the outstanding work of RACGP members who make invaluable contributions to the profession and to their communities. We could all do with a bit of personal recognition and affirmation after such a hard year.

A reminder that our annual get-together, GP21, will take place on 10–12 September. This year, you can either attend in person in Melbourne or join online.

Remember to take time out to look after yourselves and get some rest, recovery and recreation time. We all need to prioritise our personal wellbeing to care for our patients during these very demanding times.

Events in the spotlight

Connecting in Broken Hill

You’re invited to connect, learn and create in Broken Hill on Saturday 14 August 2021.

This interactive workshop will cover:

  • starting your advocacy journey through role-plays and small-group exercises
  • connecting, getting to know you – three-minute presentations on passions and interests
  • tapping your inner creativity to make mandalas, or explore and understand emotions and ideas through art.

Email nswact.events@racgp.org.au for more information.

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Calendar of events

Event Date CPD points
PrEPared to prescribe Tuesday 22 June
7.30–8.30 pm
2 points
Real time prescription monitoring Wednesday 23 June
7.30–8.30 pm
2 points
Managing hepatitis C in primary care Monday 5 July
7.30–8.30 pm
2 points
Neurosurgery: Pituitary tumours and aneurysms Wednesday 14 July
7.30–8.30 pm
2 points
Let's talk about finances: Cover yourself right: GP insurance Wednesday 14 July
7.30–9.00 pm


Let's focus on wellbeing – Nominations for the Eric Fisher Award now open

Of special interest this year, given the pandemic, is the NSW&ACT Eric Fisher Award for New Fellows. This award celebrates a New Fellow who has gone out of their way to look after the mental and physical wellbeing of colleagues, staff and themselves. 

If you’d like to nominate a worthy inaugural recipient for this award, fill out the nomination form by Monday 12 July 2021. 

Seeking an RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health representative for the NSW&ACT Faculty Council

The RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health member of the RACGP NSW&ACT Faculty Council has a valuable role. Key responsibilities include representing the views and interests of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health members to the Council, providing leadership, facilitating two-way communication between their faculty members and the Council, and participating in the Council’s decision-making process.

To express interest in the role, send a short statement to lydia.drury@racgp.org.au introducing yourself and the reasons why you’d like to be appointed.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule changes from 1 June 2021

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS) was updated on 1 June 2021. Refer to the FAQs on accessing and using the Online PBS Authorities System. For more information on broader PBS changes, visit the PBS website.

National news

RACGP member panel: Share your opinion on our visual branding

Join a review of the RACGP’s visual identity and give your thoughts on our branding, colours, logo, etc. All you need to do is register to watch a 15-minute recorded presentation and complete a follow-up survey between Tuesday June 22 and midnight Sunday 27 June 2021.

Register now

Introducing the new clinical exam

We’re pleased to announce that the inaugural Clinical Competency Examination (CCE) will be delivered over the first two weekends in November 2021. The CCE replaces the long-standing Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) and the interim Remote Clinical Exam (RCE). 

The CCE will have a blended format, with candidates completing four case discussions remotely via Zoom and five clinical encounters face-to-face. Candidates can start enrolling on 9 August.

We’ll be opening expressions of interest for new examiners in July.
You can find more information on the CCE on the RACGP website.

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Celebrate excellence in general practice: Nominations for 2021 RACGP Awards now open

Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor or general practice going above and beyond?

GPs receive all kinds of acknowledgements from their patients, but it’s important to formally recognise this work and dedication to holistic patient care.

The RACGP Awards celebrate exceptional individuals in Australian general practice for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the health of their community.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 RACGP Awards, closing 12 July.

Visit the RACGP website to nominate today!

Rural and remote GP research webinar

Date: Tuesday 13 July 2021
Time: 7.00–8.15pm (AEST)
Venue: Online
Cost: Free

Hear a conversation reflecting on the role of rural and remote general practice research. We’ll define rural and remote GP research and outlining the scope of research that can take place in these settings. Our panellists will also offer advice to GPs and researchers wanting to be part of rural health research and on the role of rural and remote general practice research.

Register now.

NSW Health update*

A general practice approach to curing hepatitis C

People with non-cirrhotic hepatitis C can be treated in primary care with a short course of oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).

These resources can help simplify DAA prescribing:

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