April 2019

Chair report

Message from RACGP SA&NT Chair, Dr Zakaria Baig

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter.
Mad March has finally ended following an exciting month of events, including the Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cup Day and the Adelaide 500; as well as RACGP SA events, including ‘Common ear, nose and throat presentations’, ‘Managing chronic pain’ and an ‘Emergency update for GPs’. April is another busy month for the RACGP and we have many upcoming events on the local calendar.

2019 Federal Election 

The 2019 Federal Election is rapidly approaching. Over the years, we have seen several unwanted changes to general practice that affect our ability to care for our patients effectively. The Federal Election presents a good opportunity for us to contact our local candidates and encourage them to advocate for important issues that are faced by Australian GPs and their patients. In particular, the RACGP believes strongly that the Medicare rebate needs to be restored to the level it should have been before the Medicare rebate freeze was introduced in 2013. The RACGP has developed some useful online resources to promote this, including templates for both patients and politicians, and suggested discussion points to raise with your local candidates.

QI&CPD requirements

For those of you who are still acquiring points for the Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) for the 2017–19 triennium, the RACGP will be holding many events that can facilitate this. Please view the RACGP SA&NT events page for details about these events.

2019 SA&NT Fellowship and Awards Ceremonies

For our SA&NT new Fellows, the Fellowship and Awards Ceremonies will take place later this year, so I suggest you save the date. The SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday 24 August and the NT Ceremony will be on Saturday 7 September. Celebrate your hard work and achievements at these events with colleagues, family and friends.


By now, I am sure you have heard that GP19 will take place in Adelaide on Thursday to Saturday 24–26 October. This is an exciting opportunity for Adelaide and preparations are well underway. You can register your interest online now. If you are short of QI&CPD points, this event is a fantastic opportunity to get all your points in one hit. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Dr Zakaria Baig

Calendar of events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2019

RACGP social network – NT health agenda for general practice in 2019

Thursday 11 April 2019

Vibe Hotel, Darwin Waterfront

Management of continence and prolapse

Tuesday 30 April 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Communication and dealing with patient behaviour

Tuesday 7 May 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Grand rounds: Emergency medicine

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Royston Park

Cultural awareness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Tuesday 28 May 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update for GPs

Tuesday 18 June 2019

College House, North Adelaide

Men’s health: Adolescents to elderly ALM

Saturday 22 June 2019

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)

Wednesday 17 July 2019

NT PHN, Winnellie

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

Saturday 24 August 2019

Adelaide Town Hall

NT Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

Saturday 7 September 2019

Hilton Darwin

Events in the spotlight

RACGP social network – NT

Thursday 11 April 2019

RACGP SA&NT is pleased to present a social networking event in Darwin, supported by National Australia Bank (NAB) and Medfin Finance, with a focus on the NT Health Agenda for General Practice in 2019.

Presentation topics

  • An update on the key areas of interest in general practice addressed by the wider NT health stakeholder network. Presented by Dr Tamsin Cockayne.
  • Banking on health. Presented by Stuart Robb, Medfin.
  • Cybersecurity essentials. Presented by Laura Hartley, NAB.

This free networking event is open to all members and practice managers.
If you have any queries, please call Jessica Fry on 08 8267 8325 or email jessica.fry@racgp.org.au
Register now.

Management of continence and prolapse

Tuesday 30 April

Urinary incontinence affects over 4.6 million Australians. It creates a huge burden for our patients, society and economy.

This general practice education session will help you to confidently evaluate and manage patients with urinary incontinence and prolapse.

Presented by Dr Samantha Pillay, Urological Surgeon.
If you have any queries, please call Susan Lyon on 08 8267 8315 or email susan.lyon@racgp.org.au
Register now.

Men's health: Adolescents to elderly

Saturday 22 June 2019

Men have more accidents, are more likely to take their own lives and are more prone to lifestyle-related chronic health conditions than women and girls of the same age.
This interactive workshop will explore men’s health issues from adolescence to older age.


  • Dr Lane Hinchcliffe – Principal GP and practice owner
  • Dr Kym Horsell – Urologist
  • Dr Solomon Yu – Geriatrician

If you have any queries, please call Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email roberta.morris@racgp.org.au
Register now.


Welcome new Fellows

RACGP SA&NT is pleased to congratulate the following GPs who attained RACGP Fellowship recently:

  • Dr Brigid Agnew
  • Dr Yu Aye
  • Dr Julian Barson
  • Dr Evan Bartel
  • Dr Penelope Batterham
  • Dr Emmy Bauer
  • Dr Jennifer Becker
  • Dr Sahar Beg
  • Dr Emma Brook
  • Dr Vikram Chellaboina
  • Dr Jacqueline Chen
  • Dr Roxanne Cheung
  • Dr Yew Chong
  • Dr Luke Christian
  • Dr Sally Clarke
  • Dr Matthew Crabb
  • Dr Faith Drew
  • Dr Xiuhui Gao
  • Dr Elizabeth Gebler-Hughes
  • Dr Muhaddisa Ghulam Ali
  • Dr Debalina Gon Chaudhury
  • Dr Simon Hayward
  • Dr Srabonti Hazra
  • Dr Jonathan Heng
  • Dr Jodi Hunt
  • Dr Muhandiramlage Illangasooriya
  • Dr Emily Kirkpatrick
  • Dr Jen Xin Lau
  • Dr Xiang Yi Lu
  • Dr Maya Luks
  • Dr Andre Michalski-Russell
  • Dr Benjamin Misan
  • Dr Benjamin Moore
  • Dr Gareth O'Reillly
  • Dr Catherine Pendrey
  • Dr Ranjeewa Pussellage
  • Dr Johanna Sabogal
  • Dr Abdul Saboor
  • Dr Myrtle Stibbe
  • Dr Shazia Sultana
  • Dr Nicholas Tarca
  • Dr Kien Tram
  • Dr Damien Townsend
  • Dr Phuc-Tam Andrew Trang
  • Dr Laura Turnbull
  • Dr Roopali Verma
  • Dr Raymond Yean
  • Dr Susan Zachariah

RACGP SA&NT Councillor: Dr Emma Knott

To continue our series of profiling RACGP SA&NT Councillors, this month, we place the spotlight on Dr Emma Knott.

Emma achieved a Bachelor of Medical Science and then studied medicine at Flinders University. She completed her internship and resident year at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and then began general practice training with Adelaide to Outback (AOGP). She achieved her RACGP Fellowship in February 2017.

Emma is passionate about advocating for doctors and while working as a hospital doctor, she was a member of several committees for doctors in training. She became an RACGP member in 2014, and later that year she became the Registrar Representative for the RACGP Membership Advisory Committee (MAC). She sat on the national RACGP Registrar Membership Advisory Committee (rMAC) for two years.

She joined the RACGP SA&NT Council in 2015 as the Registrar Representative, and has continued as a Council member ever since. She is currently the Deputy co-Chair of the RACGP SA&NT Council and is a member of the RACGP SA&NT New Fellows Committee.

In 2017, Emma started examining for the RACGP OSCE and in 2018 completed the RACGP Future Leaders program.

Emma encourages RACGP members, especially registrars and new Fellows, to become involved in the RACGP. It is a great way to develop a stronger understanding of how the RACGP operates and is an opportunity to network with other GPs. ‘I have attended many fantastic educational events run by the RACGP SA&NT and encourage other GPs to attend.’

On behalf of the RACGP SA&NT, we thank Dr Emma Knott for sharing her experience with us.

CPR training for the Sri Lankan community

RACGP SA&NT has implemented an innovative model of CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) training, whereby a core group of GP educators are accredited to deliver training to GPs and practice staff within their own practice.
Under the auspices of the GP CPR/BLS project, GP educators can also provide training to community members who would otherwise not undertake this training.

Recently, Dr Lalith Gamage, Paediatrician, and Dr Lawrie McArthur, GP Educator and member of the project’s academic committee, trained 11 members of the Sri Lankan community.
‘This was a very good basic life support course for the community. It built up my confidence learning in a friendly and professional atmosphere,’ said one of the participants.

Fellowship corner

A list of upcoming Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) pre-exam courses and key dates is available.

2019.1 Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Saturday 25 May 2019

SA&NT pre-exam courses and events

Key Feature Problem (KFP) pre-exam webinar series

Tuesdays 2, 9 and 16 April 2019

2019.1 OSCE preparation workshop – Adelaide

Saturday 6 April 2019

2019.1 OSCE evening tutorial series – Adelaide

Monday 8 April 2019
Monday 15 April 2019
Tuesday 23 April 2019
Monday 29 April 2019
Monday 6 May 2019
Monday 13 May 2019

2019.1 simulated OSCE workshop

Saturday 13 April 2019

2019.2 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and KFP preparation workshop

Saturday 4 May 2019

2019.2 AKT and KFP pre-exam workshop – Darwin

Saturday 11 May 2019

National news

2019 RACGP Awards nominations now open

Nominate your peers for an RACGP award for their exceptional work in general practice. The RACGP Awards celebrate the important contribution GPs make to the health of patients and communities across Australia. Nominations are now open for all state-based and honorary awards.
To help you engage with your community, the RACGP has developed support materials, including social media images, an email signature banner and a poster to promote nominations for your GPs and practice.

To access the materials and for further information, visit the RACGP Awards webpage.

Stay connected – Keep your details up to date

You may have relocated interstate or overseas, changed phone numbers or reduced your work hours to spend time with family.
To further help us provide a tailored membership service, please let us know if your working circumstances will be different for the upcoming 2019–20 financial year.
Log in to your RACGP account to update your details today.

Support GP19 in Adelaide

The RACGP clinical conference will return to Adelaide in 2019 and is set to be the leading general practice conference held in Australia this year.

The exceedingly popular clinical workshops will again be held at GP19 and will cover a variety of topics that are relevant to you. 

Some of the topics on the GP19 program include:

  • dermatology
  • ophthalmology
  • radiology
  • pain management
  • and many more.

What are some of the other clinical sessions being presented?

External news

SA Health update: How often do you get to cure a chronic disease?

Hepatitis C is curable, but many people are not receiving life‑saving, highly effective and tolerable therapies. The TEST CURE LIVE website encourages everyone to speak to their doctor about testing or a cure for Hepatitis C. 
This is the ideal time to audit your patients – recall anyone who has tested positive for hepatitis C, confirm infection and assess for treatment.
For more information, visit the TEST CURE LIVE website.
For options to support hepatitis C management, go to hepatitis C community prescribing on the SA Health website.
For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.

When establishing a practice, why is alignment so important?

What is alignment and why is it important in the context of establishing a general practice? William Buck’s Health Specialist Advisor, Tom Laundy explains.


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