August 2019

Chair report

Message from the RACGP SA&NT Chair – Dr Zakaria Baig

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter.


I would like to begin by congratulating our newly elected and re-elected members for their successful nominations in the RACGP SA&NT Council. Of the eight positions available, four members are new to the Council. I encourage all new members to actively participate in Council affairs and I look forward to working with them. At the same time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank retiring members for their hard work and dedication. The RACGP is grateful for your contributions to the organisation. 

RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting

This year, the RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting will take place on Saturday 24 August 2019 at the Adelaide Town Hall. This will directly precede the SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony. The new RACGP SA&NT Council will be introduced and there will be an outline of the achievements over the past year.

The meeting is complimentary for RACGP members, although registration is required. I strongly encourage members to attend this event.

2017–19 QI&CPD triennium

We are now rapidly approaching the end of the 2017–19 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) triennium. Over the coming weeks, RACGP SA&NT will be delivering many educational sessions, so I encourage you to take advantage of these events and ensure that you have met your QI&CPD requirements.

For more information about these events, please refer to the RACGP SA&NT events calendar.


I would also like to remind our members that GP19 is just around the corner and in our own backyard this year. As always, this highly anticipated event brings exciting opportunities for networking and education. I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Zakaria Baig

Calendar of events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2019

Dermatology for GPs

Saturday 10 August 2019

Oaks Elan, Darwin

RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting

Saturday 24 August 2019

Adelaide Town Hall

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony
(Registrations now closed)

Saturday 24 August 2019

Adelaide Town Hall

Wound management in general practice

Tuesday 27 August 2019

College House, North Adelaide

Important notifiable conditions

Tuesday 3 September 2019

College House, North Adelaide

NT Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

Saturday 7 September 2019

Hilton Darwin

Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions

Saturday 14 September 2019

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide

Events in the spotlight

Wound management in general practice

Tuesday 27 August 2019

This evening session will provide health professionals with up-to-date information, tools and strategies to provide appropriate wound management techniques, including chronic ulcers, acute wounds, burns, diabetic ulcers and cancer wound infections.
If you have any queries, please call Anjelica Nowak on 08 8267 8312 or email
Register now.

Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions

Saturday 14 September 2019

Assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries is a significant part of general practice. This interactive, one-day workshop will focus on the head, shoulders and knees and will cover:

  • diagnosis and management of concussion
  • examination and assessment of shoulders and knees
  • radiological investigations
  • the role of physiotherapy in rehabilitation.


Dr Sandy Kleinschmidt – General Practitioner
Dr Duncan Walker – Sports and Exercise Physician
Dr Jennifer Cowie – Radiologist
Mr Rick Beal – Physiotherapist
If you have any queries, please call Glenda Malkin on 08 8267 8332 or email
Register now.


Welcome new Fellows

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

  • Dr Lasath Hattotuwa
  • Dr Ann Yeoh

Invitation to RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting

2.00–2.30 pm, Saturday 24 August 2019

RACGP SA&NT members are invited to attend the RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall (prior to the SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony).

Please join us for the important annual meeting that will offer members a unique opportunity to meet the RACGP SA&NT Council. Professor Nigel Stocks, RACGP SA&NT Provost, will chair the meeting. Dr Peter Joseph, RACGP SA&NT Archivist, will outline the achievements of RACGP SA&NT over the past year.

The Member Meeting is complimentary, but registration is required.

Attendees are welcome to stay for the SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony and cocktail function following the Member Meeting to celebrate the achievements of our new Fellows and SA award winners. Charges apply for the ceremony and cocktail function.

If you have any queries regarding the Member Meeting, please call Rebecca Woodcock on 08 8267 8327 or email

Register now

Welcome new Council members

We would like to welcome the following members who were recently elected (or re-elected) to RACGP SA&NT Council for 2019–21:

  • Dr Zakaria Baig
  • Dr Alvin Chua
  • Dr Chris Clohesy
  • Dr Skye Curlis
  • Dr Shirley Fung
  • Dr Sian Goodson
  • Dr Emily Kirkpatrick
  • Dr Robert Menz

The following members will continue their term on the RACGP SA&NT Council:

  • Dr Farooq Ahmad
  • Dr James Allan
  • Dr Bronwyn Carson
  • Dr Rachel Chen
  • Dr Emma Knott
  • Dr Jaiveer Krishnan
  • Dr Natalie Payne
  • Dr Stratos Roussos
  • Prof Nigel Stocks
  • Dr Geeta Trehan

Dr Henri Becker, Dr Daniel Byrne, Dr Seema Jain, Prof Richard Reed, Dr Navtej Sandhu and Jarrod Hopkins (Medical Student Representative) have all retired from their roles. We thank them for their valued commitment to the RACGP SA&NT Council.

Incoming Council members will commence their term upon the close of the Member Meeting.

Staff changes in RACGP SA&NT office

Recently, the RACGP SA&NT farewelled Sally Clapp, Program Officer, who is now on maternity leave with her beautiful twin boys.

To replace Sally for the duration of her leave, we have welcomed Jackie Brandner. Jackie has recently relocated from Darwin and brings extensive skills and experience within the healthcare industry as a general manager of a large general practice group and as the Primary Care Support and Digital Health Program Manager at NT Primary Health Network.

Jackie will be responsible for the Pre-employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) program.

Anjelica Nowak has recently returned from maternity leave to her role as Events and Operations Administrator. We thank Susan Lyon for her contribution while Anjelica was on leave.

Fellowship corner

2019.2 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) results released

Wednesday 28 August 2019

2019.2 Key Feature Problem (KFP) results released

Wednesday 11 September 2019

2019.2 OSCE
(Enrolment period closes on Friday 13 September 2019)

Sunday 10 November 2019

2019.2 OSCE results released

Wednesday 18 December 2019

SA&NT pre-exam courses

2019.2 OSCE pre-exam course – Adelaide

Saturday 21 September 2019

2019.2 OSCE preparation workshop – Darwin 

Saturday 21 September 2019

2019.2 OSCE tutorial series – Adelaide

Monday 23 September 2019
Tuesday 24 September 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Monday 14 October 2019
Tuesday 15 October 2019

2019.2 simulated OSCE workshop – Darwin

Saturday 12 October 2019

National news

GP19 – A program designed to suit your learning needs

GP19 – Program highlights

The GP19 program has been designed to meet your learning needs. You will have access to a vast array of rich and varied educational content that is relevant to all stages of the general practitioner career.

Program highlights will include:
  • diabetes management
  • preventative activities in general practice
  • Quality Improvement Practice Incentives Program (QIPIP)
  • aged care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare
  • men's health
  • menopause.
Remember to enhance your learning experience at GP19 by attending one of 13 active learning module (ALMs) taking place on the pre-conference ALM day.

View the program.

Register now.

Attend an RACGP Rural workshop in Adelaide

Wednesday 23 October 2019

RACGP Rural invites you to attend an active learning module (ALM) accredited for 40 Category 1 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points and approved for the Rural Procedural Grants Program.

Rural hospital clinical simulation

Enhance your rural emergency medicine skills in seven hands-on simulated scenarios that reflect real rural and remote medical challenges. All scenarios are written and facilitated by experienced rural GPs from actual cases.

The workshop will be at held at the state-of-art Adelaide Health Simulation – the most technologically advanced simulation facility in Australasia.

Register now.

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound for rural GPs

Increase your understanding of point-of-care ultrasound applications in the diagnostic process. You will be introduced to basic techniques using advanced, high-end mobile ultrasound equipment and supervised through a rotation of five ultrasound skills workstations under the guidance of experts.

Register now.

External news

SA Health update

Viral Hepatitis Clinical Practice Consultants

SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch now routinely refers notifications of hepatitis B and hepatitis C to SA Health Viral Hepatitis Clinical Practice Consultants. Specialist nurses are then able to contact diagnosing clinicians and offer support to facilitate follow-up and provision of guideline-based care. 

Updated ‘National vaccine storage guidelines: Strive for 5’ is now available

This resource provides up-to-date information about safe vaccine storage and recommendations for effective vaccine storage management, including new supporting resources for immunisation providers.

Printed copies of the guidelines and supporting resources are being posted to immunisation providers.
For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.

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