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Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter.
With the new year rapidly approaching, it is a great time for us to reflect on the amazing year we shared as part of the RACGP SA&NT community.
In line with tradition, the SA Members’ Christmas party took place on 22 November at College House in North Adelaide. With over 200 attendees celebrating the evening, 70 of these were children who thoroughly enjoyed themselves with a number of activities, including a jumping castle, face painting and a magician’s engaging performance. Members and their families enjoyed food and drink, as well as a musical performance by JC Jazz offering the perfect opportunity for professional and social networking.
Highlights of the collegial calendar were the 2019 SA and NT Fellowship and Awards Ceremonies held in Adelaide and Darwin respectively. Combined across both events, there were around 500 attendees, including almost 100 new Fellows, five Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) recipients and exam award winners.
On the education front, RACGP SA&NT hosted a series of educational workshops that attracted over 1100 participants. We will continue to deliver our successful new webinars, workshops and learning opportunities throughout 2020. Keep an eye on the RACGP SA&NT events calendar as more events are added to the website.
Over the last 12 months, RACGP SA&NT has been working hard to implement new strategies to support our members with significant importance placed on the valuable relationship between GPs and the health and wellbeing of their patients. RACGP SA&NT increased its local advocacy to ensure a greater commitment to high quality and accessible services. Our areas of strategic focus included meeting with the Federal election candidates and the NT Minister for Health, engaging with the SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing, campaigning against the closure of SHINE SA sites and collaborating with stakeholders, such as Regional Training Organisations and Primary Health Networks.
RACGP’s national conference, GP19, was held in Adelaide last October. The event was a huge success with approximately 1700 delegates attending from all around the country. Highlights of the conference included over 100 clinical sessions across the four days, 13 active learning modules and seven CPR workshops. Next year, GP20 will be hosted in Perth; the following year, GP21 will take place in Auckland. I encourage you to attend these conferences.
I would like to thank you, our members, for supporting RACGP SA&NT throughout the past year. I look forward to working with you all in 2020. I wish you and all your families a Merry Christmas and happy new year. Happy holidays!
Dr Zakaria Baig
Chair, RACGP SA&NT
Correct reprocessing of reusable medical devices is vital for patient safety and to ensure uncontaminated pathology results.
This session is designed to inform participants on appropriate procedures for the cleaning and sterilisation of reusable medical equipment along with the correct documentation process. GPs, practice nurses and practice staff are welcome to attend.
Presented by Sylvia Morris (State Sterilising and Reusable Medical Device Reprocessing Coordinator, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health)
If you have any queries, please call Anjelica Nowak on 08 8267 8312 or email email@example.com
The RACGP SA&NT New Fellows Committee welcomes you to the 2020 New Fellows social event.
Incorporated into this social event is a celebration of the passions and talents of GPs beyond medicine and of the creative pursuits that promote relaxation and wellbeing, regenerate the spirit and renew the joy in our lives and work.
In a relaxed ‘no judgement’ zone, new Fellows are invited to display their talent or simply come along to experience what others have created. Use this opportunity to connect and network with other new Fellows, Council and Committee members and special guests.
We invite submissions for various works. We are accepting exhibits or performances, including but not limited to:
visual and digital art – painting, drawing, sculpture or photography
pre-recorded or live acts – dancing, drama, music or singing
poetry or short stories.
To exhibit or perform your talent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 2 March 2020. Please send the following details of your exhibit or performance:
photo and measurements of work to be exhibited
file(s) for pre-recorded performance or digital art, or
description of your live performance.
If you have any queries, please call Rebecca Woodcock on 08 8267 8327 or email email@example.com
Register to attend the social event.
Please note, the RACGP SA&NT office will close on Monday 23 December 2019 and will re-open on Monday 6 January 2020.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of RACGP SA&NT over the past 12 months. We look forward to working with you again in 2020.
RACGP SA&NT would love to hear about what you would like to see your local Faculty do for you.
We are currently planning our events calendar for 2020 and we are keen to hear your ideas.
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.
RACGP SA&NT is pleased to congratulate the following GPs who attained RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) in November:
This month, we place the spotlight on Dr Skye Curlis, Member of the RACGP SA&NT Council.
Dr Curlis received her Fellowship in 2011 and practises in the Littlehampton Medical Centre in the Adelaide Hills.
She was drawn to the breadth of general practice and the fact that no two days are the same. She loves the opportunities afforded to GPs to intervene early and keep people as healthy as they can be over their life span. She has particular interests in health promotion, chronic disease management and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Dr Curlis feels that ‘the greatest challenge for GPs is the complexity of the health system we work within. It can be difficult to navigate and it is not set up to facilitate easily the provision of good quality primary care’. She learned that it is important to be aware of the broader issues that shape the delivery of health services in Australia and the importance of having the support of colleagues.
During her role on the RACGP SA&NT Council, Dr Curlis would like to have a greater involvement in the processes that shape our health system. She is an advocate for quality improvement in general practice.
On behalf of RACGP SA&NT, we thank Dr Curlis for sharing her perspectives with us.
RACGP SA&NT member, Dr Caroline Phegan, has been appointed as the Clinical Lead for the Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network.
The Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network will primarily focus on developing new care options for South Australians who need to access time-sensitive care for an injury or illness in a non-Emergency Department setting.
Dr Phegan is currently a GP Consultant in Noarlunga Hospital Emergency Department and the Deputy Chair of the SA MET Accreditation Committee. She holds an MBA (Health) giving her a unique perspective of the health sector. Her career has spanned many facets of medicine, including hospital-based medicine, general practice in urban and rural areas, and medical advisor roles across private and public sectors, in particular the Department of Human Services in the Practice Review Program for Medicare Australia.
RACGP SA&NT congratulates Dr Phegan on her appointment to this new role.
From 1 January 2020, gplearning is moving to a new and improved Learning Management System, which you will be able to access through your account on the RACGP website.
The current gplearning will be available for a short period after the change of triennium, and you will be able to complete any 2017–19 triennium courses up until Wednesday 8 January 2020. After this date, access to the current gplearning will be discontinued.
This month's eHealth webinar series highlights the considerations that should be taken when taking clinical photos on such devices. In particular, they will provide an overview of potential hazards, consent, practice policies and procedures, data breaches and legalities.
While clinical photos are a useful tool, care is required to ensure patient privacy, particularly when photos are taken on a personal mobile device that belongs to the clinician and is used outside of the workplace.
Webinars are accredited for two Category 2 QI&CPD points and are free of charge for all participants.
Webinar recordings are available for viewing at the conclusion of each month’s sessions.
Following a marked increase of people colonised or infected with CPE, it is now a notifiable condition in South Australia. For more details, view Public Health Information.
ARF and RHD have higher prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Maori populations and migrant groups from developing countries compared to the general Australian population.
Rapid treatment is recommended for pharyngitis, skin sores, and fever / joint pain in high-risk populations with benzathine penicillin.
The RHD Australia website provides links to:
To organise funded post-exposure prophylaxis, please contact SA Health for all Australian bat lyssavirus and overseas rabies exposures.
For general information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.
Taking the step to owning a practice is both exciting, daunting among many other emotions, all at the same time. The path is different depending on whether you are joining an existing practice or starting your own.
Health finance expert Jennifer Rees at William Buck provides five key questions to ask yourself before you decide whether you are ready to own your own practice.
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