December 2019

Chair report

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

Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter.

2019 year in review

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.

SA Members’ Christmas party

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.

2019 highlights

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.

Season's greetings!

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


Calendar of events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2020

Sterilisation and infection control Tuesday 11 February 2020 College House, North Adelaide
Emergency update for practice staff (Booked out) Tuesday 18 February 2020 College House, North Adelaide
Webinar: Polypharmacy Wednesday 26 February 2020 Online
New Fellows social event – The neXt Factor Friday 20 March 2020 The Kentish, North Adelaide
Dermatology for GPs Saturday 21 March 2020 Darwin (venue TBA)
Emergency management – BLS / CPR for GPs Tuesday 31 March 2020 College House, North Adelaide

Events in the spotlight

Sterilisation and infection control

Tuesday 11 February 2020

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

Register now.

New Fellows social event – The neXt factor

Friday 20 March 2020

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 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

Register to attend the social event.


End-of-year office closure

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.

Important member feedback

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 with your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome new Fellows

RACGP SA&NT is pleased to congratulate the following GPs who attained RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) in November:

  • Dr Neil Bartlett
  • Dr Jordan Breed
  • Dr Thant Htut
  • Dr Amirreza Jourabchi
  • Dr Ken Lian
  • Dr Christopher McLean
  • Dr Richard Taverner

RACGP SA&NT Councillor spotlight: Dr Skye Curlis

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.

Statewide Urgent Care Clinical Network appointment: Dr Caroline Phegan

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.

Fellowship corner

Exam dates

2019.2 OSCE results released Wednesday 18 December 2019
2020.1 Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam
(enrolments now closed)
Friday 7 February 2020
2020.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam
(enrolments now closed)
Saturday 8 February 2020
2020.1 KFP results released Wednesday 18 March 2020
2020.1 AKT results released Thursday 2 April 2020
2020.1 Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
(enrolments close on Monday 6 April 2020)
Saturday 23 May 2020

SA&NT pre-exam courses

2020.1 OSCE preparation workshop – Adelaide Saturday 4 April 2020
2020.1 OSCE pre-exam workshop – Darwin Saturday 18 April 2020
2020.1 Simulated OSCE – Darwin Saturday 9 May 2020

External news

SA Health update

New notifiable condition: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE)

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.

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD)

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:

Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis

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.

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