November 2019

Chair report

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

Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter.
It is hard to believe we are now in the final months of 2019. We are proud of all the work we have been able to accomplish at the RACGP and are excited for the remaining events of the year.


Last month, we held the highly anticipated GP19 in Adelaide. The event was an even bigger success than any of us could have imagined. It was incredible to see so many GPs together, not only learning together, but also forming friendships with one another. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to put together such an amazing event. It was truly one of the best conferences I have had the pleasure of being a part of. I look forward to seeing you next year at GP20 in sunny Perth! 

GP19 Convocation

During the GP19 Convocation, Dr Rebekah Hoffman put a motion forward by proposing the idea of ‘A GP for every doctor’. This motion was accepted and the RACGP will support and promote the need for every doctor in Australia to have their own GP. The RACGP firmly believes this is a great initiative to protect the health of all doctors who often work incredibly hard and may neglect their own health. 

Leadership changes for the RACGP Board

The RACGP’s 62nd Board met at GP19 in Adelaide to elect RACGP Board members following the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Among other changes, Former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner and third-year RACGP Board member, Christine Nixon was elected as the Chair of the 62nd Board. Read the full details about the 62nd RACGP Board

Farewell to Dr Zena Burgess

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Zena Burgess, our outgoing CEO. Dr Burgess has worked with RACGP for the last 12 years, and during this time has advocated vigorously for GPs throughout Australia. Her hard work and vision for the future of RACGP allowed the RACGP to become the largest specialist medical college in Australia. Dr Burgess has accomplished a huge amount for the RACGP and I would like to thank her for her hard work over the years. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
Dr Zakaria Baig

Calendar of events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2019

Emergency update for practice nurses Tuesday 12 November 2019 College House, North Adelaide
Eye conditions: A closer look Saturday 16 November 2019 Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide
Dermatology for GPs Saturday 16 November 2019 NT PHN, Alice Springs
Webinar: Iron deficiency management – Oral vs IV (Booked out) Wednesday 20 November 2019 Online
SA Members’ Christmas party Friday 22 November 2019 College House, North Adelaide
Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)   (Booked out) Tuesday 26
November 2019
College House, North Adelaide
Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs) Thursday 28
November 2019
NT PHN, Winnellie
Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)  (Booked out) Tuesday 3
December 2019
College House, North Adelaide
Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs) Tuesday 10
December 2019
College House, North Adelaide

Events in the spotlight

Eye conditions: A closer look

Saturday 16 November 2019
Identification and appropriate management of acute eye injuries, infection and progressive vision loss are essential skills for GPs. This full-day workshop will cover a number of ocular conditions including:
  • red eye
  • glaucoma
  • squints in children
  • ocular emergencies and injuries.
 If you have any queries, please call Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email
Register now.

SA Members' Christmas party

Friday 22 November 2019

RACGP SA&NT is delighted to invite members and their families to attend the 2019 Members’ Christmas party.

Help us celebrate the festive season and acknowledge the achievements of the past year. This event will incorporate children’s entertainment, a special appearance by Santa, music and much more. Cocktail food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, please call Elaine Dalby on 08 8267 8362 or email

Register now.   


Welcome new Fellow

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

  • Dr Darcie Barry-Keen

Wrap-up of GP19: Your patients. Your community. Your solutions.

The RACGP was very pleased to welcome more than 1700 delegates from all around the country to RACGP’s annual conference for general practice – GP19 at the Adelaide Convention Centre recently.

Highlights of the conference

  • Over 100 clinical sessions across the four days
  • 13 active learning modules and seven CPR workshops
  • Plenary sessions with focus on the role of artificial intelligence in medicine, voluntary assisted dying and an overview of the patient of the future
  • An array of topics, including gastroenterology, ophthalmology, dermatology, paediatrics, geriatric health, pain management and more
  • PitchFest, where medical professionals were able to pitch their innovative solutions to a challenge they have seen or experienced in Australian healthcare to a group of expert judges 
Looking ahead, GP20 will be held in Perth, Western Australia. In 2021, members will be able to ‘cross the ditch’ to attend GP21 in Auckland, New Zealand.

National award winners in SA

A number of South Australians were honoured at the national awards ceremony, including the General Practitioner of the Year, General Practice Supervisor of the Year and the Rose-Hunt award, RACGP’s highest accolade.
Rose-Hunt Award: Dr Mark Miller

Dr Mark Miller was named the recipient of the 2019 Rose-Hunt Award. The Rose-Hunt Award was presented to an RACGP Fellow or member who, in the opinion of the RACGP Board, has rendered outstanding service in the promotion of the RACGP objectives by individual patient care, organisation, education, research or any other means.

Dr Miller is a valuable member of his local community in the Fleurieu Peninsula town of Goolwa. He is an educator for up and coming GPs and he has an insurmountable list of accomplishments within the RACGP. He is a highly deserved recipient of this award.
General Practitioner of the Year: Dr David Lam

Recognised as the General Practitioner of the Year, Dr David Lam is honoured to serve the rural community of Port Lincoln. He is passionate about ensuring that all Australians receive the same standard of treatment and healthcare, regardless of age, gender, race or location. As a new Fellow, he is an inspiration to other GPs of all ages and experience.

General Practice Supervisor of the Year: Dr Raphael Torome

Dr Raphael Torome has been a supervisor in the general practice program since 2008 and is a highly respected mentor. He commenced his career working in Kenya, Somalia and South Africa and for almost 20 years has worked at the Barmera Medical Clinic in the Riverland region. He has been highly commended for his very knowledgeable and supportive approach and his significant commitment to training.

General Practice of the Year: Hawkins Medical Clinic

Almost making a clean sweep of the national awards, Hawkins Medical Clinic was recognised as the General Practice of the Year. This practice’s achievement will be officially acknowledged in Brisbane at the 2020 Practice Owners National Conference in May.

RACGP SA&NT Councillor spotlight: Dr Bronwyn Carson

This month, we place the spotlight on Dr Bronwyn Carson, Deputy Chair of the RACGP SA&NT Council, located in Darwin.

Dr Carson practices at the Cavenagh Medical Centre, a mainstream practice in Darwin and is also the Director of Training for Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE).

Following a career in Public Health research, Dr Carson was a late starter in general practice. She was attracted to the diversity of general practice and the ability to structure a work life that has influence in different spheres. She appreciates the privilege of being allowed into people’s lives, often at their more vulnerable moments and to share their goals, aspirations and struggles.

When asked if there was one thing that she has learnt in her general practice career that could benefit other GPs, she says ‘it is to never presume’. Never presume that we understand the lived experience of a patient, their worldview or priorities. Never presume that we will know what will work best.’

As Deputy Chair of the RACGP SA&NT Council, Dr Carson is grateful for the opportunity to influence policy and to be an agent for change. She is concerned that the wider Australian society does not understand that general practice is currently in a precarious position with a low percentage of medical graduates choosing this specialty. Dr Carson believes that ‘robust, universally accessible primary healthcare is crucial for a functional and economical healthcare system’.

On behalf of RACGP SA&NT, we thank Dr Carson for sharing her story with us.

Fellowship corner

Exam dates

2019.2 OSCE Sunday 10 November 2019
2019.2 OSCE results released Wednesday 18 December 2019


SA&NT pre-exam courses

SA&NT Key Feature Problem (KFP) online pre-exam webinar series

Thursday 21 November 2019
Thursday 28 November 2019
Thursday 5 December 2019

2020.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and KFP preparation workshop – Adelaide Saturday 30 November 2019
2020.1 AKT and KFP preparation workshop – Darwin Saturday 30 November 2019

External news

SA Health update: More measles in Australia

Most Australian jurisdictions continue to see increased numbers of measles, many linked to the current New Zealand outbreak. The last case notified in South Australia was in August.

The measles vaccine should be offered to anyone who is not immune to measles, especially if travelling overseas. See the Australian Immunisation Handbook to assess your patient’s immune status.

If you suspect measles, take a throat swab (preferred sample) and urine if possible for urgent measles polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing through SA Pathology. Collect these samples in your surgery. To minimise transmission of measles, do not refer suspected cases to pathology collection centres.

Urgently notify any patient with suspected measles to the Communicable Disease Control Branch on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days) without waiting for laboratory results. The recent Public Health Alert has more details on minimising measles transmission.

For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.

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Ensuring quality mental health training in the new triennium

Introducing the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) Mental Health Training Standards 2020–22.

The GPMHSC has launched the revised GP Mental Health Training Standards (MHTS) 2020–22 to support the development and uptake of high-quality mental health and focused psychological strategies skills training for GPs into the new triennium.

The GPMHSC is funded by the Federal Department of Health as part of the ‘Better access to psychiatrists, psychologists and general practitioners through the MBS’ (Better Access) initiative to accredit and promote mental health training and continuing professional development for GPs.

View the MHTS 2020–22 standards.  

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