September 2019

Chair report

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

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter. This year has flown by, with us now heading towards warmer weather.

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

The SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony was held last month in Adelaide Town Hall. The event was fantastic and it was great to recognise the achievements of our new Fellows and award recipients. We were glad to see so many family and friends there to celebrate with all of you.

RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting

This year was the first time we amalgamated our annual Member Meeting with the Fellowship and Awards Ceremony. Feedback from members suggested that this was a huge success. Not only did this provide the opportunity for members to celebrate with our new Fellows, but it was also an excellent experience for our new Fellows to hear about RACGP SA&NT activities. 

RACGP SA&NT Council elections

RACGP SA&NT held its Council elections recently. As result, we now have six new Council members. With the support of my fellow counsellors, I am re-elected as Chair for the RACGP SA&NT Council for another term. I look forward to working with the team to serve the profession and advocate for general practice.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the retiring Council members. Their voluntary work for general practice is much appreciated.


With GP19 fast approaching, I am getting very excited to welcome delegates from around Australia to Adelaide. Highlights of this year’s conference will include the inaugural RACGP PitchFest – a special event where innovative solutions to a challenge experienced in Australian healthcare are pitched to a judging panel, and a facilitated panel discussion on Voluntary Assisted Dying, including the role of the GP, safeguards for GPs, healthcare professionals and patients, and learnings from the overseas experience.

This year’s program is filled with opportunities to hear from exceptional speakers, and to participate in practical sessions with take-away skills to implement in your everyday practice. Visit the GP19 website to see the full program. I hope to see you all there.

End of 2017–19 QI&CPD triennium approaching

Lastly, a reminder that there are only four months remaining of the 2017–19 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) triennium. I encourage you to view your triennium statement and work towards completing any outstanding requirements. Take a look at the RACGP SA&NT events calendar below for possible opportunities.
Dr Zakaria Baig

Calendar of events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2019

NT Fellowship and Awards Ceremony Saturday 7 September 2019 Hilton Darwin

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)   (Booked out)

Tuesday 10 September 2019 College House, North Adelaide
Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions Saturday 14 September 2019 Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide
Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound Wednesday 23 October 2019 Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, Adelaide
Rural hospital clinical simulation Wednesday 23 October 2019 Adelaide Health Simulation, Adelaide
Emergency update for practice staff
(Booked out)
Tuesday 29 October 2019 College House, North Adelaide
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
Webinar: Iron deficiency management – Oral vs IV Tuesday 19 November 2019 Online
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) 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

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 Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email
Register now.


Welcome new Fellows

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

Dr Jennifer An
Dr Thi Ha Aung
Dr Okka Aye Min
Dr Geordie Beath
Dr Muhammad Butt
Dr Erin Carroll
Dr Senthil Chengoden
Dr Tawanda Chiputa
Dr Mohammad Choudhury
Dr Mark Daley
Dr Daniel De Mello
Dr Fiona De Meyrick
Dr Jared Frampton
Dr Afshan Furqan
Dr Bronwyn Gordon
Dr Win Win Han

Dr Yuhe Han
Dr Sarah Howells
Dr David Hsieh
Dr Darren Jewell
Dr Chunli Jiang
Dr Nele Leenders
Dr Jee Ken Mah
Dr Sameer Mahajan
Dr Manal Mohammed
Dr Lucie Monet
Dr Yuya Naing
Dr Swadhin Paul
Dr Kanugalawattage Perera
Dr Nishant Ranjan
Dr Muhammad Saeed

Dr Lovely Saha
Dr Naif Saigol
Dr Aathi Selvanayagam
Dr Vimalan Selvaratnam
Dr Fahad Shah
Dr Manu Surendranathen Nath
Dr Sudheer Talari
Dr Sara Toonson
Dr Swe Tun
Dr Ihtisham Ul-Haq
Dr Alexandra Waddell
Dr Stefan Wajs
Dr Yanxin Wang
Dr Kekunahinna Weerasekara
Dr Louise Williams

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

RACGP SA&NT is pleased to acknowledge 79 new Fellows, four examination award winners and the RACGP SA&NT award winners at the SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony held at the Adelaide Town Hall on Saturday 24 August 2019. Dr Harry Nespolon, RACGP President, presented the awards in front of around 400 guests.

Dr Mark Miller, former RACGP Censor in Chief, delivered a very inspiring address to the new Fellows. Dr Frank Maldari presented the Clifford J Jungfer Oration, encouraging GPs to ‘aspire to be the best (they) can’, and to ‘inspire others to do the same’.

For the first time, the RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting was incorporated into the event. Prof Nigel Stocks, RACGP SA&NT Provost, acknowledged the new and retiring Council members and provided an overview of the achievements within the faculty throughout the last 12 months. Dr Peter Joseph, RACGP SA&NT Historian, addressed the audience with a summary of the changes in our publications and communications since the 1950s.

Fellowship corner

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 preparation workshop – Adelaide Saturday 21 September 2019
2019.2 OSCE preparation course – 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
2020.1 AKT and KFP preparation workshop – Adelaide Saturday 30 November 2019
2020.1 AKT and KFP preparation workshop – Darwin Saturday 30 November 2019

National news

GP19 registrar Facebook photo competition winners

Thank you to all of our registrar members who entered the 'GP19 registrar Facebook photo competition'. We loved seeing your entries that showed us your passion for general practice through photos and captions! However, we could only choose three winning submissions.

Congratulations to:

5d384993e3baa-NathanLam-PhotoEntry.jpgDr Nathan Lam, SA: 'To care for someone in general practice involves all of what makes us human. I feel like I work in the intersection of creativity, pragmatism, humour, philosophy and diversity.'


5d2eff40155b2-lauraatworkinbright.jpg Dr Laura Harris, VIC: 'It’s the perfect blend of challenge, variety, advocacy and humility. It keeps me on my toes and lets me make a difference in my community.'

5d2c523ad1595-IMG_20190715_152013_exported_8304937161697120962.jpg Dr Mitchell Walmsley, QLD: 'I chose to be a GP to provide comprehensive family healthcare. From antenatal to geriatrics, providing proactive care and building relationships with the local community.'

You’re all on your way to GP19!

Mitchell, Laura and Nathan have all won return flights, accommodation and full registration to the GP19 Conference in Adelaide from Thursday to Saturday 24–26 October 2019.

If you would like to attend the RACGP GP19 Conference, you can view the program on the GP19 website.

Register now.

External news

SA Health update: Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus exposures

GPs who see patients following possible exposure to rabies virus or Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) are asked to discuss post-exposure prophylaxis with the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB).
If indicated, CDCB will arrange the delivery of the rabies vaccine (and rabies immunoglobulin [HRIG], if required) to the general practice at no cost to the patient. Do not write a private prescription, as rabies vaccine and HRIG are not readily available through community pharmacies.

For more information, go to Reporting an exposure to rabies or Australian bat lyssavirus and Rabies virus and other lyssavirus exposures for health professionals webpages, which include a short video on infiltrating a wound with HRIG.  
For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.

Doctors for doctors training

Saturday 2 November 2019

Doctors’ Health SA invites interested and experienced GPs to its annual ‘Doctors for doctors’ training seminar. This highly rated one-day seminar has been running for over ten years. The program has a strong focus on doctors’ health, self-care and treating colleagues.
Education topics

  • Strategies to optimise the doctor–doctor consultation
  • Managing the drug or alcohol-affected doctor to ensure their safety
  • Approach for clinical assessment of the cognitively impaired older doctor
  • Different approaches to assessing the mentally unwell doctor
  • The current obligations under the current mandatory notification laws

If you are interested in attending or have any queries regarding the seminar, please contact Doctors’ Health SA Program Manager, Kiara Cannizzaro.
For more information about Doctors’ Health SA, visit the website.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.

The Advance Project: Specifically designed to support Australian GPs and general practices^

A free suite of training and resources aims to enable you and your practice teams to deliver better primary healthcare through team-based initiation of advance care planning and palliative care.

  • Specifically designed to support Australian GPs and general practices
  • A practical, evidence-based toolkit and training package
  • Enabling earlier consideration and uptake of advance care planning
  • Implementing advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice
  • Mentoring support for implementation
  • Certificate for accreditation for four Category 2 CPD points on completion.
Online training is also available for general practice nurses and practice managers endorsed by the relevant professional associations.

For more information or to register for online training and resources, visit The Advance Project website.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

^Paid contribution.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.

Rural/remote clinicians needed for antenatal ultrasound-needs analysis survey^

The University of South Australia‘s (UniSA) Healthy Newborn Project is calling for healthcare clinicians (GPs, midwives, nurses and community workers) who provide antenatal care, with or without ultrasound, to participate in a survey investigating the use of antenatal ultrasound in rural and remote Australian communities.
A $1000 prize/scholarship random draw is offered for participation.
The data collected will provide evidence to inform governments of potential solutions to improve maternal and foetal wellbeing. Feedback from frontline healthcare professionals is vital to this process.
Complete the survey.
^Paid contribution.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.

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It’s free for RACGP members.

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