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RACGP NSW&ACT newsletter

6 March 2019

Chair message

Message from the Chair, Assoc Prof Charlotte Hespe

Hello and welcome to the RACGP NSW&ACT March newsletter.

State and federal elections
While the weather is cooling down, things are heating up for the NSW and federal elections. Your RACGP NSW&ACT Executive Committee has put together a list of general practice priorities for the upcoming elections, including reducing out-of-pocket expenses, increasing funding for mental health services and greater integration of GPs into the hospital system. Letters explaining these priorities will be sent to all members of NSW Parliament and to key marginal seats to ensure general practice remains at the front of our political leaders’ minds. A similar campaign will be used in the lead up to the federal election.

The ACT has not been forgotten, with Charles Sleiman and myself recently able to meet with ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris to discuss key issues for ACT GPs.

Eric Fisher Award – Nominations now open
Nominations are open for the second year of the Eric Fisher Award. This award has been established to acknowledge a newly ratified Fellow who is committed to the wellbeing and self-care of themselves and their colleagues, and acknowledges the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to good health and patient care. The award will be announced at the 2019 Fellowship Ceremony, so if you would like to nominate a worthy recipient please submit your nomination.  

Finally, we remind all NSW and ACT GPs that 2019 is the final year of the current triennium. The RACGP remains partnered with NSW Health to roll out webinars and face-to-face events around NSW. I encourage you to visit the events page and register to get your Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points.

Learning and development

Upcoming events

Event Date Location QI&CPD
A guide to naloxone for GPs Wednesday 6 March 2019 Online Two Category 2
Discreet lives – HIV prevention Wednesday 13 March 2019 Online Two Category 2
Curing hepatitis C in your general practice Wednesday 13 March 2019 Parramatta Five Category 2
Curing hepatitis C in your general practice Wednesday 20 March 2019 Port Macquarie Five Category 2
Having conversations about healthy
growth in young children
Wednesday 20 March 2019 Online Two Category 2

NSW&ACT news and event

2019 Charles Bridges-Webb Oration

Friday 30 August 2019

RACGP NSW&ACT invites all members to the 2019 Charles Bridges-Webb Oration.

At the 2019 oration, Prof Susan Thompson will address the plague of chronic conditions that affect physical and mental wellbeing, and how they have become such intractable problems. Looking beyond primary factors like exercise, diet, stress control and social engagement, she will highlight the role environment plays in influencing a healthy lifestyle.

Prof Thompson will critically consider the ways in which our environment can be designed, planned and managed to support physical activity, connectedness and better health decisions. She will interrogate the challenges of our rising population and increasingly dense cities, advising on how medical practitioners can connect with urban planners to create healthy-built environments for the benefit of their patients who seek to be healthy as part of everyday living.

Find out more or register now.

Eric Fisher Award – Nominations now open

Established by the RACGP NSW&ACT New Fellows Committee, the Eric Fisher Award aims to acknowledge a newly ratified Fellow who is committed to the wellbeing and self-care of themselves and their colleagues, and acknowledges the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to good health and patient care.

If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient for this inaugural award, please complete the nomination form and submit it by Friday 26 July 2019. The winner will be invited and acknowledged at the 2019 RACGP NSW&ACT Fellowship and Awards Ceremony.

Submit your nomination.

ACT Real-time prescription monitoring – DORA

In response to the growing harms of pharmaceutical abuse, ACT Health will be introducing a real-time prescription-monitoring website for health professionals known as DAPIS Online Remote Access (DORA).

DORA will be operational from March 2019 – it is a secure website that allows prescribers and pharmacists to research information on their patient in relation to their previous supplies of controlled medicines. Any pharmacist or prescriber of controlled medicines may apply to access DORA to support ACT patient care.

From March 2019, prescribers and pharmacists will be able to apply to register for DORA via the DORA registration website.

For more information on ACT DORA, visit the ACT Health website.

National news and events

2019 RACGP Foundation grants and awards are now open

This year, RACGP Foundation is proud to offer 16 research grants and awards to GPs and registrars. With the support of its funding partners, the RACGP Foundation is able to provide these vital research grants each year.

The research conducted by the recipients of the RACGP Foundation grants contribute to advancing medical achievements within the general practice community.

You could play a vital role in shaping the health of Australia. RACGP Foundation is where general practice research begins.

Online applications will close on Monday 6 May 2019.

Quality improvement in your practice – Meeting the QI requirement

Every day, you and your practice team are working out ways to improve the quality of healthcare you provide to your patients.

If you can capture that improvement by describing, documenting and evaluating your practises, then you can use your experience to complete the quality improvement requirement for the QI&CPD 2017–19 triennium.

The following activity options capture quality improvement, such as:

  • small group learning (SGL)
  • clinical audit
  • general practice research
  • evidence-based medicine journal club (EBMJC)
  • supervised clinical attachment (SCA)
  • plan, do, study, act (PDSA)
  • planning learning and need (PLAN)
  • quality improvement reflection form.

The RACGP can support you with meeting your QI&CPD requirements. If you require assistance, please contact us.

National Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day is a time for all Australians to come together and commit to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Close the Gap campaign will partner with Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Services, South Western Sydney to host an exciting community event and launch our Annual Report.

For more information and to register your support, visit the ANTAR website.

Register now.

Express your interest – AGPT 2020 intake

Thinking about a career in general practice or know someone who is? Expressions of interest are now open for the 2020 intake of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program with the RACGP.

AGPT with the RACGP is a three to four year, full-time training program offered in metropolitan, rural, remote or very remote locations around Australia. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.

During the 2020 intake, RACGP applicants will be given the opportunity to express interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training through the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), while training towards RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP). 

Applications will open at 10.00 am AEDT, Monday 25 March 2019 and will close at 10.00 am AEST, Monday 28 April.

Express your interest to stay up to date with the latest information and resources.

NSW Health update

Have all your patients with hepatitis C risk factors been tested?

While blood-to-blood contact through unsterile injecting drug use is the most common route of transmission in Australia, hepatitis C risk factors are broad and the disease is frequently asymptomatic. For example, people from countries with high prevalence (Egypt, Pakistan, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Africa and Southern Asia) should be tested at least once.

Have patients with ongoing risk factors been re-tested?

Annual testing is recommended in some groups. Re-infection following spontaneous clearance or treatment is possible.

Have patients with a hepatitis C-antibody test been followed up with a HCV–RNA test?

If a positive diagnosis is made, you may receive follow-up from your local public health unit or specialist service to ensure a treatment plan is in place.

Strengthened tenancy laws for victims of domestic violence

From 28 February 2019, new tenancy laws in NSW will allow medical practitioners to help their patients escape domestic violence in a rented home. Medical practitioners can assist by making a declaration that will help a tenant end their lease immediately, without penalty.

The declaration must be in the form prescribed by the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010.

More information on the domestic violence reforms is available on the NSW Fair Trading website.

External news and events

GP Mental Health Forum

Saturday 30 March 2019

The School of Psychiatry (UNSW Sydney), in partnership with Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN), is hosting its inaugural GP Mental Health Forum.

The event will be held in the Tyree Room at the Scientia Building on the UNSW Kensington campus.

Highly qualified professionals will lead case-study discussions and share evidence-based information. You will receive newfound knowledge and practical tools to improve your clinical services related to mental health diagnoses, treatments and best practices.

This event is accredited for 10 Category 2 QI&CPD points with RACGP.

For more information and to register, please visit UNSW website.

Advanced HAZMAT life support’ course – Training for all healthcare professionals

Saturday to Monday 4–6 May 2019, Brisbane

'Advanced HAZMAT life support’ training courses for providers and instructors will be held in Brisbane at WADEM 2019.

The courses are taught by eminent international experts for 20 years in Australia. It is an excellent opportunity for anybody wishing to expand their training and knowledge with an internationally recognised qualification.

Find out more.

Life as a clinician scientist

The inaugural Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences NSW ‘Life as a Clinician Scientist’ symposium, will be held on Saturday 30 March 2019 at the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Following the success of the symposium in other states (with regular attendances of over 400 people), this will be the first year in NSW.

Numerous leading clinician researchers will discuss their clinical specialties –  you will have the opportunity to directly interact with them and to ask them your own questions.

In the afternoon, there will be a Q&A session with a panel of early-mid career clinician scientists. Learn how they are doing research alongside medicine, right now, as inspiration for your own research.

Tickets start at $15.

Register now.

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