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12 December 2018

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

Welcome to the last edition of our newsletter for 2018.

It is hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by with us now in December. Christmas and the new year are just around the corner and I hope that you all enjoy the holidays with your friends and family. 

The members’ Christmas parties in both NT and SA were held recently and both were a great success. They were lovely evenings for our members and a great way to conclude 2018. I would like to thank everyone who attended, as well as those who helped organise the events.

Events in 2019

Planning for RACGP SA&NT 2019 events is now in full swing. On Tuesday 12 February, we will be hosting a ‘Sterilisation and infection control’ session at College House, North Adelaide. This session will review personal protective equipment, including a demonstration of the correct cleaning of tools for medical and surgical equipment.

The annual new Fellows social event will take place on Friday 22 February at The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide. This is a popular event every year for new Fellows (up to five years post-Fellowship) and a great opportunity for networking with peers.

On Saturday 16 March, RACGP SA&NT will be hosting an interactive, full-day session on ‘Common ear and nose presentations in general practice’ at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Topics to be covered include the assessment and management of dizziness, red flags for causes of vertigo, the investigative work required for hearing loss and how to remove foreign bodies in the ear and nose. This is likely to be a popular event for our members, so I encourage you to register early.

All of these events are a great opportunity to learn and enhance your skillset. I encourage you all to attend as many as you can. 

QI&CPD triennium requirements

I would also like to remind you all that 2019 is the final year of the triennium; therefore, I encourage you to ensure that you have met all of your Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) requirements throughout the year, including your CPR requirements. Please contact the RACGP SA&NT if you need any assistance.

Best wishes for the festive season and a happy new year. I look forward to speaking to you next year.

Dr Zakaria Baig


End of year office closure

Please note, the RACGP SA&NT office will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of RACGP SA&NT over the past 12 months. We look forward to working with you again in 2019.

Welcome new Fellows

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

  • Dr Anjalee Goyal
  • Dr Easmin Haque
  • Dr Divya Kannan
  • Dr Nihong Lou
  • Dr Ian Olszewski
  • Dr Patricia Porras Rodriguez
  • Dr Katherine Senior
  • Dr Syeda Shahyan

RACGP SA&NT events

RACGP SA&NT upcoming events calendar 2019

The upcoming RACGP SA&NT events are listed below. Up-to-date listings are available on the RACGP SA&NT events page.

Sterilisation and infection control

Tuesday 12 February 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

New Fellows social event

Friday 22 February 2019

The Lion Hotel,
North Adelaide

Emergency update for practice nurses

Tuesday 26 February 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Chronic pain

Tuesday 5 March 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Common ear and nose presentations in general practice

Saturday 16 March 2019

Hotel Grand
Chancellor, Adelaide

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update: CPR for GPs

Tuesday 19 March 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update: CPR for GPs

Thursday 28
March 2019


Emergency update for practice staff

Tuesday 9 April 2019

College House,
North Adelaide


Sterilisation and infection control

Tuesday 12 February 2019

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.

This session, presented by Sylvia Morris (State Sterilising and Reusable Medical Device Reprocessing Coordinator, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health) is suitable for GPs, practice nurses and practice staff.

If you have any queries, please call Susan Lyon on 08 8267 8315 or email

Register now.

New Fellows social event

Friday 22 February 2019

RACGP SA&NT is delighted to invite SA new Fellows (up to five years post-Fellowship) to the annual new Fellows social event.

Complimentary registration includes beverages, cocktail food and networking with guests.


  • Dr Holly Deer – GP and 2018 RACGP SA&NT and National General Practice Supervisor of the Year
  • Dr Lane Hinchcliffe – Principal GP and practice owner
  • Dr Sunita Thavarajadeva – Founding GP, Mawson Lakes Healthcare, 2018 RACGP SA&NT General Practice of the Year
  • Mr Prashiba Thavarajadeva – Practice Manager and Director, Mawson Lakes Healthcare

For more information, please call Rebecca Woodcock on 08 8267 8327 or email

Register now.

Common ear and nose presentations in general practice

Saturday 16 March 2019

This full-day, hands-on workshop will cover the assessment and management of ear infections, ear pain, nasal obstruction and foreign bodies, vertigo and undifferentiated dizziness, ear and nose trauma and hearing loss.


  • Dr Leslie Shaw – Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
  • Ms Edwina Reid – Neurophysiotherapist
  • Mr Ron Kendall – Audiologist

If you have any queries, please call Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email

Register now.

Fellowship corner

Assessment calendar 2018–19

A list of upcoming Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) exam-related events and key dates is available below. Up-to-date listings of the FRACGP exams are now available.

2018.2 OSCE results released

Monday 17 December 2018

2019.1 Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam 

Friday 1 February 2019

2019.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam 

Saturday 2 February 2019

2019.1 AKT results released

Wednesday 20 March 2019

2019.1 KFP results released

Wednesday 27 March 2019

SA pre-exam courses and events

2019.1 OSCE preparation workshop

Saturday 6 April 2019

NT pre-exam courses and events

2019.1 OSCE pre-exam workshop

Saturday 30 March 2019

National news and events

Do you have regular practice meetings? You may be eligible to meet your quality improvement requirement

Do you meet with other GPs or health professionals with the purpose of discussing clinical cases, near misses and the latest research?

Did you know that if these meetings are set up in accordance with the QI&CPD small group learning guidelines, you may be eligible for 40 Category 1 points and meet your quality improvement requirement?

For more information on the criteria for small group learning activities, please view the RACGP QI&CPD 2017–19 triennium handbook or contact your local QI&CPD team.

External news and opportunities*

SA Health update: Death from a notifiable condition

Under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, medical practitioners and laboratories are required to notify SA Health of cases suspected of having or being diagnosed with specified infections or diseases.

Notification is also required if a notifiable infection or disease has caused or contributed to the death of a person – even if the condition has already been notified.  

View the full list of notifiable conditions.

For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) webpage or call 1300 232 272.

New superannuation changes

Some significant changes have come into effect from 1 July 2018 regarding ‘catch up’ concessional contributions and the ability to turn off Super Guarantee.

To be aware of the key superannuation changes, visit the William Buck website.

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