Welcome to the first newsletter for 2019.
I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas and great holidays, and that you have entered the new year feeling well rested. 2019 will be an exciting year for the RACGP – there are many engaging activities planned for the year ahead.
I would like to remind you all that 2019 is the final year of the Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) triennium. Most of you have already completed your CPD requirements, but if you have not, it is important to do so by the end of this year. There are plenty of opportunities to do this, including many online options. Face-to-face assistance from the RACGP SA&NT QI&CPD Coordinator is available for anybody who has yet to complete their requirements. Please contact the RACGP SA&NT office for further details.
GP19 will be held in Adelaide this year. I recommend you to save the dates (Thursday to Saturday 24–26 October) for this event. GP19 brings GPs from across Australia together and is a great opportunity to learn. Considering it is in our state this year, it is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of this and make GP19 a successful event.
Schedule 8 medications reminder
There have been some recent changes to the authority-granting process for schedule 8 stimulant medications for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is something you may wish to familiarise yourself with. Refer to the SA Health article below with further details.
On Tuesday 12 February, the RACGP is holding a ‘Sterilisation and infection control’ education session at College House. On Wednesday 13 February, there will also be an online webinar for international medical graduates on ‘The do’s and don’ts of medical documentation’, which is complimentary for all members. Please refer to the RACGP SA&NT events page and the calendar below for more education opportunities.
I hope you have had a great start to the new year and are keeping cool this month.
Dr Zakaria BaigChair, RACGP SA&NT
RACGP SA&NT is pleased to congratulate the following GPs who attained RACGP Fellowship in January:
At the 2018 Members Christmas party held at College House in December, Dr Elizabeth Miller was acknowledged as the 2018 recipient of the McCleave Thompson award.
The McCleave/Thompson Award was established in 2004 in honour of RACGP members Dr Noel McCleave and Dr David Thompson. Dr McCleave and Dr Thompson played a pivotal role in RACGP SA&NT’s growth and were especially influential in many of the successful initiatives. Each year, the McCleave/Thompson Award has been presented to an SA&NT member in recognition of their outstanding and selfless service to the RACGP.
Dr Elizabeth Miller (or Beth as she is more commonly known) has displayed outstanding dedication and support to RACGP SA&NT and the profession over a number of years.
She lives and works in the Fleurieu Peninsula town of Goolwa with her husband, former Censor in Chief, Dr Mark Miller. Much of Beth’s time and focus is on education, both in her practice and beyond.
Beth has been a long-serving examiner with RACGP SA&NT and is currently a Quality Assurance examiner. In 2004–05, she was the SA Assessment Panel Chair. She is also involved in the RACGP SA&NT CPR ‘Train the trainer’ program. She is a medical educator with GPEx, both in metropolitan and regional areas.
Beth and Mark’s practice has a strong teaching ethos with students and registrars involved in the practice. They both believe that professionalism means putting teaching and learning first and working in a spirit of cooperation and generosity for the benefit of the community.
We are very grateful to Beth for her dedication to the profession and her continued service to RACGP SA&NT.
We were very fortunate to have Dr David Thompson at the event to present the award to Beth.
Dr Robert Wight, one of our highly esteemed RACGP SA&NT Life Members was acknowledged in the 2019 Australia Day Honours list. Dr Wight was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine through a range of roles.
Dr Wight has been a GP with Beach Road Surgery, Christies Beach since 1979.
Other notable roles throughout his career have included:
On behalf of RACGP SA&NT, we congratulate Dr Wight on his OAM award.
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 - FULL
Tuesday 12 February 2019
College House,North Adelaide
Medico-legal: 'The do's and don'ts' of medical documentation
Wednesday 13February 2019
New Fellows social event
Friday 22 February 2019
The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide
Emergency update for practice nurses
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Combined colleges career night
Wednesday 6March 2019
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
Thursday 28 March 2019
NT PHN, Winnelliie
Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound for GPs
Saturday 6 April 2019
Emergency update for practice staff
Tuesday 9 April 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.
For more information, please call Rebecca Woodcock on 08 8267 8327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In this general practice education session, Dr Chris Holmwood, Addiction Medicine Specialist, will address clinical resources available for assessing, managing and monitoring people with chronic pain, using pharmalogical and non-pharmalogical methods and will consider a systematic approach to pain management.
If you have any queries, please call Susan Lyon on 08 8267 8315 or email email@example.com
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Final-year medical students, post-graduate Year 1s (PGY1s) and PGY2s are invited to the annual college career evening at Morphettville Racecourse.
There will be presentations by senior representatives and trainees on behalf of each college and the opportunity to ask questions during the exhibition.
For more information and to register, visit the career evening webpage.
This full-day, interactive and 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.
If you have any queries, please call Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2019.1 AKT results released
Wednesday 20 March 2019
2019.1 KFP results released
Wednesday 27 March 2019
NT pre-exam courses and events
2019.1 OSCE preparation course – Darwin
Saturday 30 March 2019
2019.1 simulated OSCE workshop – Darwin
Saturday 13 April 2019
SA pre-exam courses and events
2019.1 OSCE preparation workshop – Adelaide
As we enter the final year of the 2017–19 QI&CPD triennium, now is a great time to review your progress and complete any outstanding requirements.
As a reminder, the 2017–19 triennium requires a minimum of 130 QI&CPD points comprising:
If you are unsure of the current state of your progress, you can view it online:
We encourage you to be pro-active and avoid rushing to complete tasks. There is still a whole year ahead, but we encourage you not to leave things to the last minute.
For more information on the QI&CPD 2017–19 triennium, visit the RACGP website. For further support, contact our QI&CPD team.
This year, RACGP Foundation is proud to offer 16 research grants and awards to GPs and registrars. Up to half a million dollars is available in general practice research funding. You could play a vital role in shaping the health of Australia.
RACGP Foundation is where general practice research begins.
Online applications will open on Tuesday 5 March 2019.For more information, visit the RACGP Foundation website.
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Close the Gap campaign was established over a decade ago to work towards closing the health gap and achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation. It has transformed from a popular movement into a force that has shaped government policy.
But, there is more to be done!
You can join in and support change during the National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 21 March 2019.
To participate, you can:
No matter how big or small, every action is important to help raise awareness.
For more information and advice, visit the Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation website or email RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Vaccination for people with functional or anatomical asplenia
The Australian immunisation handbook has a table with recommendations for vaccination in people with functional or anatomical asplenia, including updated meningococcal ACWY and B vaccine recommendations.
Elective splenectomy patients should receive all extra vaccines by two weeks prior to the scheduled operation date, if possible. People having unplanned splenectomy should start receiving extra vaccines one week after the splenectomy.
GPs are encouraged to check the vaccination records for all patients with functional or anatomical asplenia and offer recommended vaccinations that have not already been given.
For more information on communicable diseases, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch website or call 1300 232 272.
Policy change: Granting of authorities to prescribe medications for the treatment of ADHD
SA Health’s Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU) is responsible for monitoring and regulating the use of drugs of dependence, including schedule 8 stimulants, to ensure the safe delivery of authorised treatment and to minimise harmful effects of drug misuse, diversion and dependence.
In SA, the Controlled Substances legislation requires a prescriber to hold an authority to prescribe drugs of dependence for each patient after two months of treatment.
In 2018, the DDU regulatory approach to assessing stimulant applications was updated to better reflect a risk-based assessment of the potential public health harms associated with their legitimate use enabling the identification of high-risk cases and the implementation of controls to manage these risks.
For low-risk, stable patients, SA Health DDU:
- may grant authorities to GPs if the GP is willing to prescribe
- no longer requires an annual psychiatrist review for ongoing authority, and
- may approve authorities for up to five years.
SA Health DDU’s renewed focus on the potential public health risks aims to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden on psychiatrists, GPs and patients. It will also allow the DDU to better target its effort on patients at greatest risk of harm.
Student numbers at the Flinders University’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program have increased. To support these numbers, more tutors are required. GPs and registrars are best placed to deliver the teaching.
Would you like to become a tutor?
Details are as follows:
For more information, please email the Flinders MD Program Year 1 and 2 Theme Coordinator via email@example.com
How do I start the conversation when valuing a practice? What features represent value for a prospective purchaser? How is a price usually agreed?
Health Specialist Advisor, Tom Laundy, explains the valuation process when buying a practice on the William Buck website.
The new Lived Experience Telephone Support Service provides access to after hours mental health support to people living in the Adelaide metropolitan area and their carers.
Benefits include peer-to-peer support, information to understand mental health, support to navigate the mental health system, support for friends, family and carers and follow up or wellbeing checks by request.
This free service is available between 5.00–11.30 pm, 365 days a year. To chat with a lived experience peer worker, call 1800 013 755, chat online or email LETSS@skylight.org.au
Grow Wellbeing is currently providing in-school psychological treatment to students in 46 schools across metropolitan Adelaide. We are seeking to build our network of GPs available to visit primary and high schools to provide timely mental health support via mental health care plans to children and their families.
Key benefits for GPs include:
The work suits GPs with an interest in primary healthcare and in treating younger persons with mental health issues.
Medicare has given written approval for GPs to enter primary and high schools across South Australia.
For more information, enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
* Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement