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7 February 2019

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

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.

QI&CPD triennium

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

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.

Upcoming events

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 Baig
Chair, RACGP SA&NT

RACGP SA&NT news

Welcome New Fellows

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

  • Dr Farah Ahmad
  • Dr Ayne Akhter
  • Dr Mohammad Azarbakhsh
  • Dr Karthik Badrinath
  • Dr Muhammad Cheema
  • Dr Shasanka Gamage
  • Dr Syed Hasnat
  • Dr Ben Hogarth
  • Dr Jonas Ilocto
  • Dr Golbarg Najibi
  • Dr Nafisa Nasrin
  • Dr Salendri Prasad
  • Dr Ranjeewa Pussellage
  • Dr Ratnayake Ratnayake
  • Dr Umesh Rawat
  • Dr Mirbahador Salamisaadatloo
  • Dr Sajeel Samjowan

GP spotlight: Dr Elizabeth Miller

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.

Congratulations, Dr Robert Wight OAM

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:

  • Chair, Metropolitan Domiciliary Care, 2002–06
  • RACGP Examiner, 2003; 2009
  • Chair, General Practitioner’s Committee, Australian Medical Association (SA), 2007–08
  • Director, Baptist Chair SA Foundation, 2011–15
  • Former Senior Visiting Practitioner, Flinders University

On behalf of RACGP SA&NT, we congratulate Dr Wight on his OAM award.

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 - FULL

Tuesday 12
February 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

Medico-legal: 'The do's and don'ts' of medical documentation

Wednesday 13
February 2019

Online webinar

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

Combined colleges career night

Wednesday 6
March 2019

Morphettville Racecourse

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

NT PHN,
Winnelliie

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound for GPs

Saturday 6
April 2019

Alice Springs

Emergency update for practice staff

Tuesday 9
April 2019

College House,
North Adelaide

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.

Presenters

  • 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 rebecca.woodcock@racgp.org.au

Register now.

Chronic pain

Tuesday 5 March 2019

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 susan.lyon@racgp.org.au

Register now.

Combined colleges career night

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.

Common ear and nose presentations in general practice

Saturday 16 March 2019

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.

Presenters

  • 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 roberta.morris@racgp.org.au

Register now.

Fellowship corner

Assessment calendar 2019

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

Saturday 6 April 2019

National news and events

It’s the final year of this QI&CPD triennium. How are you progressing?

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:

  • two Category 1 activities, one of which must be a quality improvement (QI) activity
  • one CPR activity.

If you are unsure of the current state of your progress, you can view it online:

  1. Log into myCPD
  2. Select My QI&CPD statement
  3. Select triennium 2017–19.

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.

2019 RACGP Foundation grants and awards opening 5 March

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.

National Close the Gap Day 2019 - Get involved

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:

  • register your own event
  • attend a Close the Gap event in your area
  • sign the online petition calling for action from governments, or
  • share information with your networks via social media.

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.

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SA Health update

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.

Wanted: Clinical skills tutors to teach MD Year 1 and 2 Flinders University students

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:   

  • Each tutorial session is three hours per week.

  • You can teach more than one three-hour tutorial per week if you choose.

  • Year 1 tutorials are on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

  • Year 2 tutorials are on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.

  • You would have the same group of eight students for each tutorial in a semester.

For more information, please email the Flinders MD Program Year 1 and 2 Theme Coordinator via michal.wozniak@flinders.edu.au

What is the valuation process when buying a practice?

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.

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New Lived Experience Telephone Support Service

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

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Grow Wellbeing: Psychological treatment for school students

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:

  • flexible work hours
  • a multi-disciplinary team to assist GPs in the completion of mental health care plans
  • excellent remuneration in the range of $400–$600 per hour
  • opportunities to build your own practice within South Australian schools
  • helping young people whose disadvantaged social situation currently precludes them from accessing essential treatment
  • reliable regular work given the prevalence of mental health problems in the young.

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 info@growwellbeing.com or jonm@growwellbeing.com

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