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8 November 2018

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

Welcome to our November newsletter where we highlight some significant achievements of South Australian and Northern Territory members.

The year has flown by and we are now nearing the end of 2018. I hope that you have achieved the goals you set out to accomplish this year.


GP18 was held on the Gold Coast in October and was a great success. Over 2000 delegates attended the event and the educational activities were fantastic. The social aspect did not disappoint either. I look forward to seeing you all at GP19, which will be held in Adelaide in October 2019. Preparations for the event have already begun and I encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was also held during GP18. It was passed that the term Council will be replaced with Board, effective immediately. Similarly, what was previously known as the Faculty Board in each state will now be known as Faculty Council (eg RACGP SA&NT Council). This change more accurately reflects the running of affairs at a national level and at a state level. Members also voted in favour of amending the Constitution so that RACGP Directors will now be remunerated for their work.  

National award winners in South Australia

I would like to congratulate the national award winners on their accomplishments. In particular, congratulations to our South Australian award winners: Dr Holly Deer who was recognised as the 2018 GP Supervisor of the Year, and Dr Jacob Mackenzie who received the Monty Kent-Hughes Memorial Medal for achieving the highest OSCE score in Australia.

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

The SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony also took place last month and was a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and success of our new Fellows. It was a wonderful event that I am sure the new Fellows and their families will never forget. Thank you to Dr Mark Miller for officiating the event and presenting the Fellowships and awards.

Members’ Christmas party

A reminder that the annual members’ Christmas party will be held on Friday 7 December this year. This event is always a great success and provides plenty of opportunity to socialise and celebrate the festive season. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Dr Zakaria Baig


Welcome new Fellows

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

  • Dr Dominique Baume
  • Dr Amy Broadley
  • Dr Nahid Masoumi

Congratulations to SA&NT award winners

We are very proud to proclaim a number of RACGP SA&NT members who have received national awards:

  • Dr Jacob Mackenzie is the GP candidate who achieved the highest OSCE score in Australia in the 2017.2 cycle, which earned him the Monty Kent-Hughes Memorial Medal.
  • Dr Holly Deer was named the 2018 General Practice Supervisor of the Year.
  • Dr Kishan Pandithage was named winner of the 2018 RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Strong Together Award. The award is given to an RACGP Fellow, RACGP member or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who has contributed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Dr Kerry Hancock was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the RACGP. A founding partner at Chandlers Hill Surgery, Dr Hancock is a long-time GP and medical educator in Adelaide and also Chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Respiratory Medicine Network, having been involved in developing education and guidelines for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Congratulations to you all on your significant achievements. We are grateful for your valuable contribution to general practice in our region.

New Fellows and award winners celebrate in SA&NT

New Fellows and award recipients were recognised at the Fellowship and Awards Ceremonies held in Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA) recently.

On Saturday 8 September, NT members and guests celebrated the achievements of 20 new Fellows and two award winners at a dinner held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade in Darwin.

Around 70 new Fellows, one Fellowship in Advanced Rural Practice (FARGP) recipient and two new Life Members were acknowledged at the Adelaide Town Hall on Saturday 27 October.

Congratulations to the following SA&NT exam award winners who were recognised for their outstanding achievement in the Fellowship exams:

David Game Prize –  awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest pass score in each examination on their first attempt:                         

  • 2017.2             Dr Katherine Wilson (SA)
  • 2018.1             Dr Maya Luks (SA)

Outstanding SA&NT AKT Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam score:

  • 2017.2             Dr Punsanda Abeyaratne (NT)
  • 2018.1             Dr Madeleine Shepherd (NT)

Outstanding SA&NT KFP Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam score:

  • 2017.2             Dr Katherine Ridenour (SA)
  • 2018.1             Dr Dominique Baume (SA)

Outstanding SA&NT OSCE Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) exam score:

  • 2017.2             Dr Jacob Mackenzie (SA)
  • 2018.1             Dr Alicia Robertson (SA)

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SA new Fellows and award recipients 

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NT new Fellows and award recipients

RACGP SA&NT events

RACGP SA&NT events calendar 2018

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

Ordering and interpreting investigations

Tuesday 13 November

College House,
North Adelaide

Common dermatology presentations in general practice

Saturday 17 November

Rydges South
Park, Adelaide

NT social network event – Christmas party

Friday 30 November

The Precinct Tavern,

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

Tuesday 4 December

College House, 
North Adelaide

Members' Christmas party

Friday 7 December

College House,
North Adelaide

Ordering and interpreting investigations – General practice education

Tuesday 13 November 2018

This evening session will provide GPs with the understanding required for different investigations, including how to interpret the results and how those results will affect patient management.


  • Dr Daniel Byrne – GP and Partner of Chandlers Hill Surgery
  • Dr Jennifer Cowie – Consultant Radiologist, Benson Radiology
  • Dr Penelope Coates – Clinical Director, Chemical Pathology, SA Pathology

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

Register now.

NT social network – Christmas party

Friday 30 November 2018

RACGP SA&NT invites members in the Northern Territory to our second social network event. Join us on the waterfront for this free member event for drinks, nibbles and networking with your colleagues as the sun sets.

Hosted by Dr Zakaria Baig, RACGP SA&NT Chair and Carolyn McInarlin, RACGP SA&NT State Manager. Assoc Prof Ayman Shenouda, RACGP Rural Chair, will also be there.

For more information, please call Jessica Fry on 08 8267 8325 or email

Register now.

SA members' Christmas party

Friday 7 December 2018

RACGP SA&NT, along with AMA(SA), is delighted to invite members and their families to attend the 2018 members’ Christmas party.

In addition to celebrating the festive season and acknowledging the achievements of the past year, the recipient of the McCleave/Thompson Award will be honoured.

The event will incorporate children’s entertainment, a special appearance by Santa, music and much more. Cocktail food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, please call Elaine Dalby on 08 8267 8362 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

Sunday 11 November 2018

2018.2 OSCE results released

Monday 17 December 2018

2019.1 KFP exam 
(enrolments close 16 November)

Friday 1 February 2019

2019.1 AKT exam 
(enrolments close 16 November)

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 AKT and KFP preparation workshop

Saturday 1 December 2018

NT pre-exam courses and events

2019.1 AKT and KFP pre-exam workshop

Saturday 1 December 2018

2019.1 AKT and KFP preparation workshop – Adelaide

Saturday 1 December 2018

Your involvement in structured programs can help you avoid common candidate mistakes. Take this opportunity to maximise the quality of your FRACGP exam preparations by attending a RACGP pre-exam course. Learn exam study techniques and refresh your knowledge across the various domains of general practice to enhance your chances of success.

This one-day preparation workshop is designed to assist candidates in preparing for the AKT and KFP online exams. One of the most frequently encountered errors is providing answers are provided that are not in the context of the question; this occurs due to a lack of understanding of the exam format.

Candidates will be tutored by experienced members of the RACGP SA exam panel on how to answer the different styles of questions. Small, facilitated group sessions will allow practice and feedback for multiple choice, extended matching and written response cases.

For more information or to register online, please visit the pre-exam courses page on the RACGP website.

For enquiries, please call Jessica Landers, SA Examination Officer, on 08 8267 8313 or email

Exam panel news

We would like to thank all the examiners who will be participating in the 2018.2 OSCE. Without your commitment and hard work, the exams would not be possible.

A reminder that a current Master Service Agreement (MSA) and the relevant Statement of Work (SOW) must be electronically signed in order to provide payment for services.

For all other questions, call the RACGP from 8.00 am – 8.00 pm AEST, Monday to Friday, on 1800 472 247.

National news and events

Webinar: Exercise-associated muscle cramps

8.00–9.00 pm AEST, Monday 12 November 2018

Dr Gill Cowen, Chair RACGP Specific Interests Sport and Exercise Medicine, will lead a discussion on exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC).

EAMC is a common condition experienced by recreational and competitive athletes. Despite the commonality and prevalence of the condition, the cause is still not well understood.

The webinar will discuss recent evidence on the factors that contribute to EAMC, management practises and prevention strategies.

Dr Cowen will present one case study, while participants are encouraged to bring their own cases, ideas and discussion points.

Register now.

Webinar: Optimising outcomes when working with interpreters

3.30–4.30 pm AEST, Wednesday 5 December 2018

As Australia is an increasingly diverse society with close to a third of the population born overseas, many patients presenting to GPs may not be proficient in English. GPs need to be comfortable working with interpreters and understand the importance of discouraging family interpreters. Using professional interpreters improves patient satisfaction and compliance.

Presented by Dr Aesen Thambiran, Director of Humanitarian Entrant Health Service, and Ms Khin Myo Myint, Burmese Interpreting and Translating Services, this complimentary webinar will assist GPs in:

  • reviewing the role of culture and language in the healthcare setting
  • discussing the importance of working with professional interpreters
  • reviewing how to get the most out of the consultation when working with an interpreter.

Register now.

Change to the QI&CPD requirements

With the recent change to the Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program requirements, the 2017–19 triennium requirements now comprise a minimum of:

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

 The following activity options available to help with meeting your QI requirement are:

  • clinical audit
  • small group learning
  • supervised clinical attachment
  • evidence-based medicine journal
  • Plan, do, study, act
  • general practice research
  • PLAN activity (optional)
  • QI self-reflection form.

If you have completed a PLAN activity, this will be automatically recognised as a QI activity and you have met the QI requirement for this triennium.

The RACGP remains committed to supporting and assisting anyone who has already commenced PLAN and wishes to complete the activity. Over-the-phone assistance and workshops are also available for GPs who wish to commence.

Future Leaders 2019

Future Leaders 2019 is an RACGP program designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and confidence as a GP leader.

This eight-month program, delivered primarily online with webinars and peer-group sessions, is designed to help you recognise your strengths, challenge you to think strategically and produce beneficial change. Most importantly, the program will increase your confidence and enable you to influence through an understanding of values and how they intersect with communication strategies.

Program applications close on Friday 30 November 2018.

For more information, please contact Vicky Moriarty, Future Leaders Program Manager.

New content within the Murtagh Collection

Content from John Murtagh’s general practice (7th edition) is now available from the RACGP John Murtagh Library e-book collection.

Covering a range of traditional and modern practice, the book emphasises the importance of clinical reasoning, early diagnosis, strategies for solving common problems, continuing care, holistic management, and tricks of the trade.

Included in the Murtagh Collection is Susan Wearne’s popular text Clinical cases for general practice exams, which is designed to help students and doctors with practising clinical cases that are presented to Australian GPs. Guidance on exam preparation and how to use the cases, including as part of group study, is provided.

Each of the 80 cases include:

  • instructions for the doctor and student, and the role-playing patient
  • a suggested approach, a case commentary, references and recommendations for further reading.

To find out more and to access this valuable, member-only resource, visit the Murtagh Collection and select the Murtagh's general practice (7th edition). Alternatively, select the link to Cases in the footer. Login to the RACGP website is required.

RACGP library holiday closure

The RACGP library will be closed from 12.00 pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019.

Notes to remember:

  • Please submit your request for loans, articles and searches early to avoid disappointment.
  • Remember, you can access our ebooks  online databases online form and ejournals directly anytime, day or night.
  • If you need help or guidance with accessing our resources before the holiday closure, please contact us via our online form, email or call 03 8699 0519.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe and happy New Year from the team at the RACGP John Murtagh Library.

External news and opportunities*

SA Health updates

Meningococcal B Immunisation Program

The South Australian Meningococcal B (MenB) Immunisation Program provides free MenB vaccines to children and young people who are residents of South Australia and have a Medicare card.

The childhood program commenced on 1 October 2018 and the adolescent/young person’s program will commence on Friday 1 February 2019.

Visit the Meningococcal B Immunisation Program webpage for further information regarding program eligibility, the vaccine schedule and other resources available.

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

SA Health Mental Health Services Plan

Collaborative efforts between the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and the South Australian Mental Health Commission are underway to develop a new SA Health Mental Health Services Plan to be delivered to the SA Government by March 2019.

The plan will focus on charting the direction for any SA Health-operated and commissioned mental health and wellbeing services.

For more information, please visit the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist SA website.

RACGP members are invited to participate in the development of the plan by providing feedback on the following areas:

  1. Access to mental health services.
  2. Defining best practice in mental health care.
  3. Providing continuity of service through partnerships within and outside SA Government services.
  4. Inpatient and community-based recovery and rehabilitation services.
  5. Promoting wellbeing, prevention and early intervention.
  6. Workforce – skills, knowledge, and support needs for staff delivering mental health services.

Feedback can be emailed to the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist or the SA Mental Health Commission.

Medicinal cannabis – TGA Special Access Scheme online application system

The Commonwealth, and State and Territory Health Departments have been working collaboratively to streamline access to unregistered medicinal cannabis for Australian health practitioners and patients.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) online application system for unregistered medicinal cannabis products is now available for use by medical practitioners in South Australia.

An introduction of the TGA SAS online system in South Australia will allow medical practitioners to submit an application to both the TGA and, where required, to the SA Health Drugs of Dependence Unit simultaneously, thus providing a simplified and streamlined approach for prescribers and faster access for patients.

To access information regarding registration to use the SAS online system and to submit an application to prescribe an unregistered medicinal cannabis product, visit the TGA website.

For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

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