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 BaigChair, RACGP SA&NT
RACGP SA&NT is pleased to congratulate the following GPs who attained RACGP Fellowship in October:
We are very proud to proclaim a number of RACGP SA&NT members who have received national awards:
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 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:
Outstanding SA&NT AKT Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam score:
Outstanding SA&NT KFP Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Key Feature Problem (KFP) exam score:
Outstanding SA&NT OSCE Achievement – awarded to the RACGP SA&NT candidate who received the highest Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) exam score:
SA new Fellows and award recipients
NT new Fellows and award recipients
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 SouthPark, Adelaide
NT social network event – Christmas party
Friday 30 November
The Precinct Tavern,Darwin
Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)Booked out!
Tuesday 4 December
College House, North Adelaide
Members' Christmas party
Friday 7 December
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.
If you have any queries, please contact Susan Lyon on 08 8267 8315 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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:
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:
The following activity options available to help with meeting your QI requirement are:
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 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.
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:
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.
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:
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe and happy New Year from the team at the RACGP John Murtagh Library.
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:
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.