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10 October 2018

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

Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter.

GP18

For anybody attending GP18 on the Gold Coast this week, I hope you enjoy your time and make the most of this unique opportunity to expand your skills and broaden your knowledge, while networking with other GPs from across Australia. I look forward to seeing you there.

Keep in mind that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at GP18 on Thursday 11 October and you will be given the opportunity to vote on some important matters. If you are not attending in person, please nominate a colleague to submit a proxy vote.

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

The SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 27 October at the Adelaide Town Hall. The ceremony honours our New Fellows and celebrates their achievements along with recognising award recipients and new Life Members. There will be many opportunities to meet and congratulate the New Fellows, as well as engage in professional and social networking at this event.

Upcoming education: RACGP SA&NT opportunities

As we near the end of the year, members can take full advantage of some exciting educational opportunities available. RACGP SA&NT will be holding a ‘Better care for older people’ interactive workshop on Saturday 3 November. This workshop will use case studies and small group activities to explore the challenges that the elderly population face today. The key topics (including frailty, gait, polypharmacy and mental health) make up the core of geriatric care – this workshop will increase the skills and knowledge needed to optimise elderly patient care.

Additionally, the ‘Common dermatology presentations in general practice’ workshop will be held on Wednesday 17 November. This is an interactive workshop that provides GPs with the skills required to increase confidence in diagnosing, treating and referring a range of skin conditions. Dermatological-based consultations are a large part of general practice and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

QI&CPD requirements

As you may already be aware, the planning learning and need (PLAN) activity is now an optional activity for the current triennium. If you who have already completed PLAN, you have achieved the requirements for your Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Category 1 activity. If you are in mid-process, I encourage you to complete your PLAN activity so that your efforts and points are not wasted. Refer below for the details of a QI&CPD support session being offered on Tuesday 23 October or visit the booth at GP18 if you have any queries.

Have a great 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 September:

  • Dr Matthew Chin
  • Dr Richard Daehn
  • Dr Imogen Denton
  • Dr Qiong Fang
  • Dr Stefanie Humphray
  • Dr Alyssa Kelly
  • Dr Edmund Khoo
  • Dr Vijaya Kuzhikatil
  • Dr Ting Kwok
  • Dr Guorong Houston Li
  • Dr Victor Liu
  • Dr Bill Loukas
  • Dr Christopher Manning
  • Dr Aziza Mirzaeva
  • Dr Kristen Missen
  • Dr Louise Moss
  • Dr Chirag Patel
  • Dr Rushanthi Pereira
  • Dr Alicia Robertson
  • Dr Zein Salim
  • Dr Sze Wei Teh
  • Dr Michael Tam
  • Dr Jennifer Watt
  • Dr Maggy Wong
  • Dr Jaeger Wylie

QI&CPD support

6.30–8.30 pm, Tuesday 23 October 2018

RACGP SA&NT is running a complimentary, face-to-face session to assist GPs with meeting the QI&CPD requirements for the 2017–19 triennium at the Adelaide PHN Technology Training Area.

This session will:

  • provide an update on the recent changes to the QI&CPD activity requirement
  • outline and detail available options for the QI&CPD activity
  • assist you in starting your PLAN activity (optional)
  • assist you in progressing or finishing your PLAN activity (if already commenced).

Places are limited. Register now.

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If you have any queries or would like assistance with your QI&CPD requirements, please contact Roberta Morris, QI&CPD Program Coordinator, on 08 8267 8334 or email roberta.morris@racgp.org.au

RACGP SA&NT events

RACGP SA&NT events calendar 2018

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

Communication and dealing with difficult patient behaviour

Tuesday 16 October

College House
North Adelaide

QI&CPD small group support session

Tuesday 23 October

Adelaide PHN,
Mile End

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

Saturday 27 October

Adelaide Town Hall

Administering iron infusion intravenously

Tuesday 30 October

College House, 
North Adelaide

Better care for older people

Saturday 3 November

Rydges South
Park, Adelaide

Common dermatology presentations in general practice

Saturday 17 November

Rydges South
Park, Adelaide

NT social network event

Friday 30 November

Venue TBA

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

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

2.00–6.00 pm, Saturday 27 October 2018

This afternoon event is the highlight of the social calendar for RACGP SA&NT with fine wine, delicious food and quality entertainment. It is an opportunity to congratulate New Fellows and award winners for their outstanding achievements in general practice in the presence of family, friends and peers. New Life Members will also be recognised and commended for their achievements and ongoing commitment to general practice.

Registration has now closed. However, if you have any queries about the event, please contact Elaine Dalby on 08 8267 8362 or email elaine.dalby@racgp.org.au

Better care for older people

Saturday 3 November 2018

This interactive, full-day workshop, comprising case studies and small group activities, will explore the many challenges older people face and bring to their GP.

Topics covered will include frailty (what it is, how you measure it and what we do about it), assessing and improving mobility, polypharmacy and de-prescribing, and mental and emotional health.

For further information, please contact Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email roberta.morris@racgp.org.au

Register now.

Common dermatology presentations in general practice

Saturday 17 November 2018

This interactive, full-day workshop will provide GPs with the skills needed to increase their confidence in diagnosing, treating and referring a range of skin conditions, including cancers. Theoretical and practical components will cover procedural skills in dermoscopy and suturing techniques.

For further information, please contact Roberta Morris on 08 8267 8334 or email roberta.morris@racgp.org.au

Register now.

Fellowship corner

Assessment calendar 2018

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 Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

Sunday 11 November 2018

2018.2 OSCE results released

Monday 17 December 2018

2019.1 Key Feature Problem (KFP)
(enrolments close 16 November)

Friday 1 February 2019

2019.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
(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

Involvement in structured programs can help you avoid the common candidate mistakes. Take this opportunity to maximise the quality of your FRACGP exam preparations by attending an 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 that are not in the context of the question due to a lack of understanding the exam format.

Candidates will be tutored by experienced members of the RACGP SA exam panel on how to approach 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 jessica.landers@racgp.org.au

Exam panel news

Examiners

Confirmation emails in relation to the 2018.2 OSCE (to be held on Sunday 11 November) will be released shortly. Cases should be accessible via the examiner portal on Wednesday 24 October. If you have any queries, please email sant.exam@racgp.org.au        

Examiner training update

OSCE examiner training modules can now be completed online. These online modules form part of the suite of examiner training requirements for both new and re-training examiners. Full details on how to access the modules (via gplearning) will be sent to examiners due for training prior to the exam.

QI&CPD

A new series of OSCE examiner activities has been created for the 2017–19 triennium. A summary of these active learning modules and associated points will be accessible through the examiner portal.

External news and opportunities*

Standard interim medication administration chart

A standard interim medication administration chart (IMAC) has been developed by all SA Health hospitals and health services. The IMAC is helpful for when transferring patients to residential care facilities.

The standard IMAC will replace the individual hospital versions that are currently used. SA Health sites began phasing in the introduction of the standard IMAC from August 2018.

The standard IMAC Clinical Guideline will be provided in line with existing discharge procedures. Discharge medicines or prescriptions will continue to be supplied as appropriate.

For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

The benefits of having equal super balances

It is common for people in partner relationships to have very different super balances. Depending on a person’s age, income, the number of working days and level of salary sacrifice, there is usually one member with a greater balance than the other, often more than double.

In the past, having unequal balances was fine; however, new superannuation changes that took effect on 1 July 2017 (with an additional change introduced from 1 July 2018) means that, in most cases, equalising your super balance should be a real priority.

William Buck explains the benefits of equalising super balances.

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