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12 September 2018

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

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter.

It is incredible how fast this year has flown by as we now welcome the warmer weather.

Member Meeting

On 22 August 2018 at College House in North Adelaide, we held the RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting. During this meeting, we discussed the activities of the RACGP over the last 12 months and acknowledged award winners and their achievements. It was a great opportunity to meet and converse with members, as well as share ideas. I encourage you all to attend next year.

Retreat 2018

Thank you to all who attended our Barossa Valley Retreat 2018 in August. This event was a great success. It was an inaugural event and we were pleasantly surprised by the number of attendees. The venue in the Barossa Valley was fantastic with beautiful scenic surroundings and excellent food. The education aspect did not disappoint either. The topics were popular among attendees and well executed by brilliant speakers with many of them being GPs themselves. The event not only catered for our members’ continuing professional development needs, but also provided an excellent opportunity for social networking and business development. I would like to congratulate Dr Natalie Payne, Chair of our New Fellows Committee, on the success of the event. I am equally appreciative of our RACGP staff for their hard work in putting this event together. Well done all and I look forward to the next Retreat.

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

I would like to encourage you to attend the SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday 27 October 2018. This event will be held at the Adelaide Town Hall to celebrate the achievement of our New Fellows, new Life Members and award winners. It provides another opportunity to celebrate the success of our colleagues and to build on social and professional networking.


Time is running out to register for GP18 on the Gold Coast. This conference brings together GPs from across Australia for education, skills building and networking. Last year, GP17 was attended by 2200 delegates and was regarded as a great success. This is an incredible opportunity and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Have a great month.

Dr Zakaria Baig


Welcome New Fellows

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

  • Dr Punsanda Abeyaratne
  • Dr Mujtaba Ali
  • Dr Raj Rubert Antony
  • Dr Winnie Chen
  • Dr Merinda Crowe
  • Dr Snigdha Das
  • Dr Camila Marques De Castro
  • Dr Nosa Efeovbokhan
  • Dr Cassie Gibbs
  • Dr Umme Kobra
  • Dr Mehrdad Majedi
  • Dr Prashanti Manchikanti
  • Dr Byron Manning
  • Dr Humayun Muazam
  • Dr Ahemad Panjvani
  • Dr Sarwat Sabir
  • Dr Monica Saluja
  • Dr Aarti Sareen
  • Dr Yog Raman Sareen
  • Dr Rupinder Sekhon
  • Dr Simita Shome
  • Dr Saurav Shrestha
  • Dr Jibran Siddique
  • Dr Jinat Sultana
  • Dr Omma Thien
  • Dr Jyothi Vardhi
  • Dr Christopher Vladcoff
  • Dr Prasantha Walgampola
  • Dr Tracey Whitehouse
  • Dr Guanglei Wu
  • Dr Yuan Zhao

Welcome new Board members

Recently, new members and continuing members were appointed to the RACGP SA&NT Board until 2020. We would like to congratulate the following members:

  • Dr Farooq Ahmad
  • Dr Bronwyn Carson
  • Dr Seema Jain
  • Dr Emma Knott
  • Dr Jaiveer Krishnan
  • Dr Natalie Payne
  • Dr Geeta Trehan
  • Dr Emily Kirkpatrick (Associate Registrar Representative)
  • Jarrad Hopkins (Medical Student Representative)

Dr Zakaria Baig will continue as the Board Chair. Dr Emma Knott and Dr Christopher Clohesy have been appointed as Deputy Chairs.

Dr Shahin Alam, Dr Ramu Nachiappan, Dr Natasha Pavlin and Dr Emily Roxburgh have all retired from their roles on the Board. We thank them for their valued commitment to RACGP SA&NT.

RACGP SA&NT Member Meeting

The annual member meeting held on Wednesday 22 August was a unique opportunity for members to meet with the newly elected RACGP SA&NT Board.

Dr Peter Joseph, RACGP SA&NT Archivist, outlined the achievements of the RACGP SA&NT over the past year.

Dr Zakaria Baig presented the 2018 RACGP SA&NT Faculty Awards to the following recipients:

  • RACGP SA&NT General Practice of the Year Award 2018 – Mawson Lakes Healthcare (pictured left)
  • RACGP SA&NT Supervisor of the Year Award 2018 – Dr Holly Deer 

Northern Territory GP, Dr Karen Fuller was the recipient of the RACGP SA&NT General Practitioner of the Year Award 2018. Dr Fuller will be presented with her award at the Northern Territory Fellowship and Awards Ceremony in September.

The RACGP SA&NT Registrar of the Year Award 2018 recipient, Dr Bindhiya Venugopalan, was not able to be with us and will be presented with her award on another occasion.

Successful Retreat in the Barossa Valley

The inaugural 2018 ‘Retreat – Laying the foundations’ was held at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort on 18–19 August. Attendees were treated to an extensive program of sessions, including obstetrics, managing chronic pain, choosing investigations wisely, skin cancer surgery, building a successful practice, CPR and emergency management. Very positive feedback was received for all sessions.

In addition to the education sessions, the event incorporated a substantial networking element and attendees enjoyed quality food and wine from the world-renowned Barossa region.

RACGP SA&NT would like to thank the sponsors, William Buck, Australian Medical Placements, BOQ Specialist, MDA National, Mercedes-Benz and RACGP eHealth for their valuable support of the event.

PLAN support

Planning learning and need (PLAN) is the online Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) activity designed to assist you in mapping out and documenting your identified learning needs. The 2017–19 triennium is already over halfway through and we can assist if you have yet to start your PLAN activity or have started PLAN, but need some guidance to stay on track. We can guide you step-by-step through the process.

To assist you, RACGP SA&NT is offering a number of options:

1. A complimentary face-to-face session will be hosted by Adelaide PHN in their Mile End premises where a number of desktop computers will be available on which to work through PLAN.

The session will take place at 7.00 pm ACDT, Tuesday 23 October 2018. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30 pm. 

Register now. Place are limited.

2. Our QI&CPD Program Coordinator can visit your practice for a one-hour session. Smaller practices within close proximity can meet together.

3. Members are welcome to visit or call the RACGP SA&NT office to gain one-on-one assistance.

If you have any queries or would like to book a session, please contact Roberta Morris, QI&CPD Program Coordinator, on 08 8267 8334 or email

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.

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

Tuesday 18 September

College House,
North Adelaide

Red eye assessment webinar

Tuesday 25 September

Online webinar

Communication and dealing with difficult patient behaviour

Tuesday 16 October

College House
North Adelaide

PLAN: Small group support

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

Dermatology: Common presentations in general practice

Saturday 17 November

Rydges South
Park, Adelaide

Emergency medicine and resuscitation update (CPR for GPs)

Tuesday 4 December

College House, 
North Adelaide

SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

2.00–6.00 pm, Saturday 27 October 2018

Registrations are now open for the 2018 SA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony.

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 is complimentary for New Fellows, award winners and new Life Members. Tickets are availble to purchase for guests.

If you have any queries, please contact Elaine Dalby on 08 8267 8362 or email

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 OSCE

Sunday 11 November 2018

2018.2 OSCE results released

Monday 17 December 2018

2019.1 Key Feature Problem (KFP)
(enrolment period 17 September – 16 November)

Friday 1 February 2019

2019.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
(enrolment period 17 September – 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

2018.2 OSCE preparation workshop

Saturday 15 September 2018

2018.2 OSCE tutorial series (six evenings over six weeks)

Mondays 17 and 24 September 2018
Tuesday 2 October 2018(due to public holiday)
Mondays 8, 15 and 22 October 2018

2019.1 AKT and KFP preparation workshop

Saturday 1 December 2018

NT pre-exam courses and events

2018.2 OSCE preparation course – Darwin

Saturday 22 September 2018

2018.2 simulated mock OSCE workshop – Darwin

Saturday 6 October 2018

2019.1 AKT and KFP pre-exam workshop

Saturday 1 December 2018

2018.2 OSCE: Preparation workshop and tutorial series – Adelaide

Involvement in structured programs can help you avoid common candidate mistakes. Take this opportunity to maximise the quality of your RACGP Fellowship 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.

Preparation worskhop – Saturday 15 September 2018

The one-day preparation workshop is designed to assist candidates in preparing for the OSCE. It also provides an outline of the exam components, improves clinical decision-making skills and allows practice of communication techniques.

Candidates will be tutored by experienced members of the RACGP SA exam panel on how to address long, short and viva cases, and will engage in small, facilitated group sessions for practise. Feedback will be provided on performance in mock case scenarios.

Tutorial series – beginning Monday 17 September

The tutorial series comprises six evenings. It is presented in lecture and practical format with a different topic each week, such as:

  • motivational interviewing
  • multicultural communications
  • techniques in physical exams.

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

If you have any queries, please contact SA Examination Officer, Jessica Landers, on 08 8267 8313 or email

2018.2 OSCE preparation workshop – Darwin

Saturday 22 September 2018

The 2018.2 OSCE preparation course will assist NT candidates in preparing for the upcoming exam. The course includes an in-depth review of Aboriginal health, viva and physical examination cases and a Q&A session. Experienced NT examiners will facilitate interactive sessions.

The course precedes the 2018.2 simulated mock OSCE workshop to be held on Saturday 6 October 2018.

Presented by Dr Stratos Roussos, NT Assessment Panel Chair.

To register for this course, please visit the RACGP website.

2018.2 simulated mock OSCE workshop – Darwin

Saturday 6 October

The half-day simulated mock OSCE aims to provide candidates with a greater understanding of the examination and examiner expectations for a successful performance. Undertaken in pairs, candidates will rotate through eight stations consisting of short, long and viva cases administered by experienced NT OSCE examiners. Participant numbers are strictly limited, so early registration is encouraged to secure a place.

To register for this course, please visit the RACGP website.

Special Offer

Register for both the OSCE preparation course and the simulated mock OSCE workshop at the same time to receive a discounted rate of $750 (a saving of $50 for the two activities.) This offer is only available by contacting Jessica Fry on 08 8267 8325.

Exam panel news

Examiner availability

Please take note of the 2018 dates in the Assessment Calendar above. A follow-up email to confirm your availability for the 2018.2 OSCE has been sent. Please ensure that you have marked the dates in your diary to avoid conflicts. If you believe you have not been contacted, please email

National news

RACGP Specific Interests Network resources

RACGP Specific Interests now has a resources page on the RACGP website where you can find recordings of past webinars along with presentation slides, frequently asked questions and policy and advocacy updates.

This page will be updated regularly with relevant resources developed by the Specific Interests networks. 

For more information, visit the Specific Interest resources webpage.

Help improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient outcomes by sharing ideas with other health services and practices

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the RACGP launched the third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (National Guide) in March 2018.

The National Guide supports primary healthcare providers with understanding what works in preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Effective implementation of the National Guide is crucial to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve good health and wellbeing.

With support from the Department of Health, RACGP and NACCHO will continue working together to increase awareness and utilisation of the National Guide, and to support mainstream services with enhancing healthcare delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We invite you to join us for this exciting new project aimed at enhancing culturally responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Your participation in the program will influence how primary healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is delivered into the future.

How will it work?

Working with the Improvement Foundation, RACGP and NACCHO are administering a new Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC), exploring two key questions:

  1. How can the National Guide be effectively implemented into general practices, as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across the country?
  1. How can general practices be supported to improve delivery of culturally responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Participating services will become part of a broad network of services that are exploring these questions across the country. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other general practices and health services.

Lessons and insights from participating services will be used to inform the development of new resources and key recommendations to support best practice preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

At all stages, your team will be supported by the APCC, which has a proven track record in supporting health professionals and services to make long-term sustainable improvements, using innovative and exploratory methods to develop, test and implement change.

What is required of participating practices and services?

Your service or practice will need to commit to some minimum requirements – one GP and one staff member are required to participate actively in workshops, webinars and activity periods for a six-month timeframe.

What kind of support will I receive?

The program will fund an incentive payment for participating services and practices, as well as provide ongoing support, assistance and advice through Regional Support Organisations.

How do I participate?

To find our more or to express interest in participating in the project, please email RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health by Friday 14 September 2018.

External news and opportunities*

SA Health update

Tuesday 23 October 2018

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) will host a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) training course for primary care providers. The course features Dr Charlotte Bell, Clinical Lead for the PrEPX-SA access trial.

Register now.

For detailed guidance on PrEP, see the ASHM HIV PrEP clinical guidelines. For more information, visit the SA Health website.

SA perinatal practice guideline: Syphilis in pregnancy

These guidelines have been updated with information advising clinicians to increase antenatal screening for women during syphilis outbreaks in high-risk communities.

For further information, visit the Communicable Disease Control Branch webpage or call 1300 232 272.

South Australian Medical Heritage Society presentation

5.30 pm, Thursday 27 September 2018

RACGP Life Member, Prof Max Kamien AM, will be presenting to the South Australian Medical Heritage Society (SAMHS) on 'The Francis Hardey Faulding Memorial, General Practice Research Awards 1964–2001' – an initiative of the RACGP SA&NT, at the Royal Society Rooms, Morgan Thomas Lane, off Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.

Non-members of the SAMHS are welcome. To RSVP, contact Dr Joy Copeland on 08 8333 0286 or email

Mid-life doctors – Supporting you to maintain your resilience

Saturday 22 September 2018

Doctors’ Health SA (DHSA) launched its Building Resilience in Medicine program earlier this year. The program has been developed to target key medical career and life transitions. Mid-life doctors are invited to join this free full-day workshop and enjoy an interactive session assisting you with maintaining resilience during a very busy phase of life.

The workshop aims to effect positive and enduring changes, by providing resources, tools and supports in relation to mindfulness for the modern medic, time management for the busy medical professional and positive psychology.

For details and registration, please visit DHSA website.

Art of medicine

Thursday 20 September to Friday 5 October 2018

Doctors’ Health SA encourages doctors and medical students to maintain an interest or hobby outside of medicine.

Art of Medicine is a free art exhibition that celebrates and inspires the creative pursuits of our medical profession. Over 40 doctors and medical students are exhibiting their artworks at praxis ARTSPACE, Bowden.

Everyone is welcome to visit and view the works of art. RACGP SA members are sure to know some of the artists.

For all the details and opening times, please visit Art of Medicine webpage.

Australasian Melanoma Conference 2018

Friday and Saturday 5–6 October 2018, Melbourne

The 2018 program has a stream that specifically targets the interests of primary care, as well as incorporating international experts in the cutting edges of epidemiology, artificial intelligence for diagnosis, dermoscopy and confocal microscopy.

Sessions in dermoscopy include basic and advanced lessons. Patient management sessions target surgery in primary care, interpretation of the pathology report, follow-up care, sentinel node biopsy and challenges posed by the new systemic therapies

Attendance is eligible for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points.

View the program on the Australasian Melanoma website.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement

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