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RACGP Specific Interests newsletter

3 October 2018

From where I sit

Dr Cameron Loy – Chair RACGP Specific Interests

Welcome to the GP18 edition of Being specific.

At this time every year, we celebrate the contribution our members make to the national conference – GP18 by highlighting their presentations and encouraging you to support them.

This year, eligible members can further contribute by voting or appointing a proxy to vote at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

While it is always important to be involved in the AGM, this year has particular significance for RACGP Specific Interests’ members.

One of the resolutions being presented, if carried, would result in a constitutional change to include the Chair of RACGP Specific Interests’ on Council.

Currently, the Chair is selected from the sitting members of Council, so I hold the Chair of RACGP Specific Interests and RACGP Victoria.

Considering our substantial membership growth, and the considerable work and new projects with which our groups involved, I welcome Council’s resolution to the AGM that would establish a stand-alone Council positon for the RACGP Specific Interests Chair.

Having a unique voice on Council is an important next step in our evolution from the 200 members and 10 interest groups of 2010 to over 5000 members and 29 subject matter areas that we have today.

All of you will have received the Notice of the AGM and eligible voters will have received the link to the online proxy voting site.

If you are an eligible voter and unable to attend to AGM on Thursday 11 October, I encourage you to appoint a proxy to vote on this important resolution. More information on the AGM is available on the RACGP website.

Proxy votes must be lodged by 4.00 pm AEDT, Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Remember, all members, even if you are not eligible to vote, are welcome to attend the AGM. It is an important aspect of our governance and is always interesting.

RACGP Specific Interests is holding a webinar at 8.00 pm, tonight (Wednesday 3 October 2018) to brief members on the Special Resolution and to ask questions about the proposed change and its outcomes. Registrations are open.

Enjoy the rest of our newsletter – I look forward to catching up with many of you at GP18.

RACGP Specific Interests @ GP18

A small number of presentations in RACGP Specific Interests subject matter areas are listed below.

To plan your days at GP18, check the full program.

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – ALM Day

Developmental disability in general practice – Less ‘dis’ and more ‘ability’

This ALM focuses on dealing effectively with the health vulnerabilities of individuals with developmental disability within the general practice and community settings.

Discussion will highlight the importance of both diagnostic accuracy and the need to assess functional strengths and weaknesses. This ALM will provide access to information relevant to their patients with developmental disability.

You can register for this ALM when your register for GP18. If you have already registered, you can still modify your registration to add this event.

Developed jointly by RACGP Specific Interests Disablity and Child and RACGP Young Person’s Health.

Thursday 11 October 2018

Walk against obesity

Join RACGP Specific Interests Obesity Management to ‘Walk against obesity’ and show support of World Obesity Day on Thursday 11 October.

The walk will highlight the health issues associated with obesity and the importance of the GP’s role in the care and management of people who are above a healthy weight.

Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and meet in the foyer of the Gold Coast Convention Centre at 7.15 am. The walk will return in time for the conference welcoming addresses.

Register here.


10.45 am – 12.15 pm, Arena 1A

Dr Paul Campbell from The Allergy Centre in Brisbane presents a clinical update on immunology and allergy.

Aged care – Making residential aged care facility work easier

2.15–2.45 pm, Central Room A
Dr Troye Wallett is part of a team of 40 GPs who work in a residential aged care facility (RACF) in South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales. In this presentation, he will show that the work of GPs in RACF can be rewarding and lucrative, and improving workflows in RACFs will allow more GPs the capacity to work outside their office. 

Child and young person’s health – Improving GP assessment of child development: Results of a stepwise intervention

3.00–3.15 pm, Central Room A

Dr Karyn Alexander will discuss an abstract presentation on the evidence on the use of the Parent Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) screening tool in general practice. The PEDS tools is used to increase the assessment of child development during vaccination visits with children aged 12 months to five years.

RACGP Annual General Meeting

4.00–5.30 pm, Arena 2

All members are encouraged to attend the RACGP AGM. This year has particular significance for RACGP Specific Interests members. Special Resolution 1, if carried, would result in a constitutional change to include an RACGP Specific Interests Chair on Council. Details of all resolutions are available in the Notice of the 61st Annual General Meeting.

All eligible voters should have received a link to the online proxy voting site via email. If you are unable to attend, you can appoint a proxy through this link. All proxy votes must be lodged by 4.00 pm on Tuesday 9 October.

Friday 12 October 2018

Child and young person’s health – Bread and butter paediatrics in general practice: promoting developmental, mental and behavioural health in childhood

10.45 am – 12.15 pm,  Arena 1B

This case-based discussion and group work will focus on autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression and gender diversity. Join this interactive workshop to explore ways in which to work with families to help monitor and promote their children’s development and wellbeing.

Facilitated by Dr Melita Cullen, Dr Marita Long and Adj Assoc Prof Michael Fasher.

Cancer and palliative care – Improving and understanding GP provision of end of life care

1.45–2.45 pm, Central Room A

This education session will provide a comprehensive description of the role and performance of GPs at end of life focusing on barriers, expectations and models of care delivery.

Presented by Assoc Prof Joel Rhee, Dr Matthew Grant and Assoc Prof Geoff Mitchell.

Respiratory medicine – Spirometry demystified: A practical case-based presentation

4.00–5.00 pm, Arena 1B

This session will provide a simple understanding of spirometry and how it can aid patient management. A number of cases will be presented with accompanying spirometry interpretation to illustrate how these results help aid patient management.

The cases presented will include obstructive airways disease, including overlap syndromes, as well as patients with restrictive lung disease.

Presented by Dr Lydia Mowlem.

Saturday 13 October 2018

Musculoskeletal medicine / Sports and exercise medicine

10.45 am – 12.15 pm, Arena 1A

Assoc Prof Matthew Scott-Young and Dr Prakash Appanna present a practical skills session on musculoskeletal and sports medicine.

Cancer and palliative care

10.45 am – 12.15 pm, Arena 1B

This interactive workshop will cover the key steps to provide effective palliative care. It will cover the identification of and planning for patients with palliative care needs, including advance care planning.

This session will also cover the management of agitation and terminal restlessness in palliative care and the role of medicinal cannabis in palliative care.

Sexual health medicine – Female genital cosmetic surgery: GP survey exploring knowledge, attitude and practice

11.45 am – 12.15 pm, Foyer F Presentation Room

Dr Magdalena Simonis presents on the results of a GP survey that explored GPs' knowledge, attitudes and practise in managing patients asking about female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia.

Addiction medicine / Pain management

1.00–2.30 pm, Arena 1B

This session will present cases and discuss the management of patients with chronic pain and/or opioid dependence. It will provide updates on pain management, opioid agonist treatment, ICE addiction, important regulatory guidelines and medicinal cannabis.


Members of eHealth, Child and Young Person’s Health, Business of General Practice and Dermatology are presenting posters at GP18. Posters will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall.

Roisin Bhamjee – Adolescent health provision in the Australian school setting: General practitioner perspectives

Chris Bollen – Clinical and business leadership for safe, effective, sustainable primary care

Nicholas Brayshaw – Understanding of patient health literacy, and knowledge and awareness of risk factors related to non-communicable diseases

Dan Epstein – A qualitative exploration of a novel blended payment system for general practice

John Jasinski – The effect of a coaching model on general practice trainee stress, anxiety, depression and burnout

Jonathan Lim – Patient perspectives on how mHealth contributes to general practice preventative care

Sheila Uyirwoth – Are online advertisements of non-invasive cosmetic procedures providing adequate ethical information to patients and GPs in NSW?