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RACGP Tasmania newsletter

19 December 2018

Tasmania in action

A message from our Chair, Dr Jennifer Presser

I was enjoying some conscious unwinding after work recently, watering the garden and listening to a podcast of ‘All in the mind’ on ABC Radio National. It was a sweet counterpoint to the craziness of the pre-Christmas rush to be reminded that human beings are, in their basic nature, altruistic and compassionate. 

People will allow themselves to be given electrical shocks at quite a high pain level in return for a small monetary reward, but when it comes to agreeing to others being shocked at a low level, most people won’t allow it. These psychology experiments have been repeated in a number of different settings and different scenarios, and the outcomes are all the same. Altruism seems to provide an evolutionary advantage. We look after each other.

Certain types of systems and styles of leadership encourage and reinforce this basic altruism. (The converse is also true, as in the Milgram experiments where authority figures instructed research participants to give electric shocks to others). Leaders who behave altruistically are inspiring and systems that are considerate and equitable encourage trust, support and ethical behaviour.

As we approach the close of 2018, I would like to encourage you to enjoy a well-earned break over the holiday season. Take the opportunity to catch up with family and friends and spread the infection of kindness around.

Dr Jenny Presser
Chair, RACGP Tasmania

Tasmania news and events

From Matt's desk

I often invoke the words of one of my heroes, Charles Dickens, at this time of year. Dickens seems to have a quintessential feel for Christmas that, at once, cuts through the rampant commercialism and haphazard religiosity to a clean, humanist space. Perhaps he understands the story of being born in a shed better than most, having walked the mean streets of Edwardian London. 

In A Christmas tree, Dickens imagines all of the themes of Christmas as the boughs of a huge Christmas tree. In one such bough, he discusses ‘home’ and what this means at Christmas. The following quote from this story reflects my wish for us all.

‘And I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday — the longer, the better.’  

That you and yours all ‘come home’, that home is where you want it to be, where you look for it and where you find it.

To our fantastic members, our enthusiastic RACGP Tasmania Council, examiners cohort, committee members and the many facilitators who have assisted in delivering our busy schedule of events held throughout the state, thank you for your support throughout 2018. The RACGP team wish you a wonderful festive season and a safe and happy New Year.

RACGP holiday closure

The RACGP will be closed from 5.00 pm AEDT, Friday 21 December and will re-open at 9.00 am AEDT, Monday 7 January 2019.

For more information, please feel free to email me or call 03 6212 5888.

Matthew Rush
State Manager, RACGP Tasmania.

2019 FPS CPD masterclass

GPs registered as Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) providers are required to complete continuing professional development (CPD) in each triennium. This is to ensure continued access to the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) item numbers 2721–2727 for FPS consultations.

In response to this requirement, an FPS CPD program was developed to support GPs with extending their skills by exploring the FPS intervention methods they currently use, address challenging cases and develop strategies for responding to barriers in order to achieve best practice. 

The masterclass is offered in four two-hour evening sessions in a teleconference format facilitated by a GP with a specific interest in mental health. Topics and interventions covered will be determined by input from group members in the first session.

On successful completion of all four sessions, including the predisposing and reinforcing activity, participants will have met their FPS CPD requirements for the 2017–19 triennium and be eligible for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points.

Please ensure that you are available for all four sessions listed below. Each session will begin promptly at 6.30 pm.

  • Wednesday 13 February
  • Wednesday 27 February
  • Wednesday 13 March
  • Wednesday 27 March

Tasmanian members are offered free registration to the masterclass; however, places are limited to eight participants only. To register, email RACGP Tasmania to express your interest in attending.

'Sports solutions' – Managing the injuries

Saturday 30 March 2019

GPs have commented that this workshop has provided insights and skills in successfully managing the ‘Monday morning walking wounded' event'.

'Sports solutions' reviews common injuries caused by overuse, direct impact, strains and sprains, and considers how managing a sports injury correctly minimises the damage and maximises the chances of a full recovery.

A range of effective sports injury treatment scenarios will be explored, including:

  • current treatment approach and return to play guides for sprains and strains
  • simple strapping and taping options
  • appropriate imaging modality to assist diagnosis
  • concussion management guidelines
  • safe return to play recommendations
  • moving a casualty with suspected spinal injuries.

Delivered in Launceston, 'Sports solutions' is an interactive full-day workshop.

Register now to secure your place. 

National news and opportunities

Do you have regular practice meetings? You may be eligible to meet your quality improvement requirement

Do you meet with other GPs or health professionals with the purpose of discussing clinical cases, near misses and the latest research?

If your meetings are set up in accordance with the QI&CPD small group learning guidelines, you may be eligible for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points and meet your quality improvement requirement.

For more information on the criteria for small group learning activities, please view the RACGP QI&CPD 2017–19 triennium handbook or contact our local QI&CPD team.

Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP)

Does your community rely on you to provide assistance in a medical emergency? The CEMP intermediate and advanced workshops, delivered by trained intensive care paramedics, are designed to keep your emergency skills up to date.

For more information, visit the RACGP CEMP website or call 1800 472 247.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) workshops.

Register now.

RACGP John Murtagh Library holiday closure

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

Please submit your requests for loans, articles and searches early to avoid disappointment.

You can access our ebooksonline databases and resources and ejournals directly at any time, day or night.

If you need help or guidance to access our resources before the holiday closure, please contact us via our online form, email or phone 03 8699 0519.

Best wishes for a safe and happy festive season from the team at the RACGP John Murtagh Library.


Meeting and boardroom facilities available at RACGP Tasmania

RACGP Tasmania’s home at the ABC Centre in central Hobart offers the perfect meeting venue. Two flexible meeting spaces include a 35-seat seminar room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, white board, wireless internet access and a boardroom with natural light, video conferencing and conferencing phone. On-site catering is also available. 

Registrars and students seeking a quiet study space are also invited to contact us.

Use of the facilities during business hours is offered free to members. For more information, please email RACGP Tasmania or phone 03 6212 5888.

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