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RACGP Tasmania newsletter

19 March 2019

Tasmania in action

A message from the Chair, Dr Jennifer Presser

Vale Dr Juliet Lavers

It is with tremendous sadness that we acknowledge the death by suicide last month of Hobart GP, Dr Juliet Lavers.

The Tasmanian GP community is rocked by this tragic event. The RACGP would like to express our sorrow for the loss of Juliet. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and practice team. We remember and honour Juliet as a full and multi-faceted person.

Following the death by suicide of her son Liam two years ago, Juliet campaigned passionately for youth mental health, to address gaps in services and to bring forward the provision of in-patient adolescent mental health facilities in Tasmania. The Bob Brown Foundation described Juliet as a ‘kind, intelligent and active woman, an ardent general practitioner, environmentalist and community worker’.

The stories around a death by suicide are often very complex, overwhelming and difficult to talk about. It is important that we don’t use stigmatising language, or avoid the topic of suicide, but at the same time there is so much more to a life than the events around death. 

If you can, reach out and be kind to those who may be struggling. A kind word or action can show people that they are not alone. Practical things can help when emotions and words feel impossible.

Remember to secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. Although it can be hard to do, look after yourself and seek support if you are troubled.

If you wish to, take a moment to honour Juliet’s life, lived for service and joy of family and community, and a moment to savour the blessings of your own day.

Dr Jenny Presser
Chair, RACGP Tasmania

Sports solutions: Managing the injuries

Saturday 30 March 2019

The 'Sports solutions' workshop will review common injuries caused by overuse, direct impact, strains and sprains. It will consider how to best manage suspected concussion and suspected spinal injuries in a range of circumstances.

GPs have commented that this workshop provides useful insights and skills in successfully managing the Monday morning 'walking wounded' and many other injury-related presentations.

This is a full-day, interactive workshop and be delivered in Launceston.

The workshop is accredited for 40 Category 1 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points including accredited CPR.

Register now to secure your place. 

Accredited CPR workshop

Saturday 30 March 2019

Have you completed your CPR update for the QI&CPD 201719 triennium?

The RACGP Tasmania CPR workshop series received excellent feedback on the time-efficient format, the pre-reading component and participation in practical skills assessment session. To achieve competency, participants are required to complete both components. 

One session is still available in Launceston: 12.00–1.00 pm.

To register, please visit the RACGP website.

Be exam ready in 2019

Take this opportunity to maximise the quality of your RACGP Fellowship (FRACGP) exam preparations by attending an RACGP Tasmania pre-exam course.

Learn examination techniques and refresh your knowledge across the various domains of general practice to enhance your chances of success.

Currently, two workshops are available.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination
Saturday 6 April 2019
Applied Knowledge Test and
Key Feature Problem
Saturday 15 June 2019

For enquiries, email Melita Medisauskas, Examination Officer, or call 03 6212 5888.

Register now.

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound ALM

Saturday 30 June 2019

In this workshop, rural GPs can improve their understanding of point-of-care ultrasound applications in the diagnostic process.

This full-day, interactive workshop will provide registrars, and rural and remote GPs the opportunity to identify practical applications of ultrasound technology in rural general practice settings. You will also learn how to use point-of-care ultrasound devices under the guidance of experts.

This workshop is accredited for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points and is also approved for the Rural Procedural Grants Program.

For more information, please email RACGP Rural or call 1800 636 764.

Can you help supervise medical students at Agfest?

Thursday to Saturday 2–4 May 2019

HealthStop is an opportunistic, preventative health initiative that provides a fantastic opportunity for medical students to offer blood pressure testing and health advice to a diverse range of Agfest patrons.

Students applaud the value of a face-to-face experience with ‘real patients’ and thoroughly enjoy the interactions. One student commented, ‘My morning at Agfest was fantastic! It was super busy with people lining up out the door to get their blood pressure taken and talk about their health. I think it’s great for students to have an opportunity to be involved in this’. Another said, ‘I was nervous at first, but everyone is so upbeat and encouraging. The patrons have great stories and offer real insight into the variety of medicine in general practice’.

HealthStop is supervised by University of Tasmania clinical lecturers and RACGP GPs who generously volunteer their time to support our enthusiastic, upcoming doctors.

If you can assist for an hour or two at HealthStop, we warmly welcome you. A complimentary entry ticket is provided to supervisors.

Please contact Julia Ray with your availability and preference for day and time.

Developed by RACGP Tasmania in partnership with the University of Tasmania, College of Health and Medicine and the Pharmaceutical Society.

National news and opportunities

2019 RACGP Foundation grants and awards are now open

This year, RACGP Foundation is proud to offer 16 research grants and awards to GPs and registrars. With the support of its funding partners, RACGP Foundation is able to provide these vital research grants each year.

The research conducted by recipients of the RACGP Foundation grants contribute to advancing medical achievements within the general practice community.

You could play a vital role in shaping the health of Australia. RACGP Foundation is where general practice research begins.

Online applications will close on Monday 6 May 2019.

GP19 call for session submissions now open

Join in the exciting new program changes for GP19 supporting 'Your patients. Your community. Your solutions'. Session submissions are now open and this is your chance to be a part of something innovative.

With the introduction of new and dynamic delivery styles, such as wisdom in small episode or 'WISE', PechaKucha and speed-dating style presentations, there will be an exciting range of hands-on, interactive and engaging program sessions.

Session submissions will close 12.00 am AEST, Tuesday 30 April 2019. To learn how you can be a part of GP19, visit the GP19 website.

Express your interest – AGPT 2020 intake

Thinking about a career in general practice or know someone who is? Expressions of interest are now open for the 2020 intake of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program with the RACGP.

AGPT with the RACGP is a three to four year, full-time training program offered in metropolitan, rural, remote or very remote locations around Australia. It comprises hospital training, general practice placements and extended skills training.

During the 2020 intake, RACGP applicants will be given the opportunity to express interest in undertaking Rural Generalist Training through the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP), while training towards RACGP Fellowship. 

Applications will open at 10.00 am AEDT, Monday 25 March 2019 and will close at 10.00 am AEST, Monday 28 April.

Express your interest to stay up to date with the latest information and resources.

Quality improvement in your practice – Meeting the QI requirement

Every day, you and your practice team are improving the quality of healthcare you provide to your patients.

If you can capture that improvement by describing, documenting and evaluating your practises, then you can use your experience to complete the quality improvement (QI) requirement for the QI&CPD 2017–19 triennium.

The following activity options capture:

  • small group learning (SGL)
  • clinical audit
  • general practice research
  • evidence-based medicine journal club (EBMJC)
  • supervised clinical attachment (SCA)
  • plan, do, study, act (PDSA)
  • planning learning and need (PLAN)
  • QI reflection form.

The RACGP can support you with meeting your QI&CPD requirements. If you require assistance, please contact the QI&CPD department.

External news and information*

Keeping the lights on – iDEA 2019

Friday to Sunday 57 April 2019

The Doctors for the Environment annual conference will provide medical professionals and medical students with the opportunity to upskill, get motivated, and address the biggest challenge and opportunity facing doctors today — the human health impacts of environment and climate change.

The conference themes of climate health, sustainability, human rights and clean energy have attracted some amazing presenters. Combining their insights with your knowledge and passions you will leave the conference feeling inspired and more deeply connected with others who are ready to make a difference.

iDEA will be held at the University of Tasmania Menzies Research Institute in Hobart.­­ For more information, visit the iDEA conference website.

Strange alchemies: Anaesthesia and pharmacy then and now

10.00 am – 12.15 pm, Saturday 23 March 2019

      ‘I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death ...’ – JK Rowlings.

The Collection of Medical Artefacts Tasmania (COMA) invites you to come and explore the effects of chemistry on the human mind and body.


  • Dr John Paull: An unlikely anaesthetist – Charles Darwin and his interesting use of chloroform
  • Dr Richard Waldron: Amazing advances in modern anaesthesiaAn overview from a practising anaesthetist
  • Mr Ralph Tapping: Before the dollar and the contraceptive pill – Life as a chemist in the 50s and 60s
  • Prof Greg Peterson: Modern medicines – A spectrum from the marvellous to the ridiculous 

For more information and to purchase tickets, email COMA Tasmania or call 03 6210 0100.

Opportunity to participate in a local research study on sedentary behaviour management in primary care

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are seeking GPs and registrars who would like to provide opinion on sedentary behaviour assessment and management in primary care.

By understanding how you perceive sedentary behaviour, researchers can provide better guidance regarding the implementation of feasible, effective and acceptable strategies to manage sedentary behaviour for primary care patients.

Participation will involve a choice of a 30-minute telephone, or in-person interview, at a convenient time and place.

For more information, please contact Jen Makin on or call 03 6226 4267.


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