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RACGP Tasmania newsletter

26 November 2018

Tasmania in action

A message from our Chair, Dr Jennifer Presser

My Health Record

My Health Record has been a hot topic at my workplace, Headspace in Hobart. From this perspective, it appears there will be a significant amount of time and resources needed to enable young people to understand My Health Record and for them to change their access and security settings to participate in the program.

As a GP, I feel that the principle of an electronic health record is sound, but that there will be significant resources and training needed to ensure the program is useful and effective. Please don’t hesitate to contact the RACGP if you or your patients have particular problems or concerns about My Health Record.

Termination of pregnancy services

We are still waiting for information regarding a private provider of surgical termination of pregnancy services for Tasmania. Recently, I have participated in radio and print interviews where I have re-iterated the importance of access to affordable termination of pregnancy services for women in Tasmania. As an interim measure, a small number of surgical terminations are provided.

Currently, medical termination services are available in all regions of Tasmania. However, many patients have voiced concerns that they have not been able to access these services. I would be very interested to hear about any challenges or good news stories that you or your patients have experienced regarding termination of pregnancy services in Tasmania.

Tasmanian immunisation strategy review

Dr Amanda Lo, RACGP representative for Denison, and I met with members of the Communicable Diseases and Prevention Unit in Hobart as part of a state-wide series of reviews of the Tasmanian Immunisation Strategy. During the meeting, the work of GPs in meningococcal vaccination was praised and highly valued. Feedback about how this process was rolled out, general practice systems and workload was well received. 

Although we may have fewer resources than the larger states, one of the prime advantages of working in Tasmania is that we can on most occasions talk directly with the ‘inner circle’ of those involved in strategy and decision making. 

Feel free to email me with your observations and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jenny Presser
Chair, RACGP Tasmania

Tasmania news and events

From Matt's desk

The year is creaking to a close. We’re almost through November and there are fruit mince pies in all the shops. It’s beginning to look a lot like …well, you know.

We have just completed OSCE 2018.2 with resounding success. I want to pay tribute to our valued members and colleagues, who give their time as examiners, role players and assessors with commitment and professionalism.

We are required to mobilise almost 10% of our eligible membership to run the two OSCE rotas in Tasmania, and through the dedication of our staff team, help from an army of medical student marshals and the enthusiastic support of our members, we deliver. My pride in everyone’s efforts is enormous.

On a personal note, I will be away from the office for two weeks, having some minor surgery on a painful toe. I am reliably informed by my GP that my career as an Olympic high jumper is over and nothing will fix my golf game. However, I remain optimistic.

I hope your year is ending better and brighter than it began. Should you need anything at all, please contact the RACGP Tasmania team and we will do our utmost to help.

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

Matthew Rush
State Manager, RACGP Tasmania.

FRACGP pre-exam workshop 2019.1 AKT and KFP

Saturday 8 December 

2019.1 AKT/KFP

RACGP Tasmania is pleased to offer this workshop to support Fellowship exam candidates who will sit the 2019.1 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP) examinations. 

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.

For more information or to register online, visit the RACGP website.

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

2019 FPS CPD program

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 for FPS (2721– 2727).

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, addressing challenging cases and developing strategies for responding to barriers in order to achieve best practice. 

The program is offered in four two-hour evening sessions in a teleconference format, proposed for February and March 2019. Facilitated by a GP with a specific mental health interest, topics and interventions covered will be determined by input from group members in the first session.

On successful completion of the program, including the predisposing activity, all sessions and the 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.

Places are limited. Please email RACGP Tasmania to express your interest in attending.

National news and opportunities

Future Leaders program 2019 – Applications open until 30 November

Future Leaders 2019 is an RACGP program designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and confidence as a GP leader.

This eight-month program is designed to help you recognise your strengths, challenge you to think strategically and produce beneficial change. Most importantly, the program will increase your confidence and enable you to influence through an understanding of values and how they intersect with communication strategies.

Delivered primarily online through webinars and peer-group sessions, this eight-month program includes the following topics:

  • Focus on self: Uses an online evaluation tool, mentoring and peer-group discussion to identify your individual needs and make the most of your own abilities.
  • Focus on others: Applies techniques and methods for influencing and achieving change.
  • Focus on the future: Looks at how to take a bird's-eye view of what is happening and identify ways of moving forward.

For more information, refer to the flyer.

Webinar: Real life ‘locuming’ – Challenges, anecdotes and adventure

7.30–9.30 pm (AEST), Wednesday 28 November 2018

RACGP Rural is pleased to offer rural and remote GP locums and GPs interested in rural locum work the opportunity to attend the second webinar in the series.

Our experienced facilitators, Dr Adam Brownhill and Dr Wendy Sexton, return to guide more detailed discussions on the challenges and issues associated with GP locum work. 

Topics will include drugs of dependence, critically unwell patients, education and continuing professional development (CPD), payment, staff dynamics, illness, family or personal emergencies and more.

For more information refer to the flyer, email or call the RACGP Rural team on 1800 636 764.

Register now on the RACGP website. 

Webinar: Optimising outcomes when working with interpreters

3.30–4.30 pm (AEST), Wednesday 5 December 2018

Australia is an increasingly diverse society with close to a third of the population born overseas.

Many patients presenting to a GP practice may not be proficient in English and may need the services of an interpreter. Using professional interpreters is shown to improve patient satisfaction and compliance.

Presented by Dr Aesen Thambiran, Director of Humanitarian Entrant Health Service, and Ms Khin Myo Myint, Burmese Interpreting and Translating Services, this free webinar will assist GPs in:

  • reviewing the role of culture and language in the healthcare setting
  • discussing the importance of working with professional interpreters
  • reviewing how to get the most out of a consultation when working with an interpreter.

To register visit the RACGP website.

New content within the Murtagh collection

Content from Murtagh’s general practice (7th edition) is now available in the Murtagh e-book collection.

Covering a range of traditional and modern practice, the book emphasises the importance of clinical reasoning, early diagnosis and strategies for solving common problems, continuing care, holistic management and 'tricks of the trade'.

Included in the Murtagh collection is Susan Wearne’s popular text Clinical cases for general practice exams, which is designed to help students and doctors with practising clinical cases that are presented to Australian GPs. Guidance on exam preparation and how to use the cases, including as part of group study, is provided.

Each of the 80 cases include:

  • instructions for the doctor and student and the role-playing patient
  • a suggested approach, a case commentary, references and recommendations for further reading.

To find out more and to access this valuable, member-only resource, visit the Murtagh collection and select Murtagh's general practice (7th edition). Alternatively, select the link to 'Cases' in the footer. Login to the RACGP website is required.


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. 

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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