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 PresserChair, RACGP Tasmania
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.
Saturday 8 December
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.
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.
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:
For more information, refer to the flyer.
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 email@example.com or call the RACGP Rural team on 1800 636 764.
Register now on the RACGP website.
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:
To register visit the RACGP website.
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:
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.
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.
The RACGP Tasmania e-newsletter is distributed to more than 720 members each month with a target audience of GPs, academics, general practice registrars, medical students and practice managers.
Contact Julia Ray at RACGP Tasmania to discuss your options to advertise in the newsletter.
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