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17 July 2018

RACGP Victoria – July newsletter

Chair report

Dr Cameron Loy – Chair, RACGP Victoria

I have been lucky to visit a number of Fellows in their practices to see firsthand the high-quality, excellent medical care that is delivered by GPs across Victoria. General practice manages complex patients, often in locations close to the patients’ homes – it is the first stop when someone has a health question. 

When patients default out of other services because they don’t fit the entry criteria or they have unique patient characteristics, it is general practice that manages them long term. When patients require multiple secondary and tertiary services, it is general practice that helps them navigate treatment. When patients need someone to provide help and reassurance, general practice provides it. We should take time this month to look around and acknowledge the excellence within our clinics and wherever general practice occurs.

There is still time to enrol for the RACGP Victoria Drug and Alcohol Committee conference in the Yarra Valley. As all of us become more aware of the problems of substance misuse and the risk of the pharmaceuticals that we prescribe, this conference may be transformative. The program will provide new insights into substance misuse with content on how to manage the various presentations.

The TEMPO pain management workshop at the conference will also help you start thinking about pain in the general setting. View more information on the RACGP Victoria website.

Fellowship exams
Congratulations to the candidates of the RACGP Fellowship who passed the OSCE hurdle. I look forward to meeting you at the Fellowship Ceremony, as you complete your requirements this year or in the coming years. This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday 25 November – invitations will be sent out in September. My support also goes to the next group of candidates who have just finished their first exams in the AKT and KFP.

GP18 Conference
GP18 is fast approaching. The conference program is full of useful and interesting topics. After talking with other GPs, I always leave the conference renewed in the importance of what we do every day and how we all strive for excellence in patient care. Come along, it would be great to see you there.

RACGP Victoria Censor – Applications now open

Applications are now open to RACGP Fellows for the role of Victoria Censor.

The Censor plays an important role in maintaining the standards, fairness and integrity of the RACGP Fellowship program. Censors make determinations and provide advice on matters pertaining to RACGP Fellowship and provide recommendations on the suitability of candidates for admission to Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP or FARGP). Censors play a vital role in supporting candidates as they progress to Fellowship.

Applications close 11:55 pm Sunday 12 August 2018.

Visit the RACGP website for more information and to apply.

RACGP Victoria events

Events in the spotlight

GPADD18 Conference

Saturday and Sunday 4–5 August 2018

The RACGP Victoria Drug and Alcohol Committee invites you to attend the 2018 conference, GPADD18 – Dealing with Addiction. This conference will address some of the most common addictions and associated conditions that are presented to GPs in their daily practice.

Topics at the conference will include:

  • dealing with chronic pain
  • motivational interviewing
  • hepatitis C treatment
  • pain management for GPs.

This conference is accredited for 40 Category 1 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) points.

Dr Monica Moore

Dr Monica Moore

The Saturday program

Motivational interviewing is a specific counselling technique that has been proven to help patients make better lifestyle choices.

Presenter Dr Monica Moore (pictured) is a GP with a full-time psychotherapy practice and a passion for sharing the insights of psychology with clinicians working in primary healthcare. She combines over 20 years of experience in general practice with expertise in a range of counselling modalities that give her workshops a unique perspective.

This session teaches the basic skills of motivational interviewing, covering three important tenets – collaboration, specific language and evoking the patient’s own motivation for change.

View the program, cost and accommodation details.

Register here.

Five2Thrive – New Fellows networking evening

Friday 17 August 2018 


6.00 pm: Registration
6.30–8.30 pm: Meeting

Location GG Restaurant, East Melbourne, Vic 3002
Cost Member $20 | Non-member $35

Are you within the first five years since obtaining your Fellowship? Then, you're a New Fellow. Join us at GG Restaurant in East Melbourne for refreshments and canapés for the Five2Thrive New Fellows networking meeting.

Discover what the RACGP Victoria New Fellows Committee is doing for you, advise us what you would like us to do for you and listen to speakers share their top five tips for on:

  • starting your own practice
  • differentiating yourself as a GP
  • finances for GPs
  • medico-legal issues
  • self care.

Register now.

Members Meeting and state awards night

Thursday 30 August 2018 

Time 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start, refreshments and canapés to follow
Location Quay West Suites Melbourne - Conference Centre, Southbank Vic 3006
Cost Complimentary, members only

Quay West Suites Pic

We are delighted to invite all RACGP Victorian members to attend RACGP Victoria's Members Meeting and state awards.

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Patrizia Boetto, RACGP provost. Dr Cameron Loy will outline the achievements of RACGP Victoria over the past year. The 2018 recipients of the Victorian GP awards will also receive recognition.

Register here.

Calendar of events

Perform CPR – A workshop for GPs Wednesday 1 August
GPADD18 – Dealing with Addiction Conference Saturday and Sunday 4–5 August
Five2Thrive – New Fellows networking evening Friday 17 August
Members' Meeting and state awards night Thursday 30 August
Skin cancer: Theory and practice Saturday 1 September
Save the date – IMGs in general practice: Let’s talk Saturday 8 September
New Fellows webinar: Practising safely and smartly – A medico-legal point of view Wednesday 12 September
MATOD – Module 2 Sunday 16 September
Save the date – Improving communication and joint management: GP and psychiatrist networking evening Thursday 20 September

National news and opportunities

Webinar: The art of rural ‘locuming’, how your skills are transferable

8.00–9.00 pm, Thursday 9 August

RACGP Rural is pleased to invite GPs to the art of rural ‘locuming’. This webinar will provide insights into the work and tools required to successfully locum in rural and remote communities. Listen to experienced GP locums as they discuss the challenges and rewards, and have your questions answered.

For more information, view the flyeremail RACGP Rural or call 1800 636 764.

DynaMed Plus

Members now have access to DynaMed Plus – the premium version of evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed. In addition to the latest evidence, topic update alerts and full text content, DynaMed Plus provides recommendations for practice, thousands of images and graphics, and additional specialty content.

Access to DynaMed Plus is available via the John Murtagh Library's web pages. An app is now available for iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and devices.

User guides and videos are provided introducing DynaMed Plus features and functionality.

Access DynaMed Plus – your RACGP website login is required.

Practice Experience Program – New pilot program to support non-vocationally registered doctors

The RACGP has launched a new education program to support non-vocationally (non-VR) doctors on their pathway to Fellowship. The Practice Experience Program (PEP) will provide targeted educational support for non-VR doctors, primarily international medical graduates to assist them in preparing for RACGP Fellowship and delivering quality general practice care to their patients.

The PEP will commence as a pilot for 400 doctors in January 2019 and will be delivered in partnership with the Regional Training Organisations. The pilot is Commonwealth Government supported resulting in a reduced cost to participants.

For more information, please visit the PEP pilot website.

External news and opportunities*

Setting up a private practice, the practical side

Saturday 22 September 2018

Health Practice Creations Group invites you to this free seminar in Essendon Fields. Learn about the practical steps of setting up your own practice from health industry experts.

Topics include securing premises, legal requirements, council approval, design and fit-out, finance, IT and phone solutions, complex Medicare registrations, recruitment and much more. 

You will be provided with an outline of the steps involved in setting up a practice and an approximate cost for your practice go-live date. Medical practitioners will present the personal experiences, hurdles and quick wins they experienced on the same journey.

This activity is accredited for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points.

Register now.


Online immunisation training course for GPs

'Immunisation: A training course for GPs' is an accredited online learning activity that has been designed to maintain and further develop GPs' knowledge and expertise in immunisation. It is also suitable for any medical practitioner wishing to improve their knowledge and expertise in immunisation.

This activity was developed by the Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health and is accredited for 40 Category 1 RACGP QI&CPD points.

For more information and to access the course, visit


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