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21 June 2018

RACGP Victoria – June newsletter

Chair report

Dr Cameron Loy – Chair, RACGP Victoria

RACGP Victoria is pleased to announce the state award winners.

Congratulations to:

RACGP Victoria General Practice of the Year 2018 – Springs Medical Centre

RACGP Victoria Registrar of the Year 2018 – Dr Daniel Epstein

The RACGP awards recognise and mark the excellence in our profession and the two state award winners demonstrate that excellence.

Springs Medical Centre see themselves as providing a service to the community and as a part of the community. They run initiatives to increase access to students at the nearby high school, for the LGBTIQ community, as well as running an intensive and detailed training program for medical and nursing students.

Dr Daniel Epstein is an exceptional registrar. The accomplishments at this stage of his career read like a GP further along their career. He is currently in early GP training actively involved in teaching both at Monash University and at the regional training organisation he is enrolled in. His work establishing Vaxcards as a way to educate and inform children about vaccines has been taken up in more than two dozen countries and has been mentioned in the Lancet.

Celebrating the outstanding and the excellent in our profession allows us to see what is possible to achieve. Congratulations to the RACGP Victoria state award winners.

As with every exam cycle, the 2018.1 OSCE has just ended; however, the RACGP Victoria staff are already preparing for the next 2018.2 cycle. To all the candidates preparing for the upcoming Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP), we wish the best in your preparations.

The RACGP conference registrations are now open. The GP18 program is finalised – the conference looks to be a great event celebrating general practice and increasing skills and knowledge in our professional practice.

RACGP Victoria events

Events in the spotlight

GPADD18 Conference

Saturday and Sunday 4–5 August 2018

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The RACGP Victoria Drug and Alcohol Committee invite 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, including chronic pain, motivational interviewing, hepatitis C and pharmacotherapy. 

In 2007, Soula Mantalvanos, Graphic Designer (pictured above), was working on a design brief for a client when the fit-ball she was sitting on exploded. She dropped to a concrete floor, causing her ongoing chronic pain. 

Soula realised that the key to living with, and overcoming, chronic pain is accepting it and taking responsibility for its management. She also found that having to retell and update her story to a range of professionals was time-consuming, tedious and often traumatic. Soula will draw on her communication skills, as well as her 11-year experience as a patient, to talk about the public perception of chronic pain and to present her pain management resources at the Saturday program of the GPADD18 Conference.

View the program, cost and accommodation details.

Register here.

Calendar of events

Intermediate Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) – Melbourne  Friday 20 July
Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependency (MATOD) – Module 2 Saturday 21 July
Advanced CEMP – Melbourne Saturday and Sunday 21–22 July
Perform CPR – A workshop for GPs Wednesday 1 August
GPADD18 – Dealing with Addiction Conference Saturday and Sunday 4–5 August
Save the date – New Fellows networking evening Friday 17 August
Save the date – Members' meeting and 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
MATOD – Module 2 Sunday 16 September
Save the date – Improving communication and joint management: GP and psychiatrist networking evening Thursday 20 September

Have you completed your QI&CPD CPR requirement?

As part of the RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program for the 2017–19 triennium, GPs are required to complete one CPR course.

If you are yet to commence your CPR requirement, visit the RACGP website to find a local course. To ensure your CPR training is approved, please check that it meets the ARC guidelines.
If you have completed a CPR course that is not accredited, please follow the below steps to submit online.

Note: You will need an electronic copy of your CPR certificate.

1. Log in to myCPD
2. Select Submit a self-directed activity
3. Select and complete the online CPR form
4. Complete all details and attach a copy of your certificate
5. Click Submit

Alternatively, download the Word .docx form, fill in the details and email it to your local QI&CPD office with a copy of your CPR certificate attached.

The RACGP is available to support your ongoing professional development. If you require assistance, please contact your local QI&CPD department.

National news and opportunities

Are you interested in acquiring advanced mental health skills without having to leave your practice?

RACGP Rural is inviting registrations for the June intake of the Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST). This program blends online and peer group learning into four flexible and easily accessible modules.

One participant offered the following feedback: ‘This has been an invaluable activity and it has already helped in my everyday practice. Living rurally, I don't think I would have had any other opportunity to learn these skills otherwise’.

For more information and to register, please visit the RACGP website.

RACGP SA&NT Retreat 2018 – Laying the foundations

Saturday and Sunday 18-19 August

The inaugural Retreat 2018 will take place in the beautiful Barossa Valley. This event will incorporate a variety of education sessions presented by high-profile speakers, as well as a multitude of networking opportunities and social activities.

Enjoy a weekend away and experience the best of the wineries and culinary delights from the world-renowned Barossa region.

Register now.

External news and opportunities*

Support for GPs who treat people with an opioid dependence

cohealth is funding 25 scholarships to GPs in North West Melbourne who have completed MATOD Module 2 training. The sessions will provide an opportunity to sit with an experienced pharmacotherapy-trained GP to build further understanding, skills and competence in managing the needs and improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for people with opioid dependence.

Topics covered include:

  • aberrant behavior
  • working within a harm reduction approach 
  • the practice of pharmacotherapy. 

For more information, email or call 9448 5511.  


Managing alcohol and other drug presentations in primary care workshop

6.30–9.00 pm, Tuesday 17 July | Royal Melbourne Hospital

Join us to learn about alcohol and other drug assessment tools, management strategies and treatment options, and pathways to care for patients misusing alcohol and other drugs. Enhance your knowledge to better manage patients within your own practice.

The recently developed HealthPathways will be showcased in a discussion on how they can be used in your practice.

Reserve your place at this free event.

Presented by South East and North West Melbourne Pharmacotherapy Networks Community of Practice.


Melbourne Children’s GP Paediatric Update program

Saturday 4 August | The Royal Children’s Hospital

The inaugural Melbourne Children's GP Paediatric Update (GPPU) program comprises interactive presentations and workshops from paediatric experts designed to update GPs on a number of paediatric issues relevant to general practice, such as updates on immunisation, common allergy problems, respiratory illness and obesity, including an expert panel to discuss child and adolescent mental health.

Register online to secure your place. For more information, contact

The GPPU is run and coordinated by the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.


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