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19 October 2018

RACGP Victoria – October newsletter

Chair report

Dr Cameron Loy – Chair, RACGP Victoria

The RACGP's annual conference – GP18, held on the Gold Coast, was a successful event and RACGP Queensland excelled. 

A lot is happening in Victoria. SafeScript was launched with Western Victoria receiving the initial rollout. All of Victoria can sign up and start using it, but Western Victoria are currently receiving the training, information nights and direct support until next April. Please register now

The Annual General Meeting was held at GP18 and a few items were announced, the Faculty Board is now a Faculty Council, and Faculty Board Members are now Faculty Councillors. We are pleased to welcome new Councillors – Dr Anita Muñoz, Dr Bernard Shui, Dr Ajai Verma and Dr Abdul (Naveed) Mughal. Also, congratulations to Dr Kaye Atkinson for her appointment to Censor-in-Chief and Dr Ed Vergara for joining our Council as RACGP Victoria Censor.

On Sunday 25 November, the RACGP Victoria Fellowship and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. It's a great event celebrating the Faculty Awards and introducing new Fellows into our profession.

Lastly, have you ever considered widening your involvement in health? Public Health Services and many Hospital Boards are currently recruiting. You will need to register and review the position descriptions, but worth considering.

RACGP Victoria events

Events in the spotlight

Walking on thin ICE: Methamphetamine in general practice

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These sessions will provide the tools and strategies required to build the skills and knowledge for responding to and treating methamphetamine users safely and effectively. 

The upcoming sessions will be held in the following locations:

Ballarat – Wednesday 7 November 2018

Dandenong – Tuesday 4 December 2018

For more information, please call 03 8699 0488 or email

Calendar of events

QI&CPD PLAN information session  Thursday 18 October
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) – Module 2 Saturday 20 October
Perform CPR – A workshop for GPs Wednesday 24 October
Webinar: Medicare and the MBS – An introduction for GPs Wednesday 31 October
Walking on thin ICE: Methamphetamine in general practice – Ballarat Wednesday 7 November
QI&CPD PLAN interactive session Wednesday 14 November
2018 RACGP Victoria Fellowship and Awards Ceremony (By invitation only) Sunday 25 November
MATOD – Module 2 Saturday 1 December
MATOD – Module 1  Tuesday 4 December
Walking on thin ICE: Methamphetamine in general practice Tuesday 4 December
Perform CPR – A workshop for GPs Wednesday 5 December

Event review: IMGs in general practice – Let's talk

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The IMG Committee organised and conducted a session for international medical graduates (IMGs) at RACGP House in East Melbourne on 8 September.

The following topics were covered:

  • Practising in the Australian context
  • Communication between GPs and patients
  • Cultural and ethnic barriers in general practice
  • Case studies: Australian issues, medico-legal matters.

The session was very successful and well attended. IMG Committee members lead the discussions and the event provided a networking opportunity for IMGs, the IMG Committee and RACGP Victoria board members.

RACGP Victoria thanks the IMG Committee. We would also like to express our thanks to MIGA for their support.

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National news and opportunities

International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference

Friday to Sunday 1–3 March 2019

Join local and international addiction specialists at the fifth International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) Conference in Melbourne.

IMiA 2019 features thought-provoking presentations from internationally renowned clinical and research experts, as well as a range of practical workshops. The behavioural aspect of addiction, stress and addiction, and controversies in prescribing and practice will be the focus of IMiA 2019.

IMiA 2019 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information, visit the IMiA 2019 website.

Register now.

External news and opportunities*

Red Nose saving little lives – 2018 inaugural red nose research series

Date: Monday 3 December 2018
Time: 6.00–8.30 pm
Venue: Jim Stynes Room, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Price: Free (Catering provided)

Prominent researchers and health professionals in the field of stillbirth will lead discussions about the ground-breaking research projects they are currently undertaking. The latest in the field of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) will also be discussed.

Places are strictly limited. Please register your interest for an official invitation.

Children's Pain Management Clinic – Paediatric Chronic Pain Symposium

Date: Saturday 10 November 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 5.30 pm
Venue: Ella Lathan Auditorium, The Royal Children's Hospital
Price: $250 (incl GST) (Morning and afternoon tea provided)

This one-day symposium will provide the guiding principles regarding paediatric chronic pain management.

Topics include:

  • an overview of the epidemiology and multidimensional nature of chronic pain in childhood and adolescence
  • an introduction to assessment and treatment strategies with evidence-informed overviews of primary approaches within a biopsychosocial framework, including assessing and treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in this demographic
  • managing pain presentations of medically unexplained aetiology
  • delivering education about pain.

Presented by clinicians of the Royal Children's Hospital Children's Pain Management Clinic Multidisciplinary team.

Download the full program.

Coroner recommends mandatory reporting to improve road safety

Recent Coronial reports have highlighted the importance of medical fitness to drive recommending mandatory reporting by health professionals to replace the driver self-report processes.

Drivers rely on advice from health professionals about how medical conditions, and disabilities and treatments may affect driving and legal reporting obligations.

VicRoads has engaged with doctors to develop resources that support patient conversations regarding driving fitness and the VicRoads medical review process (available soon).

Until then, you can learn more at the VicRoads website and search 'health professionals'.


*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.


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