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26 September 2018

RACGP Victoria – September newsletter

Chair report

Dr Cameron Loy – Chair, RACGP Victoria

Since our last newsletter, we have held a number of major education and networking events. The IMG Committee ran a well-attended morning session that provided essential collegiate and peer support, and information around some of the issues experienced when settling into Australian general practice.

At the RACGP Victoria Member Meeting and state awards night, we celebrated the Victorian Practice of the Year, Springs Medical in Daylesford, and the Victorian Registrar of the Year, Dr Daniel Epstein. We also reflected on the Faculty's achievements over the past 12 months.

The New Fellows Committee held an informal networking evening and will continue to run local peer networking evenings across Victoria – view our event pages for opportunities to sign up for upcoming events.

For GPs in Western Victoria, SafeScript will be launched in October. All other regions of Victoria will receive access to SafeScript in 2019. Visit the SafeScript website to register your details and view the learning modules. In the evaluation phase, not all medical software will have the SafeScript system fully integrated. There is great benefit for practices to fully integrate their systems with SafeScript – ask your software supplier about updates to fully integrate with SafeScript.

The 2018 RACGP Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 11 October at GP18. All members should have received the Notice of AGM, which includes information on voting. This will be particularly useful for those who will not be attending the AGM in person, but would still like to vote. I encourage you all to get involved – the AGM is a key opportunity for members to ensure their views are heard.

The Victorian state election is also fast approaching. I encourage you to use every opportunity to speak to your local member about the crucial role of GPs within your community. General practice is the most accessed and effective part of our healthcare system and deserves far more attention from state governments. 

RACGP Victoria events

Events in the spotlight

New Fellows small group networking

The RACGP Victoria New Fellows Committee is hosting small group catch-ups for GPs who are in their first five years after attaining Fellowship.

Come along to a casual networking night to talk with like-minded GPs about all things post-Fellowship.

The small group catch-ups are being held in the following locations:

Melbourne South – Tuesday 2 October

Geelong – Friday 5 October

Melbourne North –  Tuesday 13 November

For more information, please call 03 8699 0488 or email

Calendar of events

QI&CPD PLAN information session Thursday 27 September
New Fellows small group networking – Melbourne South (Elsternwick) Tuesday 2 October
New Fellows small group networking – Geelong Friday 5 October
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
Walking on Thin ICE: Methamphetamine in General Practice – Ballarat Wednesday 7 November
New Fellows small group networking – Melbourne North (North Fitzroy) Tuesday 13 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
Perform CPR – A workshop for GPs Wednesday 5 December

Event review: GPADD18 – Dealing with addiction conference

GPADD18 Dealing With Addiction

The GPADD18 conference (Dealing with Addiction in General Practice) was held in the beautiful Yarra Valley on the first weekend in August. We had a great turnout with over 80 delegates attending the event.

There were some excellent presentations on a range of topics, including 'Fitness to drive', managing chronic pain, safely prescribing opiates, introduction to 'Safe Scripts' (Real Time Prescription Monitoring) and 'GP Champions' programs.

We also had the opportunity for small group learning on hepatitis C, motivational interviewing, chronic pain management and opiate substitution therapy.

For entertainment, there was a driving simulator for use all weekend and we grooved to 80s music after dinner on Saturday.

RACGP Victoria thanks the GPADD18 organising committee.

RACGP Victoria thank the following sponsors for their support:

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Event review: Five2Thrive – New Fellows networking evening

The RACGP Victoria New Fellows Committee held a sell-out networking evening on 17 August at GG restaurant in East Melbourne. Titled Five2Thrive, the evening recognised the importance of the first five years post-Fellowship in shaping your future as a GP.

In keeping with a theme of Fives, we had five inspiring speakers sharing their top five tips around self-care, starting up a private practice, medico-legal issues, differentiating oneself as a GP and finances for New Fellows. It was wonderful to meet so many New Fellows from around Victoria and the networking continued well into the night.

We received feedback from New Fellows requesting more of such networking events – we are thrilled to announce the launch of our small group catch-ups! These will be held in various locations around Victoria and are an informal way to catch up with other like-minded New Fellows and discuss all things post-Fellowship.

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

RACGP Victoria thanks the following sponsors for their support:

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National news and opportunities

RACGP Specific Interests has a new resources page

A RACGP Specific Interests now has a resources page on the RACGP website. Available for access are recordings of past webinars along with presentations slides and frequently asked questions, as well as policy and advocacy updates. This page will be updated regularly with relevant resources developed by the Specific Interests networks.

To access the information, visit the Specific Interests resources webpage.

External news and opportunities*

New resources on women's sexual and reproductive health

The Victorian Government has funded Women's Health Victoria to operate a new information line on contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health – 1800 My Options.

A database of providers of sexual and reproductive health services can be accessed by calling 1800 696 784 or visiting the 1800 My Options website.

GPs can also register their details on the website or privately over the phone for individual caller's enquiries. For more information and to register, select the 'health professional' tab on the website.

View the new and updated consumer information on the Better Health Channel website

1800 My Options

2018 Thunderstorm asthma campaign – Free resources and training now available

Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events usually occur during grass pollen season, normally between October and December.

Are you prepared?

To help with preparing your practice for the epidemic, the Victorian Government is running a 2018 public health campaign with community information and thunderstorm asthma campaign resources available in 15 languages or order at no cost using the online order form on the toolkit page.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the National Asthma Council Australia with delivering six epidemic thunderstorm asthma education sessions for health professionals across Victoria.

For registration and more information on these sessions, visit the National Asthma webpage.

Free online training is also available. Visit the gplearning webpage to view the RACGP's 'Identifying and managing risk factors for thunderstorm asthma' course. 

New regulations for private health service establishments

The Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Amendment Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 July 2018.

Correspondence from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the regulations can be viewed on the RACGP website.

Australasian Melanoma Conference 2018, Melbourne

Friday and Saturday 5–6 October 2018

This year's Australasian Melanoma Conference (AMC) has a strong program for primary care and skin cancer practitioners.

The AMC 2018 program has a stream that specifically targets the interests of primary care. International experts will present their findings in the cutting edges of epidemiology, artificial intelligence for diagnosis, dermoscopy and confocal microscopy.

Attendance is eligible for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points.

The dermoscopy sessions include basic and advanced lessons. Patient management sessions target surgery in primary care, interpretation of the pathology report, follow-up care, sentinel node biopsy and challenges posed by the new systemic therapies.

Access the program on the Australasian Melanoma website.


*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.


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