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RACGP WA newsletter

13 September 2018

Chair report

Dr Tim Koh - Chair report

It is a great pleasure to welcome the new RACGP WA Chair, Dr Sean Stevens. Sean will be familiar to many members – having been the RACGP WA Deputy Chair for the past four years and Chair of the RACGP Business of General Practice Network.  

Sean is a strong advocate for GPs in WA and has been particularly vocal in the areas of education and practice ownership. Sean will be joined on the WA executive team by incoming Deputy Chairs, Dr Mary Wyatt and Dr Andrew Png, our Provost Dr Frank Jones, as well as RACGP WA State Manager Hamish Milne. 

RACGP WA news and events

From Hamish’s desk

It has been a bumper month of engagements for our New Fellows. The Fellowship and Awards Ceremony in mid-August was such a celebratory event for the 93 New Fellows and their families, friends and supporters. It was a pleasure to welcome the President-elect, Dr Harry Nespolon, at the ceremony where he presented the Chris Silagy Research Scholarship on behalf of the RACGP Foundation. We also welcomed Dr Ayman Shenouda in his capacity as RACGP Rural Chair to congratulate the FARGP recipients.

On 1 September, the inaugural Foundations for General Practice Conference was held at Mandoon Estate. With a focus on early career GPs, more than 60 members were present to learn about the foundational skills for business, clinical practice and career. One of the highlights of the day was the Aboriginal food and cultural experience.

At both events, it was particularly good to meet many Fellowship ad eundem gradum members.

RACGP WA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

On Saturday 18 August, 93 New Fellows were acknowledged by RACGP WA Chair, Dr Tim Koh, for achieving Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

In addition to completing their FRACGP, Dr Georgina Stevenson and Dr Chung Jian Tan crossed the stage a second time to receive the Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) in recognition of the additional training undertaken to develop advanced general practice skills specific to rural life in Australia. 

A number of other awards were also presented on the night:

  • The Sam Bada Medical Educator Award was awarded to Dr Jennifer Smith for her exemplary contribution and dedication to supporting fellowship candidates on their journey toward Fellowship.
  • The 2018 Faculty Legend Award was awarded to Dr Jack Christodulout for his contribution to the RACGP and, in particular, for his leadership, support and advice to the RACGP WA staff.

RACGP WA congratulates all the New Fellows, FARGP graduates and award winners for their achievements.

RACGP WA would also like to thank the event sponsors, WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) and Western Australia Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), for their continued support of the RACGP and of our New Fellows.

Gold sponsor                                                                    

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Silver sponsor


2018 RACGP award winners recognised at the Fellowship Ceremony

In recognition of excellence in general practice, three state awards were presented at the RACGP WA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony on 18 August.

The RACGP Awards celebrate the important contribution of GPs to the health of patients and communities across Australia every year.

General Practitioner of the Year: Dr William ‘Bill’ Sands (pictured right) was presented with the WA General Practitioner of the Year Award for the provision of excellent healthcare for outstanding commitment to the general practice profession and for his significant involvement in training and continuing professional development.

WA General Practice of the Year:  Lakes Medical Centre in South Lake was presented the WA General Practice of the Year Award for their approach to patient health and wellbeing, exemplary service and quality of care provided to patients, health promotion activities and the practice’s involvement in general practice teaching.

WA General Practice Registrar of the Year: Dr Natalia Bovell received the WA General Practice Registrar of the Year Award for her strong commitment to learning the general practice profession and her provision of high-quality patient care.

FRACGP exams update

Congratulations to all the WA candidates who successfully passed the 2018.2 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and Key Feature Problem (KFP) examinations. Across Australia, 1194 candidates sat the AKT. Full exam reports for both exams are available on the RACGP website.

The 2019.1 AKT and KFP exam enrolments will open at 9.00 am AEST, Monday 17 September and close at 8.00 pm AEDT, Friday 16 November 2018.

The faculty will host workshops to assist candidates in their AKT and KFP exam preparations. These are open for registration via the RACGP website.

The OSCE preparation exam workshops will run for the remainder of the month and into October. The RACGP would like to thank all the examiners and medical educators for their assistance, particularly those examining at the mock OSCE workshop this weekend.

Beyond the bump – Improving postpartum clinical care

Saturday 17 November 2018

This one-day active learning module (ALM) aims to develop the skills and knowledge of GPs to guide parents through the first three months of a newborn baby's life. Subject matter experts will cover the crucial topics of sleep, feeding, post-natal depression and anxiety, as well as unexpected issues relating to the physical recovery of the mother.

Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm


St John of God Hospital Mt Lawley, Thirlmere Road


RACGP member early bird:
$154 (ends 31 October)
RACGP member: $198 | Non-member: $265

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

To register, visit the RACGP website.

For more information or if you have any queries, email

Calendar of events

Event Date 
2018.2 pre-exam workshop – Case role-play and practice Saturday 15 September
2018.2 OSCE pre-exam workshop (Mock OSCE) Sunday 16 September
2018.2 OSCE study group series Various dates September to October
Clinical cases and conversations – Managing child abuse: The GP’s role Thursday 20 September
CPR course for GPs Tuesday 25 September
The business of general practice Saturday 27 October
Cervical screening (Registrar event) Tuesday 13 November
2019.1 KFP pre-exam webinar series Wednesday 14, 21 and 28 November
Beyond the bump – Improving postpartum clinical care Saturday 17 November
2019.1 AKT and KFP pre-exam workshop Saturday 17 November and Saturday 1 December

For the full list of professional development events, view the RACGP WA calendar.

RACGP National news and events

Have you secured your place at GP18?

It’s not too late to register and join your friends and colleagues on the sunny Gold Coast while hearing the latest clinical updates and research.

We look forward to seeing you in October. Register via the RACGP website.

Webinar: Managing prostate cancer in general practice

5.00–6.30 pm, Tuesday 18 September 2018

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men. Despite a high survival rate, a significant sub-group of patients report poor quality of life related to treatment side effects.

There is potential for general practice to improve patient experience and outcomes by being aware of risk factors, informing and assisting men with decisions regarding prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, knowing which symptoms to further investigate, as well as understanding management options and supportive care needs.

This complimentary webinar will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for GPs to provide current evidence-based care to their patients.

Tools supporting discussion around PSA testing in asymptomatic patients (ie for patients presenting with signs and symptoms and for accessing local referral pathways) will be discussed.

This project is delivered by the Cancer Council Victoria, the University of Melbourne and supported by the Victorian Government.

To register, visit the RACGP website.

For more information or if you have any queries, email

External news and events*

Rural Health West Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Round three opens Wednesday 26 September 2018

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health to improve access to health services in rural and remote areas.

The program aims to support health professionals in rural and remote Australia to develop their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

To apply for the Scholarship program, submit your application on the Rural Health West website from Wednesday 26 September.

For more information, view the flyer.

The upcoming RACGP workshop, Beyond the bump – Improving postpartum clinical care will be held on Saturday 17 November (also eligible for the HWSP).

Webinar: Borderline Personality Disorder webinar series for practitioners

5.15–6.30 pm, Wednesday 26 September 2018

The borderline personality disorder (BPD) professional development series will help GPs  improve their understanding in the complexities of BPD and to better support people living with BPD and their families. The next webinar in the series is on ‘Management of self-injury and suicidality’.

This complimentary webinar will include presentations from an expert panel who will use case studies to discuss non-suicidal self-injury and suicidality in BPD, analyse risk factors and highlight strategies for non-suicidal self-injury and suicide risk.

Register via the Australian BPD Foundation website.

Funded by the Australian Government and produced by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria

Research corner*

Have your say – WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategies 2019–23

The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program is undertaking consultations to inform the development of the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Strategies 2019–23 and invites you to provide feedback. Health professionals are invited to volunteer in the consultations below.

Online consultations

The online survey is open until 5.00 pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018. Please allocate 30 minutes to complete the survey.

Regional consultations

Face-to-face consultations will be held at selected locations across all regions in WA from September to November 2018.

For more information, email or call 08 9388 4874.

Survey: Have your say on Practice Assist

Practice Assist is a joint initiative of Rural Health West and the WA Primary Health Alliance to provide a seamless, integrated general practice support service to all general practices across Western Australia.

After almost 12 months of this service operating, Practice Assist is seeking feedback from general practice staff seeking ways to improve the services and support it provides.

If you work in general practice, you are invited to complete a short five-minute online survey to help the service identify any gaps or areas for improvement. We appreciate and value your feedback.

*Inclusion does not imply RACGP endorsement.

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