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The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012

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WA faculty newsletter April 2012

In this issue Old jetty at Eucla, Western Australia

02 Chair report 03 Collegial news 05 Upcoming events and QI&CPD activities 06 External events

HBF run for a reason – join the WA faculty team

08 Faculty events calendar

Welcome to the April issue of the RACGP WA Faculty newsletter. If you have any feedback on the content contained in this newsletter or would like to make a submission, the RACGP WA Faculty would love to hear from you. Please email:

Your WA faculty has entered a team into this year’s ‘HBF run for a reason’ fun run to be held on Sunday 27 May and wants all WA members to join in. The fun run features two distances – a 14km and 4km which you can walk, jog or run. This is a great opportunity for you to bring the family and friends along and enjoy some fitness and fun with other RACGP members. Members can register and pay for their entry (discounts available for HBF members) using the following instructions on the event website: Click here 1. Select ‘Register’ 2. Choose a username and password to create a profile 3. Select ‘Team’ for registration type 4. In team name, type in ‘RACGP WA’ and click ‘Search’ 5. Next to the team details, click ‘Join’ and follow the instructions to register The faculty is looking at producing team shirts and depending on demand, will provide details of this to participants. If you have any questions about the run please contact Amy at the faculty on Team registrations close Friday 18 May and packs will be available for collection from College House in the week leading up to the event. We hope to see you there!

For further information visit email or telephone 08 9489 9555


The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012

Chair report Assoc Prof Frank Jones Chair, RACGP WA Faculty Welcome to the new look WA faculty newsletter for 2012! As always the first few months of the new year have been an exciting and busy time at College House. The faculty board met on 15 March at College House for the first Board meeting of 2012. Key discussions at the meeting included: 1. The hospitals’ 4 hour rule – this is a hot topic amongst our hospital accident and emergency colleagues. Although not having an obvious relevance to general practice per se, the Bryant Stokes report again identified the perennial problem of access to quality general practice both within hours and after hours. While Medicare Locals are charged with identifying local needs, especially for after hours, Board members indicated that most practices and GPs already have identified their particular geographical need. A major obstacle to providing after hours care remains the remuneration issue. 2. Workforce issues – although outer urban, major regional, rural and remote needs are well documented, there are certain inner city regions which are poorly serviced and have great difficulty in attracting quality GPs. 3. Our RACGP National Standing Committee Advocacy representative – Colin Hughes initiated a broad debate around safe hours of work policy and quality of life and future funding for general practice. Ideas under discussion included changed the remuneration for time related/complexity for MBS item 23 (item B consult), block funding issues, voluntary registration (a medical home) and changing the structure of managing chronic disease within general practice. 4. Chaperones in general practice – James Quirke from Geraldton indicated his concerns, especially for rural GPs, many from differing cultural backgrounds. Click here to view the RACGP policy document outlining this issue. The last review of this policy was conducted in 2007 and the National Standing Committee for Quality Care will be encouraged to revisit the issue. Faculty input was constructive – the board has direct input into deliberations at a national level via the chair (as has always been the case) and now also has several National Standing Committee representatives. These are an integral part of the WA faculty board, ensuring direct member input into the issues that concern GPs. This is your College and your board. As usual, I welcome member input and comment on any of these issues.

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RACGP WA Faculty RACGP WA Faculty information Mailing address: PO Box 1065, West Leederville WA 6901 Street address: College House, 34 Harrogate Street, West Leederville WA 6007 Telephone: 08 9489 9555 Fax: 08 9489 9544 Email:

Faculty contacts: WA Faculty Chair Assoc Prof Frank Jones State Manager Malvina Nordström Membership, Marketing & Events Amy Felton Executive Support Officer Sandra McKernan QI&CPD Beth McEwan and Linda Cridland Education Rachel Patterson Fellowship Exam Zolly Williams Events & Administrative Assistant Sarah Williams

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the authors of articles in WA faculty newsletter are their own and not necessarily those of the publisher or the editorial staff, and must not be quoted as such. Every care is taken to reproduce articles accurately, but the publisher accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions or inaccuracies contained therein or for the consequences of any action taken by any person as a result of anything contained in this publication. The content of any advertising or promotional material contained within or mailed with WA faculty newsletter is not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. All rights reserved.

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The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012


Collegial news 2012 RACGP awards Nominations for the 2012 RACGP awards are now open for and close on 8 June 2012. Nominations may be made for the following 2012 RACGP awards: Rose-Hunt Award, Life Fellowship, Honorary Fellowship, Honorary Membership, General Practitioner of the Year, General Practice Registrar of the Year, General Practice Supervisor of the Year, General Practice of the Year, National Rural Faculty Brian Williams Award and National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Strong Together Award. Visit for more information.

General practice research grant and award opportunities The RACGP Foundation supports general practice research through the provision of grants, scholarships, Fellowships and awards each year. The applications for the 2012 grant round are closing on 30 April. This year a total of 26 research grants and awards are being offered by the RACGP Foundation to GPs and general practice registrars who are members of the RACGP. Available grants exceed $500 000. Award details and navigation to the online application process are available at and For more information email or phone 03 8699 0497.

GP Psych Support (GPPS) is available free to GPs Australia wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Submitting an enquiry and receiving a response is available via your choice of phone, fax or a secure website. Our psychiatrists have the extensive knowledge and experience to provide you with advice in the following areas: • • • • • •

perinatal child and adolescent drug and alcohol general adult old age psychiatry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Whether: • engaging in general assessment and management • making changes to a patient’s medication • determining a diagnosis or • deciding on the need for specialist referral, GPPS psychiatrists are available to provide you with support and a response within 24 hours.

To register and access the service, phone 1800 200 588 or visit To learn more, visit the website or contact the project team on 03 8699 0414 or GP Psych Support is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Program.

Disclaimer Please note the limitations of this support service and the disclaimer relating to its use, set out on the website In particular, the service is not appropriate for emergency cases and is not to be regarded as clinical advice – the responsibility for clinical management decisions remains the sole responsibility of the treating GP.


The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012

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Invitation to join the College’s newest faculty

A-Z journal list: for easy access to the library’s journals

Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of Australia’s highest health priorities. The RACGP is committed to raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health needs. As a result, the RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health was established to help ‘close the gap’ in health disadvantage.

The library has created an A-Z journal list which includes live links to journals available through library’s online resources such as the Ebscohost databases and the OUP medical journals collection, along with entries and links for selected ejournal titles that are freely available from the publishers. The A-Z list also provides holdings information (volumes and years) for the library’s print journal collection.

RACGP members are encouraged to take up complimentary membership of the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Members of the faculty have the opportunity to network with other GPs who have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and can contribute to ‘closing the gap’.

The aim of the A-Z list is to facilitate access for library users to the growing range of journal titles available by bringing them all together in a single easy to use listing. Specific articles can be requested via the library’s online request form by clicking on the ‘Request an article’ link provided within each entry of the A-Z list.

Membership of the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health is at no extra charge, provided that you are an existing member of the College. Click here to become a member today. For more information on the faculty visit

New resources to support your practice management The RACGP understands that GPs are highly skilled and trained in the clinical side of medicine, but aren’t necessarily taught how to manage and run their practice. Following feedback from our members, the RACGP is launching an expanding suite of resources to assist our GP members with their practice management. This is another way the RACGP is further supporting our members and building their RACGP membership value. Next month (May 2012), the following new resources will be released: Starting a medical practice – GPs need a reliable source of information to refer to when embarking on a venture to set up a medical practice. The RACGP Starting a medical practice workbook includes information on practice location and design, business structures, financial management, staffing arrangements, quality improvement, and risk management systems. Available in May 2012. Closing a medical practice – If you are considering closing a general practice, there are many important decisions to be made and legal, regulatory and insurance issues to be dealt with before you retire. The RACGP Closing a medical practice workbook covers some of these issues, including medical indemnity, storage of patient information and disposal of medications. Keep an eye on for availability of these new practice resources.

To find out more, and to access the A-Z journal list, login to the College website and go to journals/enhancedjournallist.

Building the future of rural health conference 20-23 September – call for abstracts Conference partners The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia and Rural Health West invite abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations for the 2012 Building the Future of Rural Health – 6th Annual Rural Health Conference. Papers presenting research on clinical and population health in rural and remote areas; workforce and training; and policy and programs are encouraged. Abstract submissions close on 5 June 2012. Click here for more information.

2012 Healthier WA Award The AMA (WA) and Healthway Healthier WA Award 2012 recognises WA organisations that have, through a specific venture, project or program, made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing outcomes which impact across the WA community. Only Western Australian based organisations can enter their ventures, programs or projects which must have been running for a minimum of 12 months and commenced no more than 5 years prior to nomination. $10 000 will be awarded in 2012 to the winner of this prestigious award. Visit for more information and to nominate. Entries close on Friday 25 May.

Australia Day Honours 2012 The WA faculty congratulates WA GP Dr Kim Tee Ong who was a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) at this year’s Australia Day Honours. Dr Ong was recognised for service to the rural community of Madurah and to medicine as a GP.

Newsletter submissions Do you have a good story to tell other GPs? Want to share your experiences with other RACGP WA members? The WA faculty would like to hear from you. Please send through any submissions to

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The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012


Upcoming faculty events and QI&CPD activities The WA faculty runs a number of workshops and educational events for GPs throughout the year. Unless stated otherwise, all WA faculty workshops and events will be held at College House – 34 Harrogate Street, West Leederville. Click on the links provided for each workshop for more information on session times, speakers, learning objectives, QI&CPD and contact and registration details. For a list of workshops please visit the WA faculty events page.

Orthopaedic education series The WA faculty in collaboration with the Murdoch Orthopaedic team bring you the 2012 Orthopaedic education series. The three evening workshops are free to RACGP members and offer the latest updates on the assessment and management of musculoskeletal problems in everyday primary care. 24 April – Lower limb arthritis 1 May – Lower limb sports injury 8 May – Upper limb pathology Click here for more information.

Cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling skills workshop – 4-6 May 2012 This workshop, developed by the WA faculty and clinical psychologist Lidia Genovese, has been designed for GPs who wish to develop their skills beyond the basics and take their counselling skills to the next level. Learning objectives include: • develop an understanding of the range of evidence based focused psychological strategies (FPS) • develop an understanding of the rationale for the use of FPS in different clinical circumstances • improve your ability to provide FPS to consumers as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan for common mental disorders. Click here for more information.

WA education series 2012 A series of one day active learning modules (ALMs) covering clinically challenging topics GPs are commonly presented with in general practice. 19 May –


21 July –


25 August – Mums and their babies Click here for more information.

CPR certification course The RACGP cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses are nationally accredited and are run in conjunction with Extremem Medical Pty Ltd (a nationally recognised training organisation). The faculty runs weekday evening and Saturday morning sessions throughout the year. Completion of this course will fulfil CPR requirements for the RACGP QI&CPD 2011-2013 triennium. 23 May –

evening session

19 September – evening session 13 October –

morning session

Click here for more information.

Intermediate and Advanced Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) workshops August 2012 Are you able to confidently manage life threatening emergencies within the first 30 minutes? Increase your knowledge, skills and confidence by attending the 1 day Clinical Emergency Management Intermediate workshop (40 Category 1 QI&CPD points), or enhance your adult trauma and paediatric emergencies skills by attending the 2 day Advanced workshop (80 Category 1 QI&CPD points). Special offers are now available for the Advanced workshop. You may also be eligible for a training grant of $2000 per day. These CEMP workshops will be held at Citigate, Wellington Street, Perth. Intermediate workshop – Friday 10 August 2012 Advanced workshop –  Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2012 For further information visit, email or free call 1800 284 732.


The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012

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GP12 – Leading primary care 25-27 October 2012 GP12, the RACGP annual conference is the highlight event on the general practice calendar. Taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2012, we are expecting over 1000 delegates to attend. The theme of this year’s conference is Leading primary care, focusing on practical skills to support your daily practice. The program will explore the following key streams: • Chronic disease • Clinical skills • Education and training • e-health and the PCEHR • Men, women and children’s health

Important GP12 dates to put in the diary: 4 June – GP12 registrations open 4 June – Preliminary program available 10 August – Early bird registrations close

Save the date 2012 WA Faculty Fellowship and Awards Ceremony and AGM

24 October – RACGP Academic Session

Friday 14 September

25 October – RACGP Annual General Meeting and Convocation (followed by conference opening plenary)

The 2012 WA Faculty Fellowship and Awards Ceremony and Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 14 September 2012 at The University Club of WA.

25-27 October – GP12 conference 27 October – Conference gala dinner Visit for regular updates and guest speaker announcements.

Invitations and more information will be issued in the coming months.

• Skin and bones • Telehealth/business innovations

External events The Monash Certificate in Clinical Occupational Medicine Short Course This short course will run in Melbourne from 18-22 June 2012 and is designed for occupational medicine trainees, GPs and other medical practitioners who manage patients with work related injuries. Practitioners will gain the knowledge and skills to: • diagnose and manage common occupational injuries and diseases • document and investigate complex and less common problems in occupational medicine • perform a medical assessment, including history and examination, aimed at pre-placement, medical surveillance or return to work • write a medicolegal report. This course is accredited for points in RACGP QI&CPD program for the 2011-2013 triennium. For more information visit

nd your Looking to improve and expa dermatological surgery techniques? Enrol now in the Dermatological surgery workshop Date 23 – 24 June 2012 Venue RACV Club, Melbourne The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), in collaboration with the RACGP and ACRRM, are holding a face-to-face dermatological skills workshop. The weekend workshop is available to all GPs, GP registrars and ACD training program registrars seeking to improve and expand their dermatological surgery techniques, including cryotherapy, excisions and flap repairs. For more information, visit


The RACGP WA Faculty newsletter — April 2012

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Invitation for GPs, practice managers and practice nurses to attend

E-health: What it means for your patients, your practice and your data The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ technology enterprise, RACGP Oxygen, invites GPs and staff to participate in an e-health active learning module (ALM). The emerging e-health environment provides opportunity to develop practice culture to drive improvements in care. The effective use of information and information systems will be critical as we move into an e-health care delivery model. The ALM consists of three activities: •

Activity 1: E-health supporting patient care (1 hour online)

Activity 2: How e-health will work in daily general practice (3 hour face-to-face workshop)

Activity 3: Improving the quality of your data (2 hours online).

This education covers what e-health is, the Healthcare Identifiers Service, the shared e-health record system, and the importance of data quality. Using e-tools to manage patient health information

2012 workshop dates

and practice business information is demonstrated and discussed at the workshop. In order to complete the ALM, a predisposing and a reinforcing activity are required in addition to completing the online activities and the workshop. After completing these activities, participants will be able to: •

Identify the areas of e-health and their potential impact on your patients, practice and data

Recognise the importance of accurate identification of patients, their healthcare providers and organisations when transferring shared health information

Identify a quality improvement process to improve data quality

Manage patient health information and practice business information using e-tools to improve the delivery of care in your practice

Recognise the value of a quality and safety team culture.

Workshop program




Registration and light meal

10 May

Geraldton, WA

Dr Mike Civil

Welcome and discussion

15 May

Melbourne, VIC

Dr Rob Hosking and Judy Evans

What is e-health?

Dr John Bennett and Jess Carmichael

Tea and coffee break

Judy Evans and Ben Johnson

Data quality

23 May

13 June

31 July

Brisbane, QLD

Sydney, NSW

Geelong, VIC

Dr Rob Hosking and Judy Evans

Healthcare Identifiers Service

Shared e-health record system

PCS Clinical Audit Tool® and PrimaryCare Sidebar® Questions Close

Registration To start the first activity log onto the ThinkGP website at Please note if you would like to participate in the ALM, the online activity MUST be completed PRIOR to the workshop. For further information or to register for a workshop please email or phone 03 8699 0305.


QI&CPD points: Genesis Ed is the accredited provider with the RACGP. This ALM is accredited for the 2011–2013 triennium (40 Category 1 points) and separately activities 1, 2, and 3 are also available to complete as Category 2 stand alone activities (2 points per hour).


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Faculty events calendar 2012 Tuesday 1 May

Orthopaedic education – lower limb sports injury

College House, WA

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May

CBT and counselling skills workshop

College House, WA

Tuesday 8 May

Orthopaedic education – upper limb pathology

College House, WA

Saturday 12 May

Board meeting

College House, WA

Sunday 13 May

OSCE 2012.1

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA

Thursday 17 May

New Fellows education – women and children’s health 1

College House, WA

Saturday 19 May

WA education series – geriatrics

College House, WA

Wednesday 23 May


College House, WA

Saturday 26 May

AKT/KFP 2012.2 workshop

College House, WA

Thursday 21 June

New Fellows education – women and children’s health 2

College House, WA

Thursday 12 July

Board meeting

College House, WA

Saturday 21 July

WA education series – musculoskeletal

College House, WA

Thursday 26 July

New Fellows education – neurology

College House, WA

Saturday 4 August

AKT/KFP 2012.2

Cliftons, Perth

Friday 10 August

CEMP Intermediate

Citigate, Perth

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 August

CEMP Advanced

Citigate, Perth

Saturday 25 August

WA education series – mums and babies

College House, WA

Wednesday 29 August

Provider training

College House, WA

Thursday 30 August

New Fellows education – dermatology

College House, WA

Friday 14 September

WA faculty AGM and Fellowship and Awards Ceremony

The University Club of WA

Wednesday 19 September


College House, WA

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September

OSCE 2012.2 preparation weekend

College House, WA

Saturday 13 October


College House, WA

Wednesday 17 October

Provider training

College House, WA

Sunday 21 October

OSCE 2012.2

College House, WA

Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October

GP12 – The RACGP conference for general practice

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November

IMG Forum

College House, WA

Saturday 24 November

AKT/KFP 2013.1 preparation workshop

College House, WA

Please note these event details are subject to change. To keep updated on the RACGP WA Faculty activities visit or call events on 08 9489 9555.

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WA faculty newsletter April 2012  

WA faculty newsletter April 2012