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Next month, GPs will be able to gain insight into the COVID-19 and CVD experiences in GP practice in the UK and Australia through two dedicated seminars.

Upcoming seminars will provide insight into how Australian GP practice compared to the UK during COVID-19.


This week’s roundup also features some upcoming CPD accredited activities for GPs to hone their skills, and a chance to catch up on the latest monkeypox update.



COVID-19 in primary care: an experience in the UK and Australia
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (AEST)


The Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne invites GPs to either attend the University in Parkville in person or online via Zoom.


Professor Richard Hobbs, head of health sciences in primary care and pro-vice chancellor at the British University of Oxford, will focus on the implications of impactful pandemic research, much of which has been led by the University of Oxford, in particular the National Priority Study of Primary Care at Oxford.


Professor Michael Kidd, Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University, will consider an Australian perspective on the role of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


More information, including speaker bios and registration link, is available at the event webpage



Cardiovascular disease guidelines and implementation: what’s new in general practice?
Webinar: Tuesday, June 14, 6 – 7 PM (AEST)


The University of Melbourne’s Department of General Practice is inviting GPs to participate in the online seminar presented by Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Primary Health Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, UK.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a significant cause of death and disability worldwide, even compared to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also become one of the most science-backed areas of medicine, but the decline in cardiovascular disease rates in many parts of the world has either stopped or even reversed.


This session will briefly examine the importance of CVD, the summary evidence for CVD risk recognition and management, recent guidelines updates and implementation issues for clinical practice.


More information, including the full speaker biography and registration link, is available on the event webpage



Family Violence Family Violence Education Program
In Australia it is estimated that one in six women have experienced domestic and family violence since the age of 15.


May is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – committed to raising awareness, understanding and recognition of the devastation caused by this ubiquitous problem. As this month draws to a close, the RACGP encourages all GPs to participate in the CPD-accredited Family Violence Family Violence Education Program


The program goals developing the skills of general practitioners in identifying, responding to and supporting people affected by domestic violence and domestic violence.


Next session, facilitated by Dr. Neha Parvatreddy: Wednesday, June 1, 6pm-7pm (AEST)
40 RACGP CPD Activity Points available.



Register online



Diabetic eye disease: a GP’s perspective
Webinar: Tuesday, June 7, 7pm-8pm (AEST)
2 RACGP CPD activity points available


Developed by Macular Disease Foundation Australia, this webinar features a presentation to general practitioners on diabetic eye disease by Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden (CERA and Keepsight), followed by a panel Q&A with Dr. Gary Deed, president of RACGP Specific Interests Diabetes.


Learning goals:

 

  • Review the varied clinical presentations of how diabetes affects the eyes and vision
  • Describe risk factors for the development and progression of diabetic retinopathy
  • Identify effective multidisciplinary referral routes for people living with or at risk for diabetic retinopathy

Register online.

Monkeypox Primary Care Update

A recent special primary care webinar given an update on the evolving monkeypox situation.

Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Medical Director, Professor Deborah Williamson, Director of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, and Dr James McMahon, Vice President of the Australian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine, presented the latest information on the virus .

A recording of the webinar is available on the Ministry of Health website

Supporting confident and rational prescribing

The NPS MedicineWise National Prescription Curriculum (NPC) recently held a webinar on supporting confident and rational prescribing by healthcare graduates.

The webinar traces the history of the NPC since its introduction in 2002, highlights key features of the modules and shares recent and future developments.

GPs interested in viewing the webinar recording can register their details online

Preparing your practice for medical abortion

Monday, June 6, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (AEST)

One in five Australian women will have an abortion during their lifetime, but access to services, especially in rural areas, and high out-of-pocket costs persist major hurdles for women who wish to exercise reproductive choice.

Early medical abortion can be used to respond to an unintended pregnancy, and the third webinar in the AusCAPPS series will focus on preparing a primary care practice to perform early medical abortion.

The webinar highlights considerations that practice teams must make regarding resources, training, and preparation for medical abortion, including patient needs and practice support.

Hosted by de AusCAPPS network and Dr Amy Moten, Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health Medicine, with a presentation by Dr Richard Mayes, winner of the 2021 RACGP Rural Brian Williams Award.

Register online.

Depression – is it family abuse or violence?

Webinar: Thursday, June 2, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (AEST)
1 RACGP CPD activity point available

The RACGPs ‘mental bites’ is a lunchtime webinar with bite-sized information presented by RACGP Specific Interests Psychological Medicine.

GPs are already aware of mental health assessments, diagnosis and management. But this series is designed to provide an opportunity to learn more about how to do the job – the micro-skills of engagement, forming safe and effective therapeutic alliances, and communicating with patients.

Presented by Dr. Libby Hindmarsh, Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Abuse and Violence in Families, will discuss the fourth webinar in this series of patients who show symptoms of depression and how family abuse or violence can often be missed when treated.



Register online.



Are your dermatological skills only skin-deep?
The Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology has been developed to help general practitioners and general practitioners in training increase their expertise and self-confidence when presenting dermatological cases in their practice.


Participants will learn to better understand and treat a wider range of common skin conditions, including skin cancer, and recognize those that require urgent referral.


Dermatological surgery and procedures workshop dates have also been announced for the second half of 2022 in Brisbane and Melbourne, with the first workshop in Sydney on Friday 3rd June.


GPs are encouraged to enroll in additional CPD activities before the end of the fiscal year.


As the 2020-22 RACGP CPD Triennium comes to a close, the two-day workshop on dermatological surgery and procedures has been approved for a total of 80 CPD accredited activity points (40 points per day). Attendance on both days is required to receive the full 80 points.


More information, workshop dates and registration can be found on the RACGP website



Australian Patient Association – 2022 Awards

Nominations are now open for ‘Most Outstanding General Practitioner’ at the Australian Patients Association’s 2022 Awards to be held at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on 18 August.


More information is available on the APA website and nominations close on June 30.



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