newsGP – In practice: Global comparisons of general medicine


Next month, GPs will be able to gain insight into the UK and Australia’s COVID-19 and CVD experiences in general practice, via two special seminars.

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

This week’s roundup also includes a number of upcoming DPC-accredited activities for GPs to improve their skills and a chance to catch up on the latest monkeypox update.

COVID-19 in primary care: a British and Australian experience
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (AEST)

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

Professor Richard Hobbs, Director of Primary Care Health Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in the UK, will focus on the implications of the hard-hitting pandemic research, much of which has been led by the University of Oxford, in particular Oxford Primary Care National Priority Research.

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

Further information, including speaker biographies and the registration link, is available on the event webpage.

Guidelines and implementation of cardiovascular diseases: what’s new in general practice?
Webinar: Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (AEST)

The Department of General Medicine at the University of Melbourne invites GPs to attend the webinar presented by Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Primary Care Health Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford UK.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains an important cause of death and disability worldwide, even in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also become one of the most evidence-rich fields of medicine, yet the decline in CVD rates in many parts of the world has leveled off or even reversed.

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

Further information, including full speaker biographies and registration link, is available at event webpage.

Education Program for General Practitioners on Domestic Violence
In Australia, it is estimated that one in six women have suffered domestic and family violence since the age of 15.

May is domestic and family violence awareness month – dedicated to increasing community awareness, understanding and recognition of the devastation caused by this pervasive problem. At the end of the month, the RACGP encourages all general practitioners to participate in the approved CPD Education Program for General Practitioners on Domestic Violence.

the program objectives strengthen the skills of general practitioners to identify, respond to and support people who are victims of domestic and family violence.

Next session, moderated by Dr. Neha Parvatreddy: Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (AEST)
40 RACGP DPC activity points available.

Register online.

Diabetic eye disease: a GP’s perspective
Webinar: Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (AEST)
2 CPD RACGP activity points available

Developed by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, this webinar features a presentation for GPs on diabetes-related eye disease by Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden (CERA and Keepsight), followed by a Q&A panel discussion with Dr Gary Deed, chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Diabetes.

Learning objectives:


  • Describe the various 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 pathways for people living with or at risk of diabetic retinopathy

Register in line.

Monkeypox Update for Primary Care

A recent special webinar on primary care provided an update on the evolution of the monkeypox situation.

Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, 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 about the virus.

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

Support confident and rational prescribing

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

Tracing the history of the NPC since its introduction in 2002, the webinar highlights the main features of the modules, sharing recent and future developments.

GPs interested in viewing the webinar recording can register contact details online.

Preparing your practice to perform medical abortion

Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (AEST)

One in five Australians going to have an abortion over their lifetime, but access to services, especially in rural areas, and high out-of-pocket expenses remain significant obstacles for women wishing to exercise their choice in matters of procreation.

Early medical abortion can be used to respond to unwanted pregnancy, and the third webinar in the AusCAPPS series will focus on general practice preparation for administering early medical abortion.

The webinar will highlight considerations for practice teams to make regarding resources, training, and preparedness for medical abortion, including patient and practice support needs.

Hosted by the AusCAPPS Network and Dr. Amy Moten, Chair of RACGP Special Interest Sexual Health Medicine, with a presentation by Dr. Richard Mayes, 2021 RACGP Rural Brian Williams Award winner.

Register online.

Depression – is it domestic violence or abuse?

Webinar: Thursday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (AEST)
1 Point RACGP DPC activity available

The RACGPs “Mind Bites” is a series of lunchtime webinars with succinct information presented by RACGP Special Interest Psychological Medicine.

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

Presented by Dr. Libby Hindmarsh, Chair of the RACGP Special Interests on Abuse and Violence in Families, the fourth webinar in this series will discuss patients with symptoms of depression and how domestic abuse or violence can often go unnoticed when treated.

Register online.

Are your skills in dermatology only superficial?
the Primary Care Dermatology Certificate has been developed to help GPs and GPs-in-training increase their expertise and confidence when faced with dermatological cases in their practice.

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

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

GPs are encouraged to register for additional CPD activities before the end of the financial year.

As the RACGP CPD 2020-22 triennium draws to a close, the two-day Dermatology Surgery and Procedures Workshop has been approved for a total of 80 points of CPD Accredited Activity (40 points per day). Attendance is required on both days to receive the full 80 points.

More information, workshop dates and registration are available on the RACGP website.

Australian Patient Association – 2022 Awards

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

Further information is available on the APA website and nominations are due to close on June 30.

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