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13 DECEMBER 2018

Developing Care Plans

Audience: General Practice
5 Category 2 RACGP points
This workshop aims to challenge GPs to expand their thinking on how to engage their patients in developing and implementing care plans. When done well, care plans are much more than an administrative exercise. Practical, powerful conversations and plans can ensure patients take greater control of managing chronic conditions and potentially avoid hospital presentations.

Learning outcomes:
  • Create quality, effective Care Plans, GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements
  • Initiate lifestyle conversations with patients using the SNAP guidelines
  • Maximise the available MBS item numbers, while reducing fraud risk
  • Utilise case conferencing in chronic disease management
  • Formulate and communicate patient agreed management goals
  • Discuss and develop 'sick day plans' with patients
Presenter:  Kim Poyner, Medicoach Founder

  • LEURA - 6 February 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • PENRITH - 7 February 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Cultural Competency Training

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health
40 Category 1 RACGP points

Attend this training to develop practical skills and knowledge for working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The day will be interactive, and allow time for participants to learn, ask questions and explore themes and issues relevant to healthcare. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a local Aboriginal knowledge holder to discuss local issues.

Learning Outcomes
  • History Vs Culture: conceptualising Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander experiences of health and illness
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical impact on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Apply practical skills and confidence to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the primary care setting
  • Identify steps your practice can take to provide culturally safe and acceptable healthcare to patients
  • Recognise the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives of health and wellbeing
  • Eliza Pross (BA, BSW, MPS) is a Yuin/Nuenonne woman and Aboriginal Consultant engaged by Wentworth Healthcare. She has worked extensively with communities and service providers in the design and delivery of Aboriginal community, health, and mental health services in urban, rural and remote settings.
  • Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan is a Wiradjuri man who was born and raised on Darug Land. Mitchell has worked in Aboriginal Health for 8 years and is currently completing a Bachelor of Community Services.

  • LITHGOW - 16 February 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • WINDSOR - 16 March 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • PENRITH - 13 April 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • SPRINGWOOD - 11 May 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Antenatal Update - Obstetric

Audience: General Practice
4 Category 2 RACGP points
Join Dr Glenn Blanchette, Senior Staff Specialist at Nepean Hospital for the annual Antenatal Update and find out what’s happening in local maternity services.

This session will focus on induction of labour, changes to local approaches to surgical interventions and a brief overview of Non Invasive Prenatal Testing.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Consider the new induction of labour indicators and protocols
  • Outline Nepean Hospital’s approach to obstetric surgical interventions
  • Summarise some of the available Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests (NIPT)
  • Inform patients of their antenatal and postnatal care options at Nepean and Blue Mountains Hospitals
  • Access GP Antenatal Shared Care protocols
  • Dr Glenn Blanchette, Head of Obstetrics, Senior Staff Specialist, Nepean and Blue Mountains Hospitals
  • Ms Madeleine Simpson, Nurse and Midwifery Unit Manager, Women and Children's Health, Blue Mountains Hospital
  • LEURA - 19 February 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • PENRITH - 26 February 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Management of Medical Emergencies
in General Practice

Audience: General Practice
40 Category 1 RACGP points

Management of the emergency patient is a subject that all general practitioners are well versed in but, experience is often not available until an emergency occurs. This workshop will equip GPs will a refresher and new skills in managing medical emergencies in general practice.

This training also includes CPR with Team CPR and the use of defibrillators. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the most common medical emergencies affecting patients, using a risk management approach
  • Manage the immediate care of medical emergencies utilizing a practice management (crew resource management) system
  • Apply techniques and protocols consistent with current emergency medical guidelines for pre-hospital care
  • Refer the patient to further appropriate care
  • Royce Webb, National Research and Development Manager, Cynergex Group
  • Peter Smith, Dip. Paramedical Science, Clinical Educator, Cynergex Group
  • PENRITH - 23 March 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • PENRITH - 4 May 2019, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Drug and Alcohol GP Education -
online modules

Audience: General Practice
2 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD points

These online modules are available to GPs in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith local government areas, until 31 December 2018.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition which is difficult to treat. GPs and other primary care professionals have a key role to play in prevention, early detection and management of substance misuse and dependence.

Please join Dr Graeme Judson and Michael Walker for one or more of these on-line topics. Each video is approximately 1/2 hour in length, with recommended reading and a survey increasing the whole module to approximately 1 hour.

Six separate on-line modules on the most commonly used drugs (and alcohol) have been developed to provide up to date, evidence based information covering:

  • Incidence, prevalence & history
  • Pharmacology, effects & complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Diagnosis (continuum, screening and brief intervention)
  • Intoxication withdrawal management
  • Treatment
  • Dr Graeme Judson, BHB, MBChB, Grad Dip HSc, MHSc (Hons), FAChAM
  • Michael Walker, BSoc Sci, M Couns & App Psych
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Free Cultural Competency Training for
Practice Staff

Audience: General Practice
The Cultural Competence Program (CCP) is a range of online training courses and online resources designed to train people to better manage cultural diversity.

Courses are available anytime, anyplace and on any device via app or web. The Program takes around 3 – 4 hours to complete, with each module featuring a learning outcome and links to additional material to allow participants to delve deeper into the subjects presented.

Individual learning outcomes include developing an understanding of:
  • What culture, diversity, inclusion and cultural competence mean
  • How cultural diversity contributes to competitive advantage
  • How unconscious bias affects everyone’s decision making and what can be done to ameliorate its affects
  • How different cultures have different ways of thinking, acting and communicating
  • How different culture’s values, attitudes and beliefs can affect communication
  • How people from different cultures adapt to their new culture and the impact this can have on the workplace
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The following events are offered by external organisations to healthcare professionals. Please contact the event organiser directly with questions or to register.
My Health Record in General Practice
ONLINE, The Australian Digital Health Agency

In November, the Digital Health Agency's new CPD-accredited My Health Record in General Practice e-learning course went live. 

This course supports those working in general practice to become familiar with, and confident in using, the My Health Record system. It contains five modules:
  • An Introduction to My Health Record
  • My Health Record Clinical Documents and Patient-Entered Information
  • Viewing and Uploading to My Health Record
  • My Health Record Privacy, Security and Consent
  • Supporting Patients’ Use of My Health Record
Each module has been endorsed for 2 category 2 points in the RACGP’s QI&CPD program for the 2017–19 triennium.
Holiday Closure Notice

Our office will be closed for the holiday period from 12:00 pm on
Friday 21 December 2018. We will re-open at 9:00 am Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Our Psychological Therapy Services (including SOS Suicide Prevention Service) will be closed for referrals over this period. During this time, if a GP assesses a client as eligible for the SOS service, they can call the after-hours suicide support line on 1800 859 585 so that the patient can receive appropriate phone support. The GP will then need to call the SOS Intake Line when our offices re-open to make a referral for face-to-face support.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!

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