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2 MAY 2019
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NEW EVENTS

Medicinal Cannabis in General Practice -
Nepean GP Network First Friday Lunch CPD

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Medical cannabis is increasingly considered a potentially effective therapy in the treatment of some disease-related symptoms. While synthesised cannabinoids have been legally available for many years in some countries, use of the whole cannabis flower and cannabis extracts is only recently gaining greater attention, largely due to an increasing knowledge that such use may be a valuable adjunct or alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals.

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine the clinical applications of medicinal cannabis in General Practice
  • Define the differences between adverse and therapeutic effects of medical cannabis
  • Describe how to access Medicinal Cannabis via the TGA SAS process

Presenter: Dr Hermanus Bosman, MBChB

Date: Friday 7 June 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Suite 1, Level 1, Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway, KINGSWOOD
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The Advance Project:
Initiating Advance Care Planning, Palliative & Supportive Care in General Practice

Audience: General Practice
5 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
The Advance ProjectTM is a free evidence-based training package and suite of resources specifically designed to support GPs, nurses and practice managers to work as a team to initiate conversations about advance care planning and to assess patients’ and carers’ palliative and supportive care needs.

This workshop is designed to increase your skills and confidence in initiating conversations about advance care planning and palliative care and implementing the Advance ProjectTM suite of resources in your practice.

In order to get the most out of the workshop, we encourage all participants to commence the Advance ProjectTM online learning modules.

The Advance ProjectTM is accredited by the RACGP and endorsed by APNA.

Learning outcomes:

  • Initiate conversations with older and/or chronically ill patients about advance care planning
  • Identify and assess the needs of patients, and their carers, who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying.
  • Work as a team to implement the Advance Project resources in your clinical practice

Presenter: Facilitated by a local GP with expertise in Advance Care Planning.

Dates:
KATOOMBA - Wednesday 19 June 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WINDSOR - Wednesday 26 June 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PENRITH - Thursday 4 July 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
LITHGOW - Thursday 11 July 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Engaging Your Team in the 5th Edition
Accreditation Standards

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Accreditation is the most powerful way to get your practice on track with procedures and systems. Accreditation provides an opportunity to embrace positive change, streamline systems, increase your team’s morale and make your job easier.

Learning outcomes:
  • Identify the differences between the 4th Edition Standards and the new 5th Edition Standards
  • Learn how to engage your practice team in the accreditation process
  • Learn how to bolster and tighten up your practice's compliance around risk management, computer security, emergency response and business planning
  • Learn about ways to address the new indicators

Presenter: Kathryn Davis, Managing Director of Medical Directions

Date: Thursday 9 May 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Venue: The Conference Room, Quest Penrith, 83 Lord Sheffield Circuit, PENRITH
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Cultural Competency Training

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health
40 Category 1 RACGP points
Overview
Attend this training to develop practical skills and knowledge for working with Aboriginal and 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:
  • Confidently support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the primary care setting
  • Discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's experiences of health and illness
  • Recognise the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives of health and well-being
  • Discuss the historical impact on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Identify steps your practice can take to provide culturally safe and acceptable healthcare to patients
Presenters:
  • Eliza Pross (BA, BSW, MPS) - 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 - 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.

Date: Saturday 11 May 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, 104-108 Macquarie Rd, SPRINGWOOD
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Mental Health Networking Forum
- You Are What You Eat

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health, Community
6 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
You Are What You Eat - Understanding the link between diet, physical health and mental well-being.

Anyone can attend this forum to hear from experts about how diet, physical health and mental well-being are linked and strategies for supporting the holistic well-being of people within our community.

Participants are encouraged to use this networking opportunity to discuss well-being and mental health related issues that may affect people in the community.

Presenters: 

  • Dr Erin Shanahan, Research Fellow, Microbiome & Gut Health, Uni of Sydney
  • Dr Arman Babajanyan, Paediatrician, Blue Mountains
  • Dr Bronya Cruickshank, Paediatrician, Blue Mountains
  • Sharon Trueman, Community Health Dietitian, NBMLHD Katoomba
  • Marnie O’Mara, Community Healthy Lifestyles Educator

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue: Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, 104-108 Macquarie Road SPRINGWOOD
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Interoperability in Health - Consultation

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health, Community
Overview
The Australian Digital Health Agency is facilitating a national conversation to develop a blueprint for a more modern, digitally connected health system.

GPs, pharmacists, allied health professionals and consumers are all invited to this consultation to have their say on national interoperability in health care.

Key questions: 

  • What are the problems you would like to see solved by making information more accessible?
  • What features would be important in maintaining trust in systems that share people's information between providers?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?

Presenter: Facilitated by the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN Digital Health Team

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Suite 1, Level 1, Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway, KINGSWOOD
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Mental Health Networking Forum -
Maternal Mental Health and Wellbeing

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health, Community
Overview
Attend this forum to hear from experts about how pregnancy and parenting can affect mental health and wellbeing. Access up to date referral information on maternal health services in the region.

Participants are encouraged to use this networking opportunity to discuss well-being and maternal health related issues that may affect people in the community.

Presenters: 

  • Dr Alice Dwyer, Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist, St John of God, Hawkesbury
  • Jeanette Reid, Manager - Project Elizabeth, Catholic Care, Social Services, Penrith

Date: Thursday 30 May 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Suite 1, Level 1, Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway, KINGSWOOD
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CPR Training 2019

Audience: General Practice
5 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
The Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course covers all aspects of resuscitation and basic life support.

It is open to all health care professionals and health administration staff actively employed in our area. There is a cost of $50 per person.

At the end of the course you will be required to demonstrate competency in CPR on an infant and adult mannequin, and the use of a defibrillator simulating a cardiac arrest scenario.

Presenter: This course is presented by ReViva in accordance with the current guidelines of the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Dates:
LITHGOW - Wednesday 12 June 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
SPRINGWOOD - Thursday 27 June 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
PENRITH - Wednesday 17 July 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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GP Education:
1. Lisfranc Foot Injuries
2. COPD Management

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Hawkesbury District Health Service's CPD education sessions provide general practitioners with the latest information to help them care for patients. Join them for this event at Hawkesbury Hospital.

Learning outcomes:

  • List symptoms and utilisation of tools to diagnose COPD
  • Identify patients requiring referral to a respiratory specialist
  • Investigate and diagnose a Lisfranc injury
  • Identify patients requiring referral to an orthopaedic surgeon

Presenters: 

  • Dr Wajid Ahmad, Respiratory and Sleep Specialist
  • Dr Mayuran Suthersan, Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Date*: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: Conference Room, Hawkesbury District Health Service, 2 Day Street, WINDSOR
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MBS Optimisation

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Attend this session to enhance your knowledge in using MBS Item Numbers correctly. Medical billing is a critical component in any medical practice. Accuracy is important for patient safety, rapid payment, compliance and efficient practice operation.

Presenter: Katrina Otto, BEd, DipBus, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Principal & Owner of Train IT Medical

Date: Friday 21 June 2019, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Norman Lindsay Room, Fairmont Resort, 1 Sublime Point Road, LEURA
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QI PIP & Accreditation
 

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Quality Improvement in General Practice: Accreditation and the QI PIP - Session 2

Attend this session to enhance your knowledge on implementing processes for practice improvement, in line with the new QI PIP.

Practices need to engage in activities to improve quality and safety for patients in areas such as practice structures, systems, processes and clinical care. The RACGP Standards of General Practice indicate focusing on quality improvement should be based on evidence produced from the practice's own data.

Presenter: Katrina Otto, BEd, DipBus, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Principal & Owner of Train IT Medical

Date: Friday 21 June 2019, 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Venue: Norman Lindsay Room, Fairmont Resort, 1 Sublime Point Road, LEURA
Audience: General Practice
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Drug & Alcohol GP Education
- Online Modules

Audience: General Practice
Overview
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition which is difficult to treat. GP’s 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, BHB, MBChB, Grad Dip HSc, MHSc (Hons), FAChAM & Michael Walker, BSoc Sci, M Couns & App Psych 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

Presenter:  Dr Graeme Judson, BHB, MBChB, Grad Dip HSc, MHSc (Hons)FAChAM

Date: available until 30 June 2019

Venue: ONLINE

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Password required: gponline

Once you REGISTER your INTEREST (through the above link) an email will be sent to you with a link, username and password for you to start accessing the modules you have selected. This may take a few days.
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Free Cultural Competency Training
for Practice Staff

Audience: General Practice
Overview
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
Venue: ONLINE
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EXTERNAL EVENTS
External events are offered by organisations external to the NBMPHN to healthcare professionals. Please contact the event organiser directly with questions or to register.
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