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Our education bulletin to all general practices in the region. Practice staff, please forward to the GPs and practice nurses in your clinic. Please sign up online if you are not receiving this email directly.
15 October 2020
In this issue:

COVID Statistics

COVID-19 cases and tests in the last 24 hours in the Nepean Blue Mountains region (as at 8pm 14 Oct)

Confirmed cases: 0 Cases with unknown source: 0

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW


The Importance of Remaining Vigilant

We ask all practices to please stay vigilant, and ensure that if you or any of your staff are unwell, you/they stay home, self-isolate and undergo COVID testing. Or if a patient is displaying COVID-like symptoms, please ensure they get tested and self-isolate.

We know it has been a long and fatiguing year, and remaining vigilant can be tough, but with the number of people presenting for testing on the decline, it is clear that now especially we need to be mindful of not becoming complacent.

Our GP Clinical Council discussed this earlier in the week and shared tips on encouraging patients to get tested. One helpful suggestion included reminding patients of recent media that reported on local sewage testing which indicated the presence of COVID-19 in regions with no active COVID-19 cases. This means that while no-one thinks they have COVID, it is very likely some people do.

Numerous testing options are available, and we encourage you to direct any staff or patients displaying symptoms to present to either our GP-led Respiratory Clinics or the LHD-operated drive through services. 

GP-led Clinics Test Over 16,000 People

Our region's three GP-led Respiratory Clinics have now screened over 16,000 people for COVID-19, including Penrith over 8,000, Hazelbrook over 5,000 and Windsor over 3,000. These clinics assess people with respiratory symptoms and can provide clinical advice, not just testing for COVID-19. The patient's regular GP will receive a copy of the test result when the GP's details are provided. These clinics are a great option for patients who are unable to visit their regular GP due to their symptoms, and who can't be managed by telehealth alone.

Survey COVID-19 

The Australian National University is part of a collaboration of international researchers conducting regular surveys through-out the COVID-19 period. GPs, nurses, and practice managers are invited to participate in round 10 of the survey series. This round is seeking a more in depth understanding of the barriers to telehealth, specifically, the survey is exploring barriers and potential workarounds for using telehealth with disadvantaged patients (socio-demographically disadvantaged, or rural/remote patients). The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and closes 22 October.

Alcohol and Other Drugs GP Education
The RACGP has developed the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program, to strengthen the capacity of GPs to address the alcohol and other drug use in their communities. The program includes three separate components.

Essential Skills

Overview: Essential Skills Education is a 2-hour on demand online activity, using video footage of expert AOD practitioners to demonstrate techniques that can be used to enhance the conversations GPs have with patients about their alcohol and drug use.

Length: 2 hours 

Presenter: RACGP

Dates: Online on demand 

Register online

Treatment Skills Training 

Overview: Treatment Skills Training is designed for GPs who would like to enhance their ability to talk about alcohol and drug use with their patients, assess their readiness for change, and determine an appropriate treatment plan. Upon successful completion, eligible GPs will receive a payment of $1,200 exclusive of GST.

Length: 6 hours

Presenter: RACGP

Dates: Online on demand 

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Advanced Skills Training

Overview: Advanced Skills Training is a personalised learning program for GPs wishing to undertake advanced training. Upon successful completion, eligible GPs will receive a one-off reimbursement payment of $2,500. Places are limited.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • be an RACGP member actively treating patients in general practice in Australia
  • have successfully completed Treatment Skills training or
  • be working in a rural or remote region or be treating patients from several identified at-risk groups for AOD use, or
  • be a supervisor of medically trained doctors in general practice.
Length: 20 hours

Presenter: RACGP

Dates: Online on demand 

Register online

Applications and Enrolment

View the various options and the enrolment form on the RACGP websiteACRRM Members can access a similar suite of training activities via the ACRRM website. Incentive payments are made for completion of ACRRM's Drug and Alcohol Addiction Training Program. For full details, including dates for the online workshops see the RACGP Alcohol and Other Drugs GP Education Handbook


Breast Cancer Case Studies
Nepean GP Network First Friday

Audience: GPs, Practice Nurses

Overview: This session focuses on breast cancer intervention and treatment.

  • Discuss a case study detailing early breast cancer intervention and treatment
  • Analyse a case study detailing locally advances breast cancer interventions and treatment
  • Explain a case study detailing metastatic breast cancer interventions and treatment
  • Dr Monique Heinke, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr Renuka Chittajalu, Medical Oncologist
  • Associate Professor Senarath Edirimanne, Breast Surgeon

Date: Friday 6 November, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Diabetes Masterclass
Diabetes Dilemmas

Audience: GPs, Allied Health and Primary Care Nurses

Overview: This session on Diabetes Dilemmas will feature:

  • Classification of disease types
  • Type 1 in General Practice
  • Hypoglycaemia management
  • Medication adherence
  • Panel – Managing patients
Presenters: See the full list of guest speakers for this Masterclass Series. 

Date: Monday 19 October, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

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Diabetes Masterclass Injectables

Audience: GPs, Allied Health and Primary Care Nurses
Overview: This session on injectables will feature:
  • When to use a GLP-1
  • When to use insulin
  • How to adjust insulin doses
  • Teaching correct injection technique
  • Panel – Managing patients
Presenters: See the full list of guest speakers for this Masterclass Series. 

Date: Monday 26 October: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

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Management and Diagnostic Issues: Personality Disorders

Audience: GPs, Nurses
Overview: St John of God Richmond Hospital invites GPs, Registrars and Nurses to attend its upcoming Psychiatry Webinar with Dr Jaspreet Singh, to discuss ‘Management and Diagnostic Issues in Personality Disorders / Borderline Personality Disorder.

Presenter: Dr Jaspreet Singh, Consultant Psychiatrist

Date: Wednesday 21 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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Wound Care in General Practice Webinar Series

Audience: GPs, Practice Nurses and Residential Aged Care Nurses
Overview: This 3-part webinar series is aimed at increasing knowledge and skills for managing patients with acute and chronic wounds. It will provide clarity on patient assessment and identification of patients that require referral.

Presenter: Sara Ford, RN, National Clinical Educator, Hartmann Australia

Session 1 - Tuesday 10 November, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Session 2 - Tuesday 17 November, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Session 3 - Tuesday 24 November, 7.00pm - 8.00pm 

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Community Connector Training

Audience: Community
Please share this FREE training program with your patients. Due to popular demand more sessions have been scheduled.

Overview: This community focused program will improve social connectedness of older people in the Hawkesbury. The training will help connect people, particularly those who may be isolated. Older people without adequate social connections are at an increased risk of poorer mental health and wellbeing, negatively impacting their physical health and use of health services. The more people that know about the support that is available in the community, the more we can all support each other.

Participants will need to have an email address and internet access to participate in this training. After you register, we will email you a link to join the Zoom (online) training session. 

Dates: Wednesday 28 October, 10.00am - 11.30am

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