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Our fortnightly education bulletin to all primary healthcare professionals in our 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.
13 JUNE 2019
In this issue:
NEW EVENTS

Curing Hepatitis C in Primary Care

Audience: General Practice
4 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
This evening will focus on case finding, testing, patient assessment and treatment of hepatitis C infection in primary care settings.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify priority populations for hepatitis C testing
  • Interpret test results and diagnose hepatitis C appropriately
  • Assess for liver fibrosis and other co-morbidities
  • Communicate information confidently to actively engage individuals in decisions about their treatment and care
  • Initiate treatment, monitor and follow-up according to the recommended guidelines

Presenter: Dr Thao Lam, Gastroenterologist and Specialist in Addiction Medicine, Westmead Hospital

Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Road, EMU PLAINS
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Rethinking Mental Health Conference

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health
11 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
Bringing together experts from around Australia to provide new insights on the impact of mental health in our region and new approaches to managing mental health. This conference is proudly presented by Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network.

GPs, primary care nurses, psychologists and other allied health professionals working in our region are encouraged to attend this full day conference, featuring leading national and local mental health experts.

As well as an insightful, dynamic program, there will be generous opportunities to network with peers and enjoy the environs of the Fairmont Resort. Everyone is invited to stay for the cocktail networking reception from 4:45pm.

PROGRAM

For the full program and speaker list, please see the dedicated CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

Presenters:

  • Professor Leanne Rowe, GP and Clinical Professor at Monash University
  • Dr Simon Rosenbaum, Senior Research Fellow & Exercise Psychologist, School of Psychiatry UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Louise Stone, GP and Clinical Educator
  • Ms Jillian Harrington, Clinical Psychologist
  • Ms Jocelyn Brewer, Psychologist and founder of Digital Nutrition
  • Dr Miriam Brooks, GP and Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University
  • Dr Monica Moore, GP and Psychotherapist

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Venue: Fairmont Resort and Spa, 1 Sublime Point Road, LEURA

Cost: $50

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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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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 local GPs with expertise in Advance Care Planning:

  • Dr Louise McDonnell (Katoomba session)
  • Dr Ravindra Ravi (Windsor session)
  • Dr Harry Pope (Penrith session)
  • Dr Hilton Brown (Lithgow session)

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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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
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Inhaler Technique Training

Audience: General Practice
4 Category 2 RACGP points
Overview
Led by practising clinicians, this workshop focuses on the most up-to-date evidence and treatment options for supporting and treating patients with COPD, considering the new and emerging guidelines in the management of patients with this condition.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for discussion around current strategy and best practice and will promote learning through peer support with an emphasis on practical advice and hands on learning.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify patients at risk of COPD and confirm a diagnosis of COPD
  • Explain effective non-pharmacotherapy interventions for the management of COPD
  • Utilise evidence-based resources to assess and manage patients with COPD
  • Review correct inhaler technique
  • Identify potential problems in using respiratory inhaler devices

Presenter: Mary Roberts, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Respiratory Ambulatory Care, Western Sydney

Date: Wednesday 26 June 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, Allied Health
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:
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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FPS CPD: Interpersonal Therapy and
Trauma Informed Care Training

Audience: General Practice
40 Category 1 RACGP points
Overview
Interpersonal trauma is the most debilitating form of traumatic experience, and when it occurs in childhood, affects the development of personality and relationships. Interpersonal Therapy provides an effective framework which incorporates the principles and trauma informed care.

Many of most difficult interactions with patients can be understood and improved with the practice of trauma-informed care. This workshop aims to give clinicians the knowledge and skills to provide this care in physical health settings. 

As this is a practical workshop,  a blend of  case histories, demonstrations and group reflective work will be incorporated to build a portfolio of skills for use in daily clinical care. Broader question of safety both for patients and clinicians will also be explored. Participants will be involved in skills practice and provided with online resources for further study.

Learning outcomes:

  • Accurately identify the physical and emotional sequelae of trauma
  • Apply the 5 principle of trauma-informed care in the clinical setting
  • Use an Interpersonal Therapy framework to address ongoing effects of interpersonal trauma
  • Develop a personal plan to manage the effects of vicarious trauma

Presenter: Dr Monica Moore

Date: Saturday 20 July 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Suite 1, Level 1, Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway, KINGSWOOD
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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 to health professionals by organisations external to the NBMPHN. Please contact the event organiser directly with questions or to register.

New eLearning CPD Accredited Course for Nurses Now Available

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released a brand new My Health Record in Nursing
e-learning course. This self-paced course has been developed in collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and is eligible for CPD points. It supports nurses working in any healthcare setting to become familiar with and confident in using the My Health Record system and outlines its benefits, features and functionalities.

The course contains five modules:
  • Module 1 - An Introduction to My Health Record
  • Module 2 - Clinical Documents and Patient-Entered Information
  • Module 3 - Accessing, Viewing and Uploading to My Health Record
  • Module 4 - My Health Record Privacy, Security and Consent
  • Module 5 - Supporting Patients’ Use of My Health Record

Each module has been endorsed by the ACN for CPD points and can be accessed on the My Health Record website.

The media release regarding the modules can be found here.

New CPD-accredited modules for Allied Health and Pharmacy were also recently released and don’t forget about the GP (CPD accredited) and Hospital modules which are also available.

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