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21 FEBRUARY 2019

MBS Optimisation

Audience: General Practice
Medical billing is a critical component in any medical practice.  Accuracy is important for patient safety, rapid payment, compliance and efficient practice operation.

Attend this session to enhance your knowledge in using MBS Item Numbers correctly.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop further understanding of complex MBS billing rules
  • Implement processes to minimise Medicare exceptions
  • Identify revenue opportunities in General Practice
  • Access further learning resources

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

Date: 28 February 2019, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Level 1, Suite 1 Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway Kingswood.

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Quality Improvement in General Practice
Accreditation & the QI PIP

Audience: General Practice
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 for General Practice 5th Edition indicate focusing on quality improvement should be based on evidence produced from the practice's own data.

Attend this session to enhance your knowledge on implementing processes for practice improvement.

Learning outcomes:

  • Use software as a tool for practice improvements and data analytics
  • Identify ways to ensure compliance with RACGP 5th Edition Standards for clinical data collection
  • Design a systematic approach to data quality improvements and prepare for QI Practice Incentive payments
  • Learn tips for developing a quality improvement team mindset

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

Date: 28 February 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Level 1, Suite 1 Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway Kingswood.

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Practice Nurse Education Day

Audience: General Practice
Nursing in general practice is very diverse and at times, challenging.

This full day workshop is designed to support practice nurses and equip them with up-to-date knowledge and skills relevant to the general practice setting.

You will have the opportunity to network with other practice nurses and further develop and build on your expertise.


  • Public Health Unit - Dots and Dashes: Speedy response and measles management
  • Motivational interviewing - change management behaviour for patients
  • How do the changes to the 5th Edition Accreditation Standard affect nurses in General Practice?
  • Wound care in the General Practice setting
  • How to conduct a foot check for practice nurses
  • Building registers for Chronic Disease using Pencat Clinical Audit Tool
  • Conducting GPMP and Health assessments across the lifespan


  • Public Health Unit NSW Health - Jane Thomas, Denise Gibbons & Lisa Allchin
  • Nepean Diabetes Service - Irene Kopp (CNC & CDE) & Mellicia Nguyen (Podiatrist)
  • Hartman - Wound Care Nurse Educator

Date: 14 March 2019, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Level 1, Suite 1 Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway Kingswood.

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Speech & Language Problems
in Children

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health
4 Category 2 RACGP points
Attend this presentation with Speech Pathologist Belinda Hill, to discuss a whole range of speech, language and literacy issues in infants and children.

Also receive an update and information on local speech pathology services and referral pathways.

Topics include:

  • Key developmental milestones
  • Red flags for speech and language delay
  • Hearing issues associated with speech and language delay
  • Early language stimulation
  • Relationship between speech and language and literacy development
  • Resources for families and reliable references
  • Funding support options for families


  • Belinda Hill, BAppSc (SpPath) MAppLing CPSP, Senior Speech Pathologist and Clinical Director
  • Belinda Hill & Associates - Allied Health Services
  • Lurene Pollard, Senior Speech Pathologist, Lithgow Allied Health Service, NBMLHD

Date: 20 March 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: University of Notre Dame School of Medicine, Auditorium. 2B Col Drewe Drive, LITHGOW

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Caring for Colleagues, Caring for

Audience: General Practice
10 Category 2 RACGP points
Delivered by the Doctors Health Advisory Service, this event explores the key theme of doctors’ psychological health. Through case presentations and interactive discussion, participants will explore specific psychological health problems and challenges confronting medical professionals and colleagues,

and discuss ways to respond to those problems.

The afternoon will also explore the barriers to doctors seeking treatment and delve into the role of both the treating doctor and the doctor as patient.

Through learning how to respond to the psychological health challenges confronting medical practitioners, GPs will be healthier themselves and better able to effectively and safely treat patients and doctors in their care.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognise psychological health challenges and problems in doctors
  • Respond confidently to psychological challenges and problems through early intervention
  • Take steps to improve personal psychological health and wellbeing
  • Develop strategies to help ensure the best outcome for both the doctor treating a doctor and the doctor as a patient
  • Identify the role of Doctors Health Advisory Service and the support it offers 
  • Recognise the importance of having one's own GP


  • Professor Garry Walter, AM, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Hilton Koppe, GP, Medical Education Consultant
  • Sarah Foster, Social Worker Doctors' Health Advisory Service

Date: 6 April 2019, 12:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Venue: Fairmont Resort, 1 Sublime Point Road, LEURA

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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 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
  • 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.

  • 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 Interventions

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
  • Justine Elliot, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Date: 26 February 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Level 1, Suite 1 Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway Kingswood.
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Advances in Arthroplasty

Audience: General Practice
2 Category 2 RACGP points
There have been significant technological advances in surgery to restore the function of a joint.

Attend this 'Friday lunch' presentation with local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Yasser Katib to hear the latest in considerations and options for surgical interventions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Consider treatment options and suitability for Arthroplasty
  • Describe the latest advances in Arthroplasty
  • Access HealthPathways on common orthopaedic conditions

Presenter:  Dr Yasser Khatib, Orthopaedic Surgeon, BSc(Med) MBBS, MSports Med, MMed (Clin Epi), FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA

Date: 1 March 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Venue: Wentworth Healthcare, Level 1, Suite 1 Werrington Park Corporate Centre, 14 Great Western Highway Kingswood.

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Evidence Based Medical Journal Club -
Blue Mountains

Audience: General Practice
40 Category 1 RACGP points

Seeking new members for 2019!

Evidence-based medicine journal clubs (EBMJCs) encourage GPs to take note of clinical questions that arise in daily practice and to follow up by researching evidence, thereby assisting GPs to relate evidence directly to clinical practice. It has been shown that EBMJCs are more successful in changing GP behaviour and improving patient care than more traditional journal clubs.

Participation in the first session on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 is compulsory for all participants.  Other session dates will be decided on this day.

Register now as places are limited.

Presenter:  Facilitated by Dr Catherine Harman, FRACGP

Date: 6 March 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba Street, KATOOMBA

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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 with 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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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.
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