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7 MARCH 2019

Curing Hepatitis C in Primary Care

Audience: General Practice
4 Category 2 RACGP points
This update 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
  • Explain which patients can be managed in primary care and those requiring specialist referral
  • Initiate treatment, monitor and follow-up according to the recommended guidelines

Presenter:  Dr Thao Lam, Gastroenterologist, Westmead Hospital

Date: 19 March 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, Harvest Private Dining Room, 1 Hawkesbury Valley Way, WINDSOR

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Navigating the Healthcare

Audience: General Practice, Allied Health
4 Category 2 RACGP points
Building your Healthcare Neighbourhood:

All health and social care providers and consumers with an interest in improving the connectivity of social, community and health services in the upper Blue Mountains area are encourages to attend.

The event aims to bring together providers, managers and consumers from health and social care services across the upper Blue Mountains with a view to improving awareness, relationships and connectivity between local services.

The event will also allow attendees to work together in identifying a shared vision for what an integrated Healthcare Neighbourhood in this region could look like.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify relevant local service providers in the Upper Blue Mountains region
  • Discuss two-way communication between practices and external providers to improve patient safety and handovers
  • Determine possible barriers for patients in their navigation across multiple health and other service providers
  • Identify opportunities for creating local partnerships to improve connectivity between providers

Presenter:  Facilitated by NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Date: 28 March 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue: Misty's Room, Fairmont Resort, 1 Sublime Point Road, LEURA

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Drug & Alcohol GP Education
- Online Modules

Audience: General Practice

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



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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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now FULLY BOOKED. If you would still like to register, your name will be placed on a waitlist.

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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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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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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 training workshop will equip GPs with the knowledge & skills to manage medical emergencies in general practice.

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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Caring for Colleagues, Caring for Ourselves

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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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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