GP20: ‘An exciting way of delivering our signature event’

Morgan Liotta

27/10/2020 3:03:43 PM

This year’s RACGP conference for general practice is going digital, giving GPs across Australia more flexibility than ever before.

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The GP20 online program has been created by GPs for GPs.

Like so many large-scale events forced to cancel or move to a digital platform this year, GP20 is going online.
But this year’s program is no exception when it comes to providing an educational and inspiring experience for the general practice community.
The program offers a range of live and on-demand sessions with keynote speakers, including evaluation of the challenges of COVID-19, clinical updates and research education.
GPs can also connect with their peers through multiple networking and social opportunities with the national and international GP community.
Running from 16–28 November, the conference’s live sessions kick off on Friday 20 November with the Welcome Reception and 2020 RACGP National Awards ceremony.
The RACGP is also establishing a grant in honour of former President, the late Dr Harry Nespolon, for the advancement of general practice in the areas about which he was most passionate. Donations can be made during conference registration and further details will be announced at GP20.
Dr Sean Stevens, RACGP WA Chair, and GP20 Convenor and Chair of the Program Committee, told newsGP the digital conference sets a flexible connection space for attendees.
‘We’re giving the ability for people from around Australia to be able to mingle, mix, learn and encourage each other after what has been a very difficult year,’ he said.
‘We’re able to incorporate international speakers, have on-demand sessions, new networking and socialising platforms.’
Dr Stevens says the conference has come together as a result of the careful planning and involvement of key stakeholders.
‘We’ve got a very talented conference and events team who’ll be working hand-in-glove with our experienced digital conference platform provider, Delegate Connect, to provide a seamless and engaging experience,’ he said.
‘We also have our very experienced, diverse and enthusiastic Program Committee made up of GPs from every faculty and every state and territory in Australia.’
Delegates can expect to experience a well-rounded calendar of events over the two weeks.
‘There will be “meet the speaker” sessions for 15 delegates immediately after each session, plus other additional scheduled sessions. During the live sessions there will be text-based chat and Q&A functionality,’ Dr Stevens said.
‘Between delegates there’s video calls with up to four people in a call, there’s the opportunity for a meeting with the exhibitors, and 20 themed networking rooms, with the themes centred around each faculty, New Fellows, Doctors in Lycra, baking and cooking, surviving COVID, etcetera.’
Dr Stevens is looking forward to being a part of GP20 and welcoming attendees.
‘I’m very impressed with the topics that we’ve managed to pull together,’ he said.
‘This is a new and exciting way of delivering our signature event and it’s been a lot of fun putting this together.’
GP20 runs from 16–28 November. Full program overview and registration is available on the RACGP website.
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A.Prof Christopher David Hogan   28/10/2020 10:13:19 AM

There are several presentations on Disaster preparation & response . Many of us will share our experiences & share our ideas for safer outcomes for our colleagues & our communities. Already the floods & storms of La Nina have started- there will be more.
After the floods & winds, we will have heat & bushfires - all part of extreme weather events we must adapt to.