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GP20: The RACGP’s annual conference kicks off


Anastasia Tsirtsakis


16/11/2020 2:56:10 PM

This year’s event has gone digital, giving GPs across Australia the chance to come together and engage with a range of content.

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The conference has officially commenced with an online program that will run from 16–28 November.

The RACGP’s annual conference for general practice has officially commenced with an online program that will run from 16–28 November.
 
Attendees have a vast selection of sessions from which to choose, featuring live presentations and on-demand content.
 
In the lead up to GP20, RACGP WA Chair Dr Sean Stevens, who is the GP20 Convenor and Chair of the Program Committee, told newsGP the experience promises to be ‘seamless and engaging’.
 
‘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.
 
‘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.’
 
The on-demand material includes a range of clinical and professional topics, such as:

  • business of general practice – ‘General practice post-COVID: Restoring financial viability’
  • addiction medicine – ‘CODE BLUE – Managing and preventing prescription overdose’
  • psychological medicine – ‘Update: GPs and mental health care plans’
  • diabetes – ‘Diabetic emergencies in the rural and remote setting’
  • sexual and reproductive health – ‘Beware the rare: Reproductive carrier screening’
  • women’s health – ‘Practical advice on managing pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder’
  • vision loss – ‘Low vision, blindness and your patient’
  • GPs in Training – ‘Managing stress and performance anxiety in exams’.
There is also a COVID global health series, featuring eight international medical college presidents and GPs from New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada and the UK. 
 
The conference’s first live session will take place on Friday 20 November with a welcome reception and 2020 RACGP National Awards ceremony.
 
The live presentations include a range of clinical updates and research education including, but not limited to, the following:
 
Saturday 21 November
  • Welcome to GP20
  • Economic update on the healthcare sector
  • ‘Disasters and general practice in the spotlight’
  • ‘Survived COVID: What about aftercare?’
  • ‘Short and sharp mental health interventions for the busy GP, a toolkit’
Tuesday 24 November
  • ‘Food allergies in children’
  • ‘Technology and the evolution of general practice’
  • Global health Q&A session – attendees are invited to ask questions regarding the global experience of COVID-19
Thursday 26 November
  • ‘CommBank research and panel – Maintaining growth in COVID-19’
  • ‘The use of dermatoscopy in skin cancer prevention’
  • ‘Pandemic stress – A framework for clinicians’
  • ‘Top tips for managing your finances in 2021’
  • ‘Why does influenza vaccine effectiveness vary from season to season?’
Saturday 28 November
  • ‘Racism is the public health crisis we can no longer ignore: The role of the GP’
  • ‘My patient is living with persistent pain – What are my treatment options?’
  • ‘Burnout: Looking beyond self-care’
  • ‘Superhumans need not apply – Working as a remote GP’
Dr Stevens says the online setup will give GPs the chance to connect with their peers through multiple networking and social opportunities within the national and international GP community.
 
‘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,’ he 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.’
 
All live sessions will be recorded and available on the GP20 platform within 48 hours of the session taking place, while on-demand content will be accessible for up to 12 months after the event has concluded.
 
On the final day of the conference, RACGP President-Elect Dr Karen Price will lead a discussion on leadership in general practice, featuring panelists Dr Srishti Dutta, Dr Nicole Higgins and Dr Todd Cameron.
 
Dr Stevens will close the event by awarding the Peter Mudge Medal, Alan Chancellor Award and the People’s Choice ePoster Award.
 
Attendees will be given the chance to donate towards the establishment of an RACGP grant in honour of the late RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon. The grant will contribute to the advancement of general practice in the areas he was most passionate about, with further details to be announced at the conference.
 
The full program is available on the GP20 website.
 
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