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In Practice: Diabetes management with current drug shortages


Matt Woodley


8/12/2022 2:14:03 PM

An upcoming webinar will address ongoing diabetes medication shortages and aim to help GPs safely negotiate therapies.

GP talking to patient.
An upcoming webinar will address ongoing diabetes medication shortages and help GPs safely negotiate therapies.

This week’s round-up also includes information on the extended Rural Procedural Grants Program, new clinical guidelines, and details on benefits exclusive to RACGP members.
 
Diabetes management with current drug shortages
Webinar: Tuesday 13 December, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEDT)
 
Presented by Dr Gary Deed, Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Diabetes, this webinar will address the current medications shortage for treatment of diabetes and assist GPs to safely negotiate therapies.
 
Learning outcomes: 

  • Outline the specifics of expected drug shortages and impacts on clinical care pathways
  • Create a clinical plan to identify and manage those affected and implement safe transitional care
  • Review and reinforce national and International clinical guidelines on alternative choices for affected patients
Register online.
 
Rural Procedural Grants Program extended until 31 December 2023
The Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) helps cover the cost of professional development for GPs who provide procedural and/or emergency medicine services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas.
 
The RPGP provides GPs the opportunity to access financial assistance to maintain or update skills to continue to provide vital service to their community.
 
GPs registered in the RPGP can continue to claim grants for online education until 31 December 2023. The date has been extended by the Department of Health and Aged Care in collaboration with the RACGP and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine to make professional development more accessible for rural and remote GPs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Members must be registered in the program prior to attending an activity they wish to claim.
More information and registration is available on the RACGP website.
 
Clinical guidelines by topic
For those unaware, GPs are able to view all RACGP guidelines and endorsed guidelines by topic.
 
A newly published guideline topic, reducing patient harms, provides a collection of resources that provide evidence-based information for GPs and patients to aid shared decision making.
 
This topic also includes the new RACGP guide, First do no harm: A guide to choosing wisely in general practice, which provides information on:
 
  • overused tests
  • overdiagnosed and overtreated conditions
  • interventions with insufficient evidence.
RACGP member benefits
Dr Matt Young, GP at Brisbane’s Medeco Inala – the 2018 RACGP General Practice of the Year – is leading a 14-day journey from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Patagonia in southern Argentina, encompassing a great variety of landscapes and cultures along the way.
 
The John Baines Medical Study Tour to Brazil and Argentina runs from 27 February – 12 March 2023, and RACGP members are eligible for a 5% discount.
 
In this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, participants can learn about the medicine and society in four very different parts of South America and the history and practice of public health in Brazil. Visit the historic British Hospital and an urban community clinic in Buenos Aires, and learn about healthcare provision to remote communities in Patagonia.
 
RACGP members can also receive up to $200 off when they join HCF’s corporate hospital and extras between 1 November – 31 December. Members will have access to exclusive products with more benefits and added value compared to the standard HCF cover.
 
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