In Practice: Further calls for feedback on Scope of Practice review

Morgan Liotta

16/05/2024 2:55:05 PM

The RACGP is encouraging members to share their views on the proposed policy reforms across the three key theme areas.

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The RACGP is giving members the opportunity to share their views on the Scope of Practice's proposed eight policy reforms.

This week’s In Practice also details upcoming educational webinars on digital health, cervical screening for people with disability, domestic and family violence, and National Reconciliation Week.
Scope of Practice review: Is this the end for general practice or an opportunity for change?
Webinar: Wednesday 22 May, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEST)
The Federal Government’s Scope of Practice review is in the third phase of consultation and members can still share their views.
This webinar is an opportunity for members to share thoughts on the proposed eight policy reform options across three key theme areas (workforce, legislation and regulation, and funding and payment policy), with:

  • RACGP President, Dr Nicole Higgins
  • Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Funding and Health System Reform (REC–FHSR), Dr Michael Wright
  • REC–FHSR member, Dr Rashmi Sharma.
Register online.
Digital health Q&A
Webinar: Wednesday 22 May, 6.30 pm (AEST)
CPD: 1 EA hour
RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management member, Dr David Adam, will host this Q&A discussion on digital health tools in general practice. Topics discussed will include: 
  • Provider Connect Australia
  • electronic prescribing
  • My Health Record
  • sharing patient data.
After providing brief introductory information on each of the listed topics, Dr Adam will address any questions from participants. Questions can be submitted in advance during the registration process or asked live during the webinar. 
This Q&A session is presented by the RACGP in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency.
Register online.
Optimising cervical screening for people with disability: Supporting equity in your practice
Webinar: Tuesday 21 May, 7.00 – 8.30 pm (AEST)
CPD: 1.5 hours EA
Presented in partnership with the Daffodil Centre and Centre for Disability Studies, this webinar is designed to extend knowledge and skills in facilitating cervical screening for patients with disability.
With insights from cervical cancer screening experts Professor Deborah Bateson and RACGP Board Chair Dr Lara Roeske, as well as disability advocate Tricia Malowney, this webinar will explore the barriers and facilitators to cervical screening in people with disability, along with the strategies and techniques GPs can employ to confidently support these patients.
Register online.
Medical Costs Finder: Digital information session for GPs and practice staff
Webinar: Tuesday 21 May, 9.00 – 9.45 pm (AEST)
The Medical Costs Finder website helps patients find and understand the typical costs of GP and specialist medical services. It supports them to prepare for an informed discussion with their GP, specialist, or private health insurer about fees, and feel more confident in shared decision-making about treatment.
The session provides an overview of the Medical Costs Finder website and how patients can use it to find typical fees and potential out-of-pocket costs on selected GP and specialist services.
Register online
Supporting practitioners in domestic and family violence work
Webinar: Tuesday 18 June, 12.30 – 1.15 pm (AEST)
CPD: 1 EA hour
Given survivors of violence and abuse can present frequently to GPs with health conditions resulting from their trauma, GPs need to be equipped to recognise and respond. GPs who work with survivors may also be at increased risk of burnout and vicarious trauma.
Presented by Dr Jennifer Neil, GP and educator at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and in partnership with the Safer Families Centre, this webinar will discuss how to appropriately respond to survivors in primary care and how to avoid burnout and vicarious trauma when working with survivors.
Learning outcomes:
  • appropriately respond to survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence in primary care
  • apply trauma and violence informed care practices when caring for survivors
  • describe the role of referral pathways in supporting both survivors and clinicians
  • explain the pathways of support to avoid burnout and vicarious trauma when working with survivors.
Register online.
National Reconciliation Week 2024: ‘Now More Than Ever’
Webinar: Tuesday 4 June, 7.30 – 8.30 pm (AEST)
National Reconciliation Week offers Australians an opportunity to deepen their understanding of shared histories, cultures, and achievements while considering our roles in promoting reconciliation in Australia. Among ongoing challenges, this year’s theme underscores the pressing need to advocate for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As an organisation committed to reconciliation through its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the RACGP is devoted to positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. Learn about the RACGP’s progress and new RAP during the webinar.
Featuring guest speaker Dr Mark Daley, GP at the First People’s Health and Wellbeing clinic in NSW and recipient of the 2023 RACGP Standing Strong Together Award. Dr Daley’s work exemplifies collaborative healthcare partnerships recognised by the award, focusing on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Gain insights into his contributions, culturally safe care practices, and how his efforts advance reconciliation.
Register online.
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