In Practice: Ideas for RACGP Convocation

Paul Hayes

18/11/2021 2:57:00 PM

Members are invited to vote for the idea they would most like to see presented at this year’s RACGP Convocation.

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The top six ideas as voted by RACGP members will be presented at Convocation on Thursday 9 December 2021.

This week’s In Practice round-up also includes updates to the RACGP Standards, as well as upcoming webinars on vaccine hesitancy and climate change.

RACGP Convocation: Vote for your favourite idea
Members are invited to vote for the idea they would like to see presented at the 2021 RACGP Convocation.
The top six ideas as voted by RACGP members will be presented at Convocation on Thursday 9 December 2021.
Convocation ideas raised by members in the past have shaped RACGP policy, position statements, events and activities. 
The ideas submitted by members this year:

  • Public education about Medicare
  • Specialist in general practice family medicine
  • Trauma-informed care healthcare
  • Emergency support team for GPs
  • Enshrine freedom of conscience and action
  • Medical practice ownership for medical practitioners or government bodies only
  • Stop indefinite referrals
  • Separate course requirements for GP-only practice
  • Procedural generalists to be recognised as specialists
  • SIP and PIP payments
Find out about members’ submissions and vote for the idea you would like to see considered by the RACGP.
Updated Standards
The RACGP has just published an updated version of the Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards) on the college website.
The RACGP Expert Committee – Standards for General Practices (REC–SGP) reviewed the Standards to include:
  Subscribe to Standards News to receive regular updates.
Vaccine hesitancy and practice efficiencies
Webinar: Thursday 2 December 2021, 7.00–8.00 pm AEDT.
The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine program has presented a number of challenges for GPs. This webinar will discuss strategies to engage vaccine-hesitant patients, including information on side effects, Moderna vaccine and mRNA-1273, booster vaccine doses, and mixed vaccines.
We will also take a look at ways to make your practice more efficient in vaccine delivery and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.
Climate change and rural health
Webinar: Thursday 2 December 2021, 8.00–9.00pm AEDT
Climate change is already having profound effects on the mental and physical health of rural and remote communities in Australia, and GPs are on the frontline. But how can we respond to this challenge and help our communities transition to a cleaner, healthier and more resilient future?
Join us to hear from rural doctors who are leading the way in Australia and globally and learn more about what you can do. This event attracts two CPD points.
  • Associate Professor Lachlan McIver, Tropical Diseases and Planetary Health Advisor, MSF Operational Centre Geneva
  • Associate Professor Lyn Fragar AO, Public Health Physician, Rural Safety and Health Alliance Chair, and immediate past Chair of Hunter New England Health Service
  • Dr Bob Vickers, rural generalist and clean air advocate
Register now.
#RuralPositive thanks rural health professionals
#RuralPositive, a new initiative facilitated by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), is encouraging community members to say thanks to rural health professionals for their resilience and dedication through a long period of drought, bushfires, flood, mice plagues and COVID-19.
The rural health workforce has been working tirelessly during very challenging times and it is important to recognise and acknowledge their contribution to their communities.
During November, people are coming together to say thank you to all rural health professionals, including GPs, nurses, allied health practitioners, nurses, midwives, Aboriginal health practitioners, practice managers, media receptionists, carers, health administrators, pharmacists and paramedics.
Visit the #RuralPositive website to thank your rural health colleagues, read the messages of thanks for your important work, and watch video messages from rural health stakeholders.
Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology
Are your dermatology skills only skin deep?
The RACGP’s Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology has been developed to help GPs and GPs in training increase their expertise and confidence when presented with dermatological cases in their practice.
Register for the certificate at any time of the year and complete it at your own pace (within three years). Sign up per course or enrol for the whole certificate in advance – saving $1125 on course fees.
Register online.
In-person workshops have now been announced for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2022, pending COVID restrictions. Find out more on the RACGP website.
The RACGP’s Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology is proudly supported by Sonic Healthcare.
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