In Practice: PEP applications open

Morgan Liotta

7/10/2021 1:28:09 PM

GPs can also prepare for upcoming CPD activities and the launch of this year’s Health of the Nation report.

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The college is seeking member feedback via a new compliance survey.

This week’s In Practice round up includes details on applications currently open for RACGP educational programs, upcoming CPD-approved webinars, and a new member survey.
Practice Experience Program
Applications are now open for the Practice Experience Program (PEP) for non-vocationally registered doctors who plan to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.
From January 2022, rules around exam eligibility are changing and only those on an RACGP-approved program or those who have satisfactorily completed the PEP will remain eligible to sit.
Under the current Federal Government funding scheme there are only two more application periods remaining:

  • 4–25 October 2021 − program start date 1 April 2022, program end date 31 March 2023
  • 10 January – 1 February 2022 − program start date 1 July 2022, program end date 30 June 2023
More information is available on the RACGP website.
Applications open for the RACGP Future Leaders Program
The Future Leaders Program is designed to give RACGP Fellows the confidence to lead change in their community, through helping to develop leadership skills, identify strengths, guide strategic thinking and produce beneficial change for the health community.
Further information is available on the RACGP website, where GPs can also apply for the 2022 program.
More spaces available for AOD Treatment Skills Training
The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program − Treatment Skills Training is a practical course focusing on consultation skills and AOD clinical knowledge, designed to enhance GPs’ ability to talk about alcohol and drug use with their patients.
The training aims to provide busy GPs with practical tips that can be incorporated into practice.
A $1200 grant payment will be awarded on completion of training.
More information and to apply is available on the RACGP website.
General Practice: Health of the Nation 2021 report
The RACGP’s General Practice: Health of the Nation 2021 report is launching on Thursday 21 October at 10.00 am (AEDT).
Providing a glimpse of the future of general practice, Health of the Nation is a comprehensive and robust study of Australian general practice. This year’s report identifies key areas of GP concern, including managing multimorbidity, the increasing mental health burden in general practice, and the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The 2021 report will be launched with messages from the RACGP President, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, and the leader of the Australian Greens.

The 21 October launch and full report will be available on the RACGP website.

RACGP survey: Compliance education resources
The RACGP is seeking feedback from GPs at all stages of their careers on educational resources to assist in correct Medicare billing to meet compliance obligations.
The college is calling for members to complete a short survey on the value of existing compliance resources and topics they would like to see covered in future resources. De-identified feedback will be provided to the Department of Health to assist with developing resources that meet the needs of GPs.
The survey will take approximately 5–10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous.
Adolescent eating disorders: GPs’ role
Webinar: Tuesday 12 October, 7.00–8.15 pm (AWST)
Approved for 2 CPD Program points
The increasing prevalence of eating disorders in the adolescent community is of concern, and GPs have an important role in supporting families and adolescents with, or at risk of, eating disorders.
This free webinar explores:
  • the different types and features of eating disorders
  • identifying the at-risk patient
  • assessment and diagnosis
  • referral pathways, when to refer and coordinating care
  • the GP’s role in supporting patients and their families
  • useful resources.

The webinar will be recorded and made available online following the session.
Register online.
Trauma-informed care in general practice
Webinar: Tuesday 12 October, 7.00−8.30 pm (AEDT)
Approved for 3 CPD Program points
Presented by Dr Johanna Lynch, a GP with a PhD in trauma-informed approaches to the whole person, and Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Blue Knot Foundation – National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma.
This webinar highlights the prevalence and burden of interpersonal trauma and explores the links between good quality generalist care and trauma-informed care. Key aspects of a new chapter in the upcoming edition of the RACGP’s White Book, ‘Trauma-informed care in general practice’ will also be outlined.
Register online.
Risk assessment in a pandemic: Assessing survivors of family violence in general practice
Webinar: Tuesday 9 November, 7.00−8.30 pm (AEDT)
Approved for 3 CPD Program points
Presented by GP Dr Jennifer Neil, along with a family and domestic violence worker and a survivor, this webinar will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family and domestic violence presentations in general practice.
Register online.
Sudden cardiac death
Webinar: Thursday 14 October, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEDT)
Approved for 2 CPD Program points
Sudden cardiac death is one of the largest causes of global mortality. Presenter Dr Emily Kotschet will discuss the importance of identifying at-risk patients, available treatment options, and explore ways to implement key early prevention and intervention measures.
Register online.  

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