In Practice: Professional development and clinical training

Morgan Liotta

9/09/2021 2:26:49 PM

CPD webinars, new information on electronic prescribing, and available positions on RACGP committees are all featured this week.

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The RACGP has a range of upcoming CPD activities available for GPs.

The latest In Practice round up also includes resources on the business of general practice, details of an upcoming gambling harm awareness webinar, library training sessions and a chance to learn more about quality improvement activities.
GP Insights: Navigating the pandemic and what lies ahead
Webinar: Tuesday 21 September, 7.00–8.00 pm (AEST)
The fourth edition of the CommBank GP Insights report explores how the economics of running a practice has shifted amid the pandemic.
It provides insights into impacting trends, including the allocations of elevated technology budgets, the success of telehealth, and the operational and financial impact of the ongoing vaccination program.
Presenters of the free webinar are CommBank Smart Health Head of Operations, Caitlin Wilson, and practice intelligence platform Cubiko CEO, Chris Smeed.

Register online.
Gambling harm awareness training for GPs
Webinar: Wednesday 29 September, 7.00–8.30 pm (AEST)
Issues with gambling can significantly impact health, financial and relationship status, education, employment, and social and psychological wellbeing.
It is estimated that for every person with a gambling problem, they will impact on six other people.
Facilitated by Dr Hester Wilson, the free webinar is designed to improve GPs’ awareness of gambling harm, to equip them to offer solutions to help those in need.
While applicable on a national scale, the content will focus primarily on resources and services available in New South Wales.

Register online.
Normalising OCD: The Good GP latest episode
In the latest episode of The Good GP podcast, GP in training Dr Lena Rennick reveals her lived experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the hope to educate GPs and normalise the condition.
Dr Rennick joins psychiatrist Dr Scott Blair-West to discuss the impact OCD has on patients, as well as strategies to normalise OCD, screening and detection, managing OCD in primary care, and when to refer.
The Good GP educational podcast is presented by Dr Tim Koh, Dr Krystyna DeLange and Dr Sean Stevens, in collaboration with RACGP WA.
Australian Digital Health Agency electronic prescribing Q&A
The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) invites GPs to join one of the upcoming Q&A support sessions on electronic prescribing.
While there is no requirement to have used electronic prescribing prior to joining a session, practices already generating electronic prescriptions are encouraged to share their experiences so far, along with any patient feedback.
All practice staff will be able to participate by speaking directly with subject matter experts, or by submitting questions during and/or prior to your selected session.
Sessions start 14 September.
Register online.
RACGP library training sessions
Want to know how to use the library’s services and resources? One-on-one tailored training sessions are available for members.
The 45-minute sessions, delivered via Zoom, are available for a range of purposes, including:

  • how to use library databases, e-books
  • library website navigation
  • how to conduct a literature search – using a topic of interest or a research question.
Contact the library to arrange a session.
Quality improvement: Where it fits in general practice research
Webinar: Thursday 16 September, 7.00–8.15 pm (AEST)
Learn more about and explore practical examples of quality improvement (QI) activities and its relevance to general practice research. This webinar will consider the ethical requirements of research and outline some triggers for seeking an ethical review of your QI or evaluation activity.

The webinar will also introduce the SQUIRE guidelines that can help GPs looking to have their research published.
Register online.
Position available: Specialist International Medical Graduate member
The RACGP is calling for applicants for the position of Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) member on the SIMG sub-committee of the Council of Censors.
The position of SIMG offers the opportunity for a doctor who has an international specialist qualification in general practice or family medicine, and who has recently been admitted to RACGP Fellowship to take part in a new and different aspect of college life.
Those who hold a keen interest in the education, training and assessment of GPs, and feel strongly about bringing the perspective of international specialists seeking RACGP Fellowship, should   consider applying for the role.
More information is available on the RACGP website.
Positions available: RACGP National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee 
GPs, legal professionals and members of the public are invited to join the RACGP National Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee (NREEC).
The committee has current and impending vacancies for:
  • GP/researcher members with current relevant research experience
  • a practising lawyer
  • laypersons with no RACGP affiliation who don’t currently engage in medical, scientific, legal or academic work
  • a person with knowledge and current experience in the professional care, counselling or treatment of people, for example a nurse or allied health professional.
The role of the NREEC is to assess the ethical principles for research involving humans in the Australian primary healthcare setting, and to protect the welfare and rights of participants in research.
The committee also has a role in facilitating research that is or will be of benefit to the researcher’s community or to humankind.
Applications close Sunday 10 October.
More information is available on the RACGP website.
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