In Practice: Profile of the GP

Morgan Liotta

20/10/2022 1:59:55 PM

The college has released a key piece of its educational framework to accompany the curriculum and syllabus for Australian general practice.

Young female GP with patient
The college’s GP profile details the expansion of competency and scope of practice through the Fellowship journey.

This week’s round-up also includes updates for GPs providing care for defence force veterans, and opportunities to improve wellbeing and clinical skills.
Progressive capability profile of the general practitioner
The RACGP has released its new Progressive capability profile of the general practitioner.
The profile details the progressive expansion of competency and scope of practice from commencement of general practice vocational training to the attainment of RACGP Fellowship and the certification for independent practice as a GP in Australia.  
The profile introduces competency milestones matched to a progressive scope of practice. It defines the capabilities and competencies required at four milestones of general practice vocational training, as well as the specific knowledge, skills and attitudes required to attain these competencies.  
According to the college, the profile is an important and innovative document that will support education for general practice and provide direction for training and assessment programs from 2023.
The project team can contacted for any questions. 
Department of Veterans’ Affairs updates
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has updated services available for GPs to be aware of when caring for veteran patients.
Expansion of allied health services to veterans in aged care
To align with the new Australian National Aged Care Classification, all veterans in residential aged care, regardless of their care level, are now eligible to access allied health services, with the expansion of the Rehabilitation Aids Program. This will make it easier for healthcare providers to deliver and/or prescribe these services to DVA clients.
Accessing secure DVA emails
For healthcare providers who may concerned an email from the DVA may be a scam, a secure DVA account can be set up to ensure security when opening emails from the DVA.
Compensation Quick Tips for health providers 
This new service will make it easier for healthcare providers to help the DVA ensure veterans are appropriately compensated for injuries or illnesses resulting from their time in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Pilot program for veteran social wellbeing and employment
Veteran patients who might benefit from tailored support for social wellbeing and/or employment but have not yet had their health condition/s accepted by the DVA as being related to their ADF service, could be eligible for a new trial DVA program.
Finding meaning through diversity: Exploring the role of career and job diversity in GPs’ wellbeing
Webinar: Tuesday 15 November, 6.30 – 7.00 pm (ACDT)
In 2021, GPEx was awarded the inaugural RACGP Foundation Harry Nespolon Research Grant. This study focused on the relationship between career diversity and wellbeing in GPs, as well as the enablers and barriers GPs face with respect to work diversification.
The results of this research will be important to inform future policies regarding general practice, including workforce planning, modelling, and training. The results will also provide practical messages for GPs considering diversifying. 
GPEx is hosting a free webinar for GPs, GPs in training, practice managers and RTO staff to discuss the findings of this important research project and practical strategies to improve wellbeing.
Register online.
Survey for GPs working in clinical practice
In collaboration with the RACGP, the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare is calling for GP participation in an online survey to investigate GPs’ attitudes, beliefs, and use of non-drug interventions in primary care. The survey should take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete.
Gambling harm webinar series
Webinar 2: Opening the door: How the GP can facilitate conversations with patients facing gambling harm
Wednesday 26 October, 7.00pm – 8.00 pm (AEDT) 
Eligible for 2 RACGP CPD points
According to RACGP Specific Interests Addiction Medicine Chair Dr Hester Wilson, starting the conversation with patients about gambling may open the doors for lasting change. GPs are in a unique position to screen for problem gambling and should know when to listen, offer advice and refer to specialist services.
This webinar, hosted by Dr Wilson, will analyse the common conversations GPs may find themselves having with patients about gambling, how to identify where the patient is at in their cycle of gambling and how to encourage a patient’s commitment to change.

Register online.
Medical tours member discount
RACGP members can also receive a 5% discount on two CPD-eligible medical study Jon Baines Tours, with places filling up:

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