In Practice: Recognition for antiviral rollout

Morgan Liotta

13/10/2022 1:37:24 PM

GPs have been thanked by Australia’s Chief Medical Officer for spearheading the rollout of COVID-19 antiviral treatments.

Professor Paul Kelly
Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has thanked GPs for helping to prescribe and dispense more than 300,000 oral antiviral treatments under the PBS.

This week’s round-up also includes information on upcoming in-person learning opportunities as they begin to return across the country, including a rural emergency medicine skills workshop in Darwin, and a sexual health workshop in Melbourne.
CMO thanks GPs for their role in COVID-19 oral treatment success
Last week, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly wrote to all GPs and primary care providers to thank them for ongoing response to COVID-19.
The letter paid particular tribute to their key role in protecting those most at risk from more severe disease, hospitalisation and death through the provision of COVID-19 oral antiviral prescriptions.
‘Without the cooperation and support of primary care providers like yourself, the rollout of the oral treatments would not have had the significant impact it has among high-risk groups,’ Professor Kelly wrote.
To date, more than 300,000 COVID-19 oral treatments have been prescribed and dispensed under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
The RACGP website has information on prescribing these treatments, including a prescribing workflow.
Emergency medicine for rural GPs: Darwin
The RACGP is partnering with Flinders University to hold an emergency medicine workshop in Darwin for GPs, GPs in training, residents, and interns keen to further enhance their rural emergency medicine skills.
This workshop will be the first accredited activity provided under the RACGP NT Faculty and will be facilitated by locally experienced GPs.
Involving participants rotating through five hands-on simulated scenarios that reflect rural and remote healthcare challenges, the workshop aims to enhance patient safety and GP self-care by providing participants with the opportunity to engage in a structured accredited activity. Participants will also discuss and simulate scenarios reflecting the many challenges GPs face when living and working in rural and remote communities.
There will be a strong emphasis on emergency medicine situations, GP self-care, coordinating and communicating with other healthcare professionals, stress management and debriefing.
The workshop is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program (eligible for 40 points) and is approved for all categories of the Rural Procedural Grants Program.  
Saturday 22 October, 7.30 am – 4.30 pm
Flinders University, Tiwi, Northern Territory
Cost: Members $695 | Non-members $995
Register online.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and end-of-life law
The Australian Centre for Health Law Research’s End of Life Law for Clinicians national training program has launched a new free online training module on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and end-of-life law.
Designed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and community, the training aims to help health professionals understand legal considerations that can arise in the context of caring for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and families at the end of life, to ensure they provide culturally safe and responsive end-of-life care.
This training may attract CPD points.
Registration is available via the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative.
Gambling harm webinar series
Many people with gambling issues are not being identified because their symptoms may be masked by other disorders, and are often hidden due to stigma and shame. Gambling harm has a direct impact on patient outcomes.
The RACGP is hosting a webinar series to discuss these issues, with the first focusing on how to provide psychoeducation for patients who are experiencing gambling harm, as well as strategies for management and referral resources, specific to New South Wales.
The second webinar will delve into how GPs can have these often-challenging conversations with patients, how to identify where the patient is at in their cycle of gambling and how practitioners can encourage a patient’s commitment to change.

Webinar 1: Gambling harm: Comorbidities, treatment and referral     
Monday 17 October, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEDT) 
Register online.
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) 
Register online.
Burning questions about STIs
Presented by RACGP Specific Interests, this one-day practical workshop will answer GPs’ burning questions about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Held at Sofitel Melbourne, sessions will be presented by experts in STIs and cover topics such as sexual history taking, the use of guidelines, appropriate communication with patients, sequelae of STIs (pelvic inflammatory disease and epididymitis), including partner notification and partner delivered therapy.
The day will also cover:

  • mycoplasma genitalium
  • vaginal discharge, including recurrent candida and bacterial vaginosis
  • identifying the stages of syphilis and interpreting results.
This is an approved RACGP CPD Accredited Activity and will attract 40 CPD points for the 2020–22 triennium.
Saturday 22 October, 8.30 am – 4.00 pm (AEDT)
Sofitel Melbourne, Victoria Suites
Cost: Members $325 | Non-members: $375
Register online.
RACGP 2022 state award winners 
The college congratulates the exceptional GPs, GPs in training, GP supervisors and general practices across Australia who have been awarded a state or territory RACGP Award.  
These state winners now go into the running for the RACGP National Awards under their respective award categories, of which the winners will be announced at GP22 on Sunday 27 November. 
Full details of each state award winner are available on the RACGP website.
RACGP member benefits
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Until 31 December, RACGP members will receive 15% off an individual subscription to UpToDate. Members can log into the RACGP member portal to access the promotional code for this offer.

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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