In Practice: Self-care for GPs and patients

Morgan Liotta

2/12/2021 4:05:44 PM

How can GPs practice what they preach by carrying out self-care, while also encouraging patients to do the same?

Two women in serious conversation
GPs can learn more about how to best support their own, and other doctors’ health and wellbeing, through a webinar on treating doctor-patients.

This week’s In Practice round up also includes the college’s updated guideline on abuse and violence, the chance for members to have their say in the digital tools survey, and an upcoming social media course.
Self-care for patients and GPs
In a special 100th episode of the Good GP, hosts Dr Tim Koh, Dr Krystyna De Lange and Dr Sean Stevens focus on self-care.
They discuss how to motivate patients to practice self-care, helping children and teenagers, as well as examining doctors’ wellbeing and self-care.
GPs can also learn more about how to best support their own, and other doctors’ health and wellbeing, through a webinar on treating doctor-patients. The RACGP has partnered with the Doctors Health Advisory Service WA to deliver the webinar.
White Book update
The fifth edition of Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (White Book) is now available on the RACGP website.
The White Book offers health practitioners evidence-based guidance on appropriate identification and response in clinical practice to patients experiencing abuse and violence.
All chapters have been updated with the latest evidence on abuse and violence, most of which occurs within the family or by someone the victim/survivor knows.
The new edition of the White Book has been expanded to include six new chapters:

  • Supporting men who experience intimate partner abuse and violence
  • Trauma-informed care in general practice
  • Adolescent-to-parent violence
  • Dating violence and technology-facilitated abuse
  • LGBTIQA+ family abuse and violence
  • Intimate partner abuse and violence − education and training for healthcare professionals
Member survey: Digital tools in general practice
The use of digital technology in Australian general practices is constantly evolving and has gathered pace during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a sharp increase in the tools used to support remote patient care.
The RACGP is running a survey to understand the systems used in general practices, where future investment is needed, and the technology challenges faced by GPs and their teams. 
The college is inviting GPs and practice teams to complete a short and anonymous survey, to provide their insights and opinions.

The survey is available on the RACGP website until 20 December.

Members with questions can contact the RACGP Practice Technology and Management team.
Social media course for GPs
A partnership with RACGP Plus and Marketing Practices, the Social Media Marketing Essentials Course provides GPs with comprehensive knowledge on the successful use of social media to communicate effectively with patients.
The course, available on an app, is designed for GPs, practice owners and their teams to learn how to use social media to position themselves as healthcare leaders within the local community.
The course includes:
  • six training modules with several lessons per module delivered over eight weeks
  • weekly group coaching calls via Zoom to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and seek advice
  • worksheets and templates, including a social media content planner
  • a private Facebook group to ask questions, share wins and stay connected.
More information about the course is available on the RACGP Plus webpage.
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