In Practice: update to ‘gold standard’ general practice resource

Morgan Liotta

3/02/2022 2:45:09 PM

The RACGP Library now has the latest edition of John Murtagh’s General practice available for members.

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Murtagh’s General practice is broadly recognised as an essential primary healthcare resource.

This week’s round up also includes the launch of the Become a GP campaign, upcoming education events and updates on Medicare billing errors.
John Murtagh’s general practice
Widely recognised as the gold standard reference for general practice and primary healthcare, the eighth edition of Murtagh’s general practice has been published.
RACGP members can access the eBook version via the library’s Murtagh collection (RACGP website login required).
The updated edition offers new chapters on obesity, mood disorders, breast disorders, travellers’ health and tropical medicine. New information is also included on genetic disorders, chronic pain and infectious diseases, including acute respiratory distress syndrome with reference to coronaviruses and COVID-19.
Become a GP campaign
The RACGP is launching its Become a GP campaign on 6 February.
Designed to be an engaging and long-lasting recruitment campaign, Become a GP is aimed at increasing the appeal of general practice to encourage junior doctors and medical students to choose it as their specialty, by promoting the rewarding and varied career as a GP on the frontline.
The campaign creative features a series of animations centred around clinical stories, based on instances of acute observation and demonstration of skills beyond everyday medicine that have led to positive outcomes for patients. 
Anyone considering a career in general practice is encouraged to visit the Become a GP website and download the Guide to your career in general practice. This practical guide outlines pathway options towards Fellowship and showcases the complex and rewarding aspects of general practice.
Reversing a Medicare billing error
Services Australia has advised that there is no requirement for GPs to wait months for a Medicare billing error to be reversed.
Where a GP has incorrectly billed the wrong item number, they are required to lodge an adjustment request. Provided the GP has submitted an adjustment form and a signed patient voucher showing the correct item, the adjustment can be processed within 28 days.
However, if this information is not provided or information is missing, processing of the adjustment can be delayed.
If a GP is submitting a claim online and identifies they have submitted an incorrect item, they can call the Provider Enquiry Line (132 150) and ask for the claim to deleted so they can resubmit the correct item.
More information is available on the Services Australia website.
Emergency medicine for rural GPs
Webinar: Saturday 19 February, 1.00 – 5.00 pm (AEDT)
Cost: $195 for RACGP members; $295 for non-members
CPD: 40 points
Designed and facilitated by experienced rural GPs and emergency specialists, this workshop aims to enhance rural emergency medicine skills using case scenarios that reflect rural and remote challenges.
It involves four small-group interactive case scenario discussions as well as an exploration of the critical considerations involved in managing rural emergency cases, packaging patients for retrieval, communicating effectively with retrieval teams, debriefing and self-care.
Register online.
Long-acting reversible contraception: overview and advice
Webinar: Monday 7 March, 7.30 pm (AEDT)
Preventing unintended pregnancy is an important public health initiative and a key focus of Australia’s National Women’s Health Strategy 2020−30.
One-third of Australian women experience an unintended pregnancy, with rates of unintended pregnancy disproportionately higher among socio-demographically disadvantaged areas and those living in rural areas.

While long-acting and reversible contraception (LARC) is effective at preventing a pregnancy, uptake in Australia is low.

The first in the RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health and AusCAPPS webinar series will provide an overview of LARCs and helpful hints for the novice, as well as what is available, barriers, efficacy, and safety of LARC methods. It will also examine techniques of LARC insertion and removal procedures.
Register online.
RACGP Academic Post showcase
Webinar: Tuesday 15 February, 7.00 – 8.15 pm (AEDT)
This webinar will showcase general practice research undertaken by participants of the RACGP Academic Post Program, including the process, challenges and achievement they experienced.
The researchers will also be on hand to answer any questions in a Q&A session.

Register online.
Australian Healthcare Week
Australia’s largest free healthcare event is taking place 16−17 March in Sydney.
GPs and GPs in training can experience innovations and learning opportunities to enhance their professional development. 
Further details and registrations are available online.
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