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What external resources has the RACGP endorsed in 2020?


Morgan Liotta


15/12/2020 1:27:47 PM

The college approves and endorses a range of clinical resources, guidelines and position statements each year.

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RACGP endorsement is provided for clinical guidelines that are produced to NHMRC standard.

Reviews of external resources are undertaken by GP members of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care, or by GPs appointed by the committee.
 
‘Accepted Clinical Resource’ status is provided for clinical resources that are not produced to National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines standards, but which are still produced to a high standard for use in general practice.
 
RACGP endorsement is only provided for clinical guidelines that are produced to NHMRC standard.
 
A document that is not a guideline or an RACGP Accepted Clinical Resource may be approved as an RACGP Supported Position/Statement if it meets the college’s criteria.
 
Below is a list of all of the RACGP’s approvals and endorsements for 2020.

Guideline for early recognition of hyperglycaemia in children under 16
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for Clinical Excellence Queensland following consultation with clinicians and patients, this primary care resource was developed with the aim to reduce rates of preventable diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children under 16.
 
It is designed to help improve parents’ knowledge of the symptoms of hyperglycaemia and DKA, and improve families’ psychosocial adjustment to a chronic disease. The resource also aims to help lower paediatric intensive care unit admissions and decrease morbidity and complications of type 1 diabetes associated with DKA.

Safer Baby Bundle
This resource is approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence for the University of Queensland and designed for Australian maternity healthcare professionals.
 
It consists of a collection of change ideas or interventions designed to reduce late-pregnancy stillbirth after 28 weeks’ gestation, consisting of five elements, including:

  • improving detection and management of fetal growth restriction
  • supporting women to stop smoking during pregnancy
  • raising awareness and improving care for women with decreased fetal movements
  • improving awareness of maternal going-to-sleep position in late pregnancy
  • improving decision-making about timing of birth for women with risks of stillbirth.
National Strategic Action Plan for blood cancer
Approved as a Supported Position/Statement for the Leukaemia Foundation, this is Australia’s first national action plan for blood cancer. It provides key goals and actions for improving service delivery and access to emerging therapies, to assist in reducing mortality from blood cancer and improve outcomes.

Keratinocyte cancer guideline
Approved as an Endorsed Clinical Guideline for Cancer Council Australia, this guide provides evidence-based advice on prevention, early detection and treatment of those at increased risk of keratinocyte cancer.

Recommended management of a patient with a breast implant
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for NSW Health, this guide summarises important information relevant to GPs caring for patients with breast implants.

Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: A guide for all health professionals
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for Cancer Australia, this guide has been developed to assist all health professionals to investigate symptomatic people with suspected lung cancer and support their early and rapid referral into the diagnostic pathway. It is a general guide to appropriate practice to be followed, subject to the clinician’s judgement in each individual case.
 
Guideline for the management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, the guidelines aim is to develop evidence-based advice for clinicians who care for pregnant women, particularly with the management of vomiting and nausea in pregnancy.

Late effects of polio: A guide to management for medical professionals
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for Spinal Life Australia, the guidelines are designed to provide evidence-based advice for health professionals on diagnostic considerations, assessment and interventions for patients with late effects of polio.

Update of the Australian guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder  
Approved as Endorsed Clinical Guidelines for Phoenix Australia, this resource provides current guidance for treatment and interventions that promote recovery following trauma, including effective treatment options for those who develop acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
With the previous edition RACGP-endorsed in 2014, the 2020 update has expanded the scope to cover the new diagnosis of complex PTSD and the format has changed to a ‘living guideline’.

Update of the Australian asthma handbook chapter: Mild asthma
Approved as Endorsed Clinical Guidelines for National Asthma Council Australia. The recent changes aim to provide better quality of life with use of a low-dose inhaled corticosteroid and rapid onset reliever on an as-needed basis in order to address underlying lung inflammation for patients with mild asthma.

Position statement on access to COVID-19 prevention, screening and treatment of people with intellectual or developmental disability
Approved as a Supported Position/Statement for the University of New South Wales. It is designed to be a catalyst for action in the treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disability, as well as to provide support for these patients, who face heightened risk and additional barriers within the COVID-19 context.
 
iPrevent tool
Approved as an Accepted Clinical Resource for Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, this decision-support tool was developed by a multidisciplinary team to directly target women who are at risk and who have a familial history of breast cancer.
 
The tool provides women with a report about risk category and risk-management options, with a plan of action to discuss with their GP. It is also embedded on the Cancer Australia website.
 
Further information about RACGP endorsements is available on the college website.
 
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