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GPs can also be notified of a number of upcoming webinars, networking opportunities, and training programs.

The college encourages general practitioners to express their views on the provision of mental health care in general practice.

This week’s in-practice round-up includes a new college position statement on the role of GPs in elderly care, new patient resources on health care costs, and upcoming webinars and application deadlines for the program.

RACGP position on sustainable family doctor care for the elderly

For the past three years, the college has been actively advocating greater support for primary care physicians in elderly care, including filings with the Royal Commission on Elderly Care Quality and Safety and ongoing collaboration with the government on major announcements in the sector.

The RACGP recently developed an opinion on family doctor care for the elderly. The position statement addresses the barriers GPs face in caring for the elderly and highlights the critical role of GPs in elderly care.

There are also recommendations on improving access to primary care for the elderly, improving continuity of care for this group, and helping general practitioners to continue to provide high quality care in the sector.

The position statement is available on the RACGP website.

Share your thoughts on mental health and general medicine

The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) invited a selection of primary care physicians to take part in a short 10-minute survey on mental health and general medicine.

The GP feedback will help the GPMHSC understand the various attitudes and views related to receiving mental health training and the use of the appropriate Medicare Benefit Schedule item numbers. The information gathered from the survey will also help the GPMHSC advocate for policy development and reforms for general practice and mental health care.

Selected general practitioners received an email inviting them to take part in the survey. For more information, the GPMHSC can be contacted on 03 8699 0554 or gpmhsc@racgp.org.au

New patient resources on health care costs

The RACGP has developed new patient-centered resources that highlight the continuing lack of investment in general medicine and rising healthcare costs.

Resources include a printable poster and patient information sheet that can be posted in general practices advising patients to ask their GP how to write to their local MP. The college has also developed a letter template that can be pre-filled by GPs and given to patients for mailing to their local MP.

More information and resources are available in the RACGP resources to help you manage your billing website (member login required).

Any feedback can be sent by email to healthreform@racgp.org.au

Gambling harm awareness training for general practitioners

Webinar: Tuesday, October 26th, 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. (AEDT)

Family doctors play an important role in identifying people with gambling problems and can refer them to available resources. This educational webinar aims to raise awareness of gambling harm and equip GPs with the resources and solutions to help those in need.

The webinar will educate GPs in the treatment and management of gambling-impaired patients.
Although applicable at the national level, the content of the webinar mainly focuses on resources and services available in New South Wales.

Register online.

Practical experience program

Applications for the Practice Experience Program (PEP) for non-professionally registered doctors who wish to take the RACGP Fellowship exam are now open.

Starting January 2022, the rules for exam eligibility will change and only those who participate in a RACGP-approved program or who have successfully completed the PEP will remain eligible.

According to the current federal funding program, there are only two application deadlines:

  • 4th – 25th October 2021 – program starts April 1, 2022, ends March 31, 2023
  • January 10 – February 1, 2022 – program starts July 1, 2022, program ends June 30, 2023

Visit the RACGP website for more information.

Applications for the RACGP Future Leaders Program are possible

The Future Leaders program is designed to give RACGP fellows the confidence to drive change in their community by helping develop leadership skills, identify strengths, guide strategic thinking, and bring about beneficial change for the health community.

For more information, please visit the RACGP website, which is also where general practitioners can apply for the 2022 program.

More places available for AOD Treatment Skills Training

The Alcohol and Other Drugs GP Education Program (AOD) – Treatment Skills Training is a hands-on course that focuses on counseling skills and AOD clinical knowledge to improve GPs’ ability to talk to their patients about alcohol and drug use .

The aim of the training is to give busy general practitioners practical tips that can be used in practice.
Upon completion of the training, a scholarship of US $ 1200 will be awarded.

Further information and application documents can be found on the RACGP website.

General Medicine: Health of the Nation Report 2021

The RACGP General Practices: Nation Health 2021 report will be released on Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. (AEDT).

With nearly 22 million Australians visiting their GPs each year, a well-supported, accessible and high quality general care sector is vital to the health of communities across Australia.

This year’s Health of the Nation report sheds light on the future of general practice and highlights a number of critical issues affecting general practitioners and their patients, including the management of multimorbidities, the increasing psychological stress of general practitioners, and the challenges of COVID – 19 vaccine rollout.

The report also identifies some of the critical challenges facing general practitioners and what needs to be addressed to ensure that Australians can access the care they need when they need it.

The October 21 publication and full nation health report will be available on the RACGP website.

Rural Members Meeting: Climate Change and Rural Health

Webinar: Tuesday, October 26th, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. (AEDT)

RACGP Rural members are invited to join this month’s discussion to connect with rural and remote peers and learn more about the effects of climate change on the health of rural communities.

This event is hosted by Dr. Catherine Pendrey moderates and offers insights from the experienced rural family doctors Dr. Rebecca McGowan and Dr. Michelle Hamrosi on climate change, rural health and what GPs can do.

Dr. McGowan is the lead general practitioner in her Albury, New South Wales (NSW) practice, and health prevention advisor and trainer. She is passionate about improving health outcomes in rural and regional Australia and reducing the human impact on climate change.

Dr. Hamrosi is an experienced general practitioner and ANU clinic lecturer from Broulee on the south coast of NSW (Yuin Country), where she lives with her family. In 2020, she experienced first hand the devastating effects of the Black Summer Bushfires, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register online.

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