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External Events

21st Annual Congress of the Australasian Menopause Society

PROVIDER: Australasian Menopause Society

DATE: 13-15 October 2017

TIME: 12pm

VENUE: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


The 2017 Congress at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is designed to cut through the myths, prejudices and misconceptions surrounding menopause in favour of a rigorous, evidence-based approach to its management.
From Helsinki, Tomi Mikkola will present new evidence about cardiovascular risks associated with hormone therapy, as well as some exciting data on pelvic floor disorders. Leading Australian physicians will also bring you right up to date, boosting your confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with menopause and ageing.

COST: Click here to see registration fees.

TARGET AUDIENCE: GP, Nurse, Allied Health Worker, Retiree, Student Congress…

ENQUIRIES: For any questions or additional information, please contact: Project Manager – kt@asnevent.net.au

REGISTRATION: To register please visit the registration page.


PROVIDER: UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity

DATE: Wednesday 16 August 2017

TIME: 9.00 am to 1:15 pm

VENUE: John Niland Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales


The program will include:

  • The Annual Ian Webster “Health for All” Oration by Professor Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre
  • Presentation and discussion on new and current directions in CPHCE research and
  • Presentation of the CPHCE partnership awards

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.

How Sweet Is Your Heart? Diabetes and Cardiology Forum

PROVIDER: Western Sydney Diabetes

DATE: Tuesday 13 July 2017

TIME: 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm

VENUE: UWS Auditorium, Blacktown Hospital Campus, Blacktown Road, Blacktown


Western Sydney Diabetes would like to invite you to the Diabetes and Cardiology Forum. This will be an opportunity to hear from cardiology and endocrinology specialists as well as GPs.

COST: Free

ENQUIRIES: For any questions or additional information, please email Jonathan Otero – jonathan.otero@health.nsw.gov.au

REGISTRATION: To register, please email Jonathan Otero – jonathan.otero@health.nsw.gov.au

Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

Provider: ASHM

Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017


This course is designed to strengthen the capacity of clinical staff working in drug and alcohol settings, or working with people who inject drugs, to effectively test for, treat and manage hepatitis C. The online learning and face-face workshop will give you the skills to confidently prescribe the new DAAs.

Target: The program has been specifically designed for medical practitioners, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, addiction specialists etc. eligible to prescribe

Cost: Free

Enquiries: For further details contact Natalie Huska at natalie.huska@ashm.org.au or 02 8204 0784.

Registrations Close: Friday, 4 August 2017

Registration: To register, click here.

APNA Foundations Of General Practice Nursing 2 Day Workshop

Provider: Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Date: 14 & 15 July 2017

Time: Registration: 8.30am / Commencement: 8.45am – 5pm both days

Venue: Cliftons, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney


This workshop is  ideal for nurses with less than 18 months experience although suitable for those with more experience.   Gain an understanding of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for nurses working the primary health/general practice environment.

Target: Practice Nurses

CPD: 12 hours of APNA endorsed CPD

Cost: APNA member $320, Non-member $420

Enquiries: For further information please contact admin@apna.asn.au or 03 9669 7400

Registration: To register, please visit: www.apna.asn.au

Orthopaedic MasterClass – Knee & Foot/Ankle

Provider: Mater Hospital


Workshop 1 – Knee (Saturday 29 July)
Workshop 2 – Foot & Ankle (Saturday 5 August)

GPs must attend both workshops

Venue: Poche Centre, 40 Rocklands Road, (opposite Mater Hospital), North Sydney


Two half day interactive programs (1pm – 5pm).
Differential diagnosis, current treatment and management
decisions in General Practice.
Small group work provides the opportunity for hands on actual patient examination as well as case study analysis.

Target: GPs

Enquiries and Registration: Please contact Rosemary at rosemary.jandura@svha.org.au
or 02 9900 7475

lmproving Mental Health and Wellbeing of People with Intellectual Disability: A Research to Action Day for Professionals and Carers

Provider: The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at UNSW

Date: 25 July 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4.15pm (Registration from 9am)


3DN at UNSW is launching new must-have practical tools and resources designed to enhance the skills of professionals and carers who support people with an intellectual disability.
Join us for a day of interactive workshop activities, connect with other professionals and carers and see how these new tools can help you in your role!

Target: Health and mental health professionals, allied health professionals, disability professionals, family and carers, advocates, and carer organisations with an interest in intellectual disability.

Cost: Free

Enquiries: For any further information, please contact dddn@unsw.edu.au for more details.

Registration: To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/research-to-action-day-for-professionals-and-carers-tickets-33107708046

AAMP Online Learning Centre

This resource has been developed with the support of a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health.

The eLearning modules provide a basic overview of the skills and areas of knowledge required successfully to manage a Healthcare Practice.

CLICK HERE to access.

The Advance Project


PROVIDER: The Advance Project is in conjunction with Hammond Care, Care Search, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, UTS, The University of Wollongong, Austin Health Ongoing

DATE: Ongoing


Advance is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to work with general practitioners (GPs) to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice.

The Advance Toolkit consists of six screening and assessment tools and a Guide, which indicates how to implement the screening tools in a systematic way in general practice. The toolkit was informed by a literature review of the best available evidence about tools to support palliative care and ACP in general practice, as well as input from our expert advisory group and feedback from general practice nurses, general practitioners and Carers Australia.

Advance aims to enable better care outcomes in Australian GP practices through:

  • enabling earlier consideration and uptake of ACP
  • enabling more efficient use of GP and nurse time in providing palliative and supportive care
  • enabling more appropriate and timely referrals to specialist palliative care services if required
  • increasing confidence and comfort levels for general practice nurses (GPNs) in initiating conversations with patients and their carers about screening for supportive care needs and ACP

What are the benefits of Advance for general practice?
The Advance training package will help general practice nurse(s) to work with GPs to initiate ACP and, where appropriate, palliative care for elderly and/or chronically ill patients within the practice.

This will:

  • Help break down some of the barriers to ACP in general practice
  • Enable the practice to more efficiently:
    • identify patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
    • assess and address the supportive care needs of patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
    • assess and address the needs of carers of patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
  • Help identify patients who might benefit from early referral to specialist palliative care services.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information please contact the Advance project team at AdvanceProject@hammond.com.au

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4087/Default.aspx

Diploma in Child Health for Primary Health Networks


PROVIDER: Co­awarded by the the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and the University of Sydney.


Treating children and young people is a privilege. It requires a solid foundation of knowledge and perpetual learning to ensure that the latest evidence is applied in daily practice to ensure the best health outcomes.

The Diploma in Child Health (DCH) provides this in a one year, annually updated course that reaches out to share expertise from The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

DCH is a readily accessible comprehensive overview of paediatrics from neonates to adolescents. It provides the opportunity to refresh and expand paediatric knowledge through connecting with experienced clinicians in each field. Feedback from Participants and Alumni reinforces the enormous benefits of DCH in their day to day practice.

Becoming part of the DCH Alumni extends the benefits of DCH through life long free access to this clinically relevant and readily applicable course. New search functionality will enable DCH to be used for clinical decision support with availability on any device with internet connectivity.

CLICK HERE to for more information or to enrol.

Evidence Based Relaxation Therapy: Physiological & Psychological Benefits


Learn Relaxation techniques to enhance patients’ health and gain CPD points.

Family Planning NSW – New National Cervical Cancer Screening Updates for Clinicians


PROVIDER: Family Planning NSW

DATE: Ongoing

VENUE: Various


  1. The National Cervical Cancer Screening Program will change from 1 May 2017. Doctors, nurses and midwives will need to ensure they are up to date on all the changes and Family Planning NSW is offering a range of educational updates. The New National Cervical Cancer Program one-hour session is designed for doctors, nurses and midwives to provide an update on the changes to the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program which will come into place from 1 May 2017. The session will include a presentation on the new Guidelines for the Management of Screen-Detected Abnormalities in Specific Populations and Investigation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding, a brief demonstration on the new cervical screening test incorporating HPV DNA and liquid based cytology sampling techniques, orientation to the updates resources and an interactive Q&A session. The session can be delivered as a face to face session or as a webinar to ensure all clinicians in NSW have access to the sessions, no matter where they are located.
  2. Cervical Cancer Screening Case Discussion sessions are designed for doctors, nurses and midwives to work through case-based scenarios with a focus on practical topic areas including under and never-screened women, young women and women with abnormal vaginal bleeding, transition of women from the current program into the new program, interpretation and communication of results as well as referral and follow-up for screen-detected abnormalities. Doctors and nurses will have a chance to submit case studies to be discussed as part of this session. This session can be delivered as a 30 minute face to face session or as a webinar to ensure all clinicians in NSW have access to the sessions, no matter where they are located.
  3. Updated GP Upskilling and Well Women’s Screening Courses – launching in July 2017, the updated cervical cancer screening courses are for doctors and nurses who wish to develop their skills and confidence in cervical screening. These sessions will include theory on cervical screening, simulation of cervical screening and a practical component with a practice patient enabling each participant to refine their skills in performing cervical screening including a speculum examination.

All courses will be accredited CPD with RACGP and ACCRM.

REGISTRATION: To register please contact Family Planning NSW Education Services at education@fpnsw.org.au

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on any of the Cervical Cancer Renewal Updates, please contact Family Planning NSW Education Services at education@fpnsw.org.au 

HETI – Mental Health Higher Education and Training in Psychiatric Medicine


PROVIDER: Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

DATE: Ongoing


The NSW Institute Of Psychiatry has redesigned its former mental health higher education programs into two new contemporary higher education frameworks, commencing in February 2017. The frameworks of Psychiatric Medicine and Applied Mental Health Studies are cutting edge and will enable mental health practitioner students to study in inter-professional courses, with grounded application to their varied areas of mental health practice.

The Psychiatric Medicine Framework provides an innovative approach to general practitioner mental health education as this course has been developed to provide learning pathways for medical practitioners in their respective fields.

The Psychiatric Medicine Framework facilitates inter-professional collaboration and offers students the opportunity to study alongside and learn from other medical specialists. This includes:

  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatry Trainees
  • Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists

While the Psychiatric Medicine course is designed to meet the Stage 1 and 2 course requirements of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College Psychiatrists (RANZCP) for psychiatry trainees, all teaching and learning assessments are focused on application to respective medical practice. The developed therapeutic electives will ensure that the learning needs of General Practitioners and Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists are similarly met. The learning pathways for General Practitioners and for Rural and Remote Medicine Specialists have been designed in consultation with the Royal Australian College General Practitioners (RANZCP) and with the Australian College Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and with reference to their curricula.

There are scholarships available for NSW based general practitioners to support their study in Psychiatric Medicine. Information on these opportunities are found here.

HETI has recently been registered as a higher education provider by the national regulatory body that oversights higher education, the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA). This achievement was made possible by the transition of NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) to become a Mental Health Portfolio of HETI. This transition is expected to be completed by 1 January 2017. It is a first in Australia for a state health entity to be registered and has some significant opportunities for developing learning pathways for the health workforce.

REGISTRATION: Visit Psychiatric Medicine FrameworkApplied Mental Health Studies, or contact either Dr Rod McKay at Rod.mckay@health.nsw.gov.au or Dr Amanda Rosso Buckton at Amanda.rossobuckton@health.nsw.gov.au

ENQUIRIES: Should further detail on the courses be needed, please contact:

Blue Knot Foundation


The Blue Knot Foundation provides professional development training around trauma.

Training topics include: Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services; Integrating trauma-informed practice when working with clients affected by AOD; Supporting Practice with Complex Trauma Clients; and Recognising and responding to vicarious trauma.

CLICK HERE for a list of workshops in 2017.

Cremorne GP Group


DATE: The first group for 2017 is meeting on 28 February at 6pm. The GP support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 6pm.

VENUE: Northside Cremorne


GPs see many challenging complex cases, and can sometimes be unsupported in managing this. We recognise that part of looking after our patients means also looking after ourselves and developing skills to manage these “heart sink”, complex and challenging situations.

We also recognise there are few support groups specifically for this purpose in NSW.

GPs bring complex and challenging cases to discuss during the meetings, covering situations such as:

  • “heart sink” patients
  • substance issues
  • personality issues
  • anxiety, depression, psychosis
  • complex psycho-social situations
  • safety

The focus is not solely on the complexity of the case, but also explores the impact that managing these issues has on practitioners.

FACILITATOR: Psychiatrist Dr Joe Dunn, who provides valued specialist input.

TARGET AUDIENCE: GPs, including GP registrars.

CPD: CPD points for small group learning are available.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact May at maysu@michaeltam.com

2017 GP Education – North Shore Private Hospital

PROVIDER: North Shore Private Hospital

DATE: Various Dates – 6.30pm – 9.00pm

VENUE: North Shore Private Hospital – Westbourne Street, St Leonards 2065


This series of GP education sessions will be covering a range of topics and specialties to meet your learning needs, featuring specialists from North Shore Private, Castlecrag and Hunters Hill Private Hospitals.

Topics include:

  • 9 March – Obstetrics: Cervical screening, perinatal diagnosis, high risk pregnancies, gestational diabetes and ADIPs criteria
  • 4 April – Neurology: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • 4 May – Respiratory medicine and paediatric sleep studies: Adult and paediatric sleep studies
  • 16 May – Plastics: Ulcer management
  • 17 June (full day) – Orthopaedic Active Learning Module: Category 1 event

Other dates in this series will include:
27 July – 10 August – 12 September – 26 September – 17 October

Click here for event flyer.

ENQUIRIES: For more information please email Wendy Bierer, BiererW@ramsayhealth.com.au or call on 0419 201 105.

REGISTRATION: To register please email Wendy Bierer, BiererW@ramsayhealth.com.au or call on 0419 201 105.

Orthogeriatrics: A multidisciplinary approach


PROVIDER: St Vincents Hospital

DATE: Two dates for 2017 – 19 April or 17 October

TIME: 8.30am – 4.00pm

VENUE: St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst


A study day that aims to provide participants with the advanced theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialised care to complex, orthgeriatirc patients, within a multidisplinary environment.

COST: $121 (incl. GST)

TARGET AUDIENCE: Nurses and allied health professionals

ENQUIRIES: Peter Jones, svhs.acusvhclinicalschool@svha.org.au

REGISTRATION: Click here to register

Communicable Diseases Control Conference 2017

JUNE 2017

PROVIDER: Public Health Association of Australia (co-convened with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and the Public Health Laboratory Network)

DATE: 26- 28 June 2017

VENUE: Pullman Albert Park Melbourne


In 2017 the Conference theme will be ‘Infectious Diseases: a global challenge’, the theme will allow consideration of the threats to health security from old and new infectious agents, and the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance. In particular, the conference will examine how the interconnected world facilitates spread of infection.

The conference theme will allow attendees to take stock of international attempts to control and eliminate infectious diseases, and the potential role that Australia and other countries in the region play in this endeavour.

This conference will showcase high-quality research and experience from international and Australian experts, on various aspects of the challenges and successes in global communicable disease control.

The conference will include a focus on communicable disease control in Indigenous populations and other priority groups.

REGISTRATION: Early bird registration from January 2017

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit https://phaa.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/cdc-conference-2017/event-info-site

The Emergency Medicine Research Short Course


PROVIDER: School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and The Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre

DATES: The course commences Monday 24 July 2017. The subjects incorporates both online learning and four face-to-face compulsory block days.

  • Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 August 2017
  • Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 October 2017

VENUE: Online learning and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, The Alfred Centre, Melbourne


This course is equivalent to two postgraduate units. It provides students with a thorough understanding of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Research Methods (RM) in the emergency medicine setting. EBM aims to equip students with the necessary skills to identify and incorporate the best available research evidence to their clinical training and clinical practice. RM enables students to acquire the necessary practical skills to design and conduct a research project.


Research Methods

  • Introduction to research methods used in observational studies
  • Practical skills required in the design and assessment of a research project
  • Protocol design, including study type selection, introduction to questionnaire design, sampling methods, and ethics approval
  • Planning data management and statistical analysis and developing a study budget
  • Introduction to the role of qualitative research

Evidence Based Medicine

  • Appropriately formulate answerable clinical questions
  • Scientific literature search
  • Critical appraisal of scientific literature and evidence based guidelines
  • Application of research to clinical practice
  • Barriers to changing practice


  • Advanced trainees in Emergency Medicine
  • Clinicians with an interest in Emergency Medicine Research
  • Successful completion satisfies regulation 4.10 requirements of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

COST: Fees apply and payment options and plans are available

ENQUIRIES: Jess Callaghan – email med-emergency.education@monash.edu or phone 03 9903 0305.

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/creps/seminars.html

REGISTRATION: Registrations for semester 2 2017 are now open. To register visit http://ecommerce.med.monash.edu.au/product.asp?pID=728&cID=1&_ga=1.121622602.371017994.1488411804&c=24743

Allergy Workshop for Nurses


PROVIDER: NSW Anaphylaxis Education Program and the Allergy and Immunology Department at Westmead

DATE: 2 August 2017

VENUE: The Children’s Hospital, Westmead


  • Infant feeding guidelines
  • Primary allergy prevention
  • Asthma management
  • Immunisation reactions
  • Eczema
  • Food allergy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Anaphylaxis Management

TARGET AUDIENCE: Child and Family Health Nurses, Practice Nurses and Midwives

REGISTRATION: Register your interest at SCHN-anaphylaxis@health.nsw.gov.au to receive more information and a registration form closer to the date.

Healthcare Leaders Forum


DATE: 22 & 23 August 2017

VENUE: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street Sydney


The Healthcare Leaders Forum is a prestigious annual event crafted exclusively for – and presented by – senior executives from Australia’s healthcare industry.

  • Hear the latest thinking on what the market conditions will be for healthcare
  • Acquire actionable insights for your healthcare organisation in a changing, consumer-led world
  • Gain exposure to new strategic concepts, companies and thought leaders from across the healthcare industry
  • Engage with powerful ideas, people and perspectives in one place at one time
  • Discuss forward-thinking trends, case studies and healthcare imperatives
  • Network in the ideal executive environment where CEOs talk to CEOs
  • Determine what is next for healthcare in Australia


Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr John Lambert, Chief Clinical Information Officer of eHealth NSW
  • Dr Richard Ashby AM, Chief Executive of Metro South Hospital and Health Service
  • Dr Rachel David, Chief Executive Officer for Private Healthcare Australia
  • The Hon Bronwyn Pike, Chair for Western Health
  • Paddy Phillips, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Public Health Officer for SA Health
  • Dr Sue Matthews, Chief Executive Officer for Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Cathy Ford, Chief Digital Officer for eHealth Queensland.

REGISTRATION: Register online here or call 02 8004 8590.

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit http://healthcareleaders.com.au/

12th Annual Allied Health Conference


PROVIDER: Supported by NSW Health, HETI, S.A.R.R.A.H, Hesta, Health Sciences Australia, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, AHPA and Allied Health Australia

DATE: 26-29 August, 2017

VENUE: Sydney International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour


Allied Health professionals from every service setting – private sector, public health, non-government organisations and government agencies – will consider solutions to the challenges posed by major health reforms such as the NDIS, the management of chronic diseases, and the interface between acute and primary care.

The conference will explore the theme Allied Health: Stronger Together and will highlight the place of Allied Health in the health continuum through a number of subthemes including Responsive Services, Reliable Systems and Resilient Workforce.

  • Hear from a range of eminent speakers exploring current and emerging issues shaping the future for Allied Health.
  • Attend pre- and post-conference workshops.
  • An exciting opportunity to network with an extensive range of key decision-makers and practitioners.
  • Learn about the industry’s products and services from our impressive range of exhibitors.

Support is requested for submission of abstracts and staff attendance to show case the excellent work occurring across NSW Health to support allied health professional practice and service delivery. Abstracts can be submitted via the conference website, with submissions closing 17 March 2017.


  • 2 day early bird – $650
  • 2 day – $750
  • 1 day – $400
  • 2 day student – $600
  • 1 day student – $350

MORE INFORMATION: Click here for event flyer.

ENQUIRIES: For more information visit https://secure.hotelnetwork.com.au/12thnationalalliedhealthconference/home

REGISTRATION: To register visit http://secure.hotelnetwork.com.au/12thnationalalliedhealthconference/mailinglist

Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2017


PROVIDER: Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW) in conjunction with the Australasian Doctors’ Health Network.

DATE: 14 – 16 September 2017

VENUE: Luna Park Sydney
Milsons Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2061

TARGET AUDIENCE: Doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, dentists, veterinarians and allied health workers in the medical industry.


You are invited to attend the Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2017, hosted by the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW) in conjunction with the Australasian Doctors’ Health Network.

The three day exciting and informative program features keynote addresses by our International speaker Dr Julie Chilton. Concurrent sessions will be scheduled and both invited presentations and free papers will be delivered during the event as well as other interactive workshops.

Call for abstracts open in December 2016 and registrations open on 1 March 2016.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit the conference website: http://adhc2017.org.au/ or contact the Conference Managers via email adhc2017@arinex.com.au or phone +61 2 9265 0700.

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