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External Events

External Events

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

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 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

JULY 2017 – NOVEMBER 2017

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.

Accu-Chek Step Program

Provider: APNA


The Accu-Chek Step Program has been designed for Practice Nurses to support education on structured self-monitoring of blood glucose (sSMBG) methods and the benefits of sSMBG in people with type 2 diabetes.

This program will help you identify patients with sub-optimal control and educate them on both sSMBG and use of the Accu-Chek Guide Blood Glucose meter. This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.

CPD: Eligible participants can claim up to 5 CPD hours.

Registration: To enrol please visit the website.


The National Cervical Screening Program: Are you across the upcoming changes?



Sydney on Saturday, 23rd September 2017: Cancer Screening and Prevention Forum, funded by Cancer Institute NSW.  This event is free and funded by The Cancer Institute NSW.  For further information see the program, flyer and enrol.

Cairns on Saturday, 28th October 2017: Moving Ahead: The National Cervical Screening Program Renewal, funded by Queensland Health.  This event is free and funded by Queensland Health.  For further information see the program, flyer and enrol.

Attend in person, or participate by live stream from anywhere in Australia.  Register for half day or full day.  Places are limited and prior registration is essential

GI Cancer Update (for GPs)


PROVIDER: Sydney Adventist Hospital

DATE: Wednesday 18 October 2017


6.15 Registration & buffet dinner
7pm – 9pm Conference

VENUE: Tulloch Conference Room Level 2, Tulloch Building, Sydney Adventist Hospital, 185 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga 


  • Early detection & management of colorectal cancer Dr Walid Barto
  • Pancreatic Cancer: malignant & cystic lesions Dr Christos Apostolou
  • Understanding benign & malignant liver tumours Dr Sulman Ahmed

COST: Free

RSVP: Please RSVP by 16 October 2017


Online registration here
Phone: 9487 9871
Email: comrel@sah.org.au

DV-alert Awareness Session


PROVIDER: Lifeline

DATE: Thursday, 19th October

TIME: 1pm-3pm

VENUE: Lifeline Northern Beaches, 318 Sydney Rd, Balgowlah


Lifeline is committed to raising the awareness of domestic and family violence.
DV-alert awareness sessions are two-hour interactive presentation where individuals and groups can talk about the issue of domestic violence and what they can do to help make a difference.

ENQUIRIES: Liz Whyte, Lifeline Northern Beaches, 9949 5522 or training@lifelinenb.org.au

REGISTRATION: Booking link: http://www.dvalert.org.au/what-we-offer/workshop-schedule/nsw


Rural Medicine Australia 2017



DATE: 19-21 October 2017

VENUE: Melbourne


This year’s program promises an exciting line up of workshops, events, and presentations focusing on relevant, innovative, and stimulating topics that will guarantee thought-provoking discussions, different skills, new knowledge, and inspiration for all health workers who attend.

Across the three day conference key note speakers and presenters will be addressing themes of research in policy and practice, sports medicine, and climate change and health, providing expert insight into new research and development within their areas of expertise.

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the website.


NADC Australasian Diabetes Advancements and Technologies Summit 2017 (ADATS)


PROVIDER: The National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC)

DATE: 20 October 2017

VENUE: Parkroyal, Darling Harbour, Sydney


The National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) is excited to announce we will be hosting the first-ever Australasian Diabetes Advancements and Technologies Summit (ADATS) next month.

The event is open to healthcare professionals involved in diabetes research and care. ADATS promises to be one of the most innovative conferences of the year in the diabetes ‘space’, with an exciting line-up of national and international speakers.

To find out all about the speakers and presentations we have in store please click HERE.

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.

Women’s Health GP Seminar


PROVIDER: Master Hospital

DATE: Saturday 21st October 2017

TIME: 8.30am – 4.30pm


The day will be structured around interactive case-based discussions and we also encourage GPs to submit their own cases for review.

ENQUIRIES: For additional information, please contact rosemary.jandura@svha.org.au or 02 9900 7475

REGISTRATION: To register, please contact rosemary.jandura@svha.org.au or 02 9900 7475




PROVIDER: Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

DATE: Saturday, 21 October 2017

TIME: 8:15 am – 5:15 pm

VENUE: Lecture Theatre 1, Level 5, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037


Breathe Easy: Management of Respiratory Disorders for Healthcare Professionals

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Glebe, Sydney is offering a FREE full day symposium. World renowned Woolcock researchers and clinical experts will cover the key recommendations for recognizing, diagnosing and managing patients with asthma and COPD.

An application will be submitted to the RACGP for this activity to be accredited for 14 Category 2 points, as part of the RACGP Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development Program in the 2017-19 Triennium. Activity number to be allocated.

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the website. Places are limited. Registration essential

Invitation to the Karitane GP’s Dinner as part of the “Trends and Challenges of the 21st Century Child”



DATE: October 23rd 2017

TIME: 6pm – 9pm

VENUE: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney


You are invited to join us for our exclusive GP’s Dinner as part of the “Trends and Challenges of the 21st Century Child” Conference.

We are bringing together the General Practice community for this exclusive event in the stunning surrounds of the International Convention Centre for a night of fabulous food, drinks and most importantly exciting insights about practice in the 21st century with presentations from key speakers Dr Vijay Roach and Dr Peter Hong.


REGISTRATION: To register please click here.

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit the website.

Moving Ahead: The National Cervical Screening Program Renewal


PROVIDER: The Cancer Screening Unit, Preventive Health Branch of Queensland Health, in collaboration with Iris Education

DATE: Saturday 28 October 2017, 8.30am to 4.00 pm

VENUE: Hilton Hotel, 34 Esplanade, CAIRNS


The National Cervical Screening Program Renewal
The morning sessions will provide a detailed review of the upcoming National Cervical Screening Program Renewal with unpacking of the rationale and evidence driving the changes, and consideration of issues and challenges in applying the changes in practice. The afternoon sessions will use interactive case studies to consider specific management issues with a facilitated panel discussion providing the opportunity to ask questions and assist participants to build knowledge and confidence to discuss the changes with their patients.

Areas covered include:

  • Understanding the role of HPV: Prevalence and patterns, natural history of infection, types and consequences, role of HPV vaccination, HPV vaccination coverage and future developments, talking to women about HPV
  • Unpacking the evidence: Australia and international – The big picture view of the rationale for the NCSP renewal
  • Applying the evidence: Clinical application – screening in primary care, sample collection, dealing with women’s concerns and questions, explaining the evidence, special groups and pathways, self-collection option, management issues in primary care

REGISTRATION: Through Iris Education at www.iriseducation.com.au/our-events.html. Register for full day, half day, attend in person or attend via live streaming

If you have further questions, please email brad.reuter@iriseducation.com.au.

Sydney North Older Persons Mental Health Network

November 2017

PROVIDER: The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN)

DATE: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

TIME: From 6:00 pm for a 6:15pm start (for 2 hours)


Training Room 1 & 2, Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN)
Level 1, Building B, 207 Pacific Highway
St Leonards NSW 2065


The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) with the support of the Sydney North PHN invites you to the next Sydney North Older Persons Mental Health Network meeting.

The purpose of the network is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary professional development, peer support, enhancing referral pathways, and gaining an understanding of how practitioners and services can work together to meet the mental health and related needs of the older population.


  • Dr Stephen Ginsborg – GP & Board Member at Sydney North PHN
  • Craig Parsons – Mental Health Commissioning Manager, Sydney North PHN
  • Sally Cornelius – PIR Development, Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB)

RSVP: Friday, 27 October 2017

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.

Special Seminar on Enhancing Primary Palliative Care


PROVIDER: HammondCare

DATE: Wednesday 8th November 2017

TIME: 4.30 – 6.00pm

VENUE: Clinical Training Centre, Pallister House, Greenwich Hospital


HammondCare is excited to welcome two special guest speakers followed by discussion. Both speakers are
advisory group members for HammondCare’s Advance Project “Initiating palliative care and advance
care planning: training and resources for General Practice Nurses” www.caresearch.com.au/advance


  • Dr Kirsty Boyd, University of Edinburgh and LHS Lothian
  • Professor Geoffrey Mitchell, University of Queensland

REGISTRATION: Email mvertoudakis@hammond.com.au – spaces are limited to 50 people, so please RSVP
to reserve your spot


EnableNSW Education Session available: Footwear & Orthoses


PROVIDER: NSW Government – EnableNSW

DATE: 14th November 2017

TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm

VENUE: EnableNSW Equipment Centre at Homebush


The sessions are suitable for people unfamiliar with EnableNSW or new to medical grade footwear prescription. Sessions are held at the EnableNSW Equipment Centre at Homebush, and facilitated by a Clinical Advisor, Podiatrist and Pedorthist. Participants will learn:

  • What to consider when prescribing medical grade footwear
  • The different specifications and features of prefabricated and customised footwear
  • Tips for assessment and the process when requesting footwear through EnableNSW.

REGISTRATION: Please email your booking / waiting list request to HSNSW-EAPVisits@health.nsw.gov.au

International Medical Graduate Workshop


PROVIDER: Dementia Training Australia

DATE: Tuesday 14th November 2017

TIME: 9.00am (registration) then 9:30am – 5.00pm program

VENUE: Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay & Storehouse on the Park, 100 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay, NSW


As a GP you are well aware of how time consuming your profession is, with more and more demands being made upon you. We also know how many more cases of dementia – be it late or early onset – are going to be presented on your doorstep in the future. This ALM provides you with the opportunity to gain insight into how you can be assisted with best practice identification and management of your patients.

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.


Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training (REOT)


PROVIDER: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine

DATE: 23 November 2017

VENUE: Coogee


Rural Obstetrics Emergency Training (REOT) is a one-day workshop designed to prepare non-obstetric practitioners with vital emergency obstetrics and instill the necessary skills and confidence required when dealing with third trimester emergencies.

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the website.

NSW RDN/RDA (NSW) Rural GPs Conference


PROVIDER: NSW Rural Doctors Network

DATE: 24-26 November 2017

TIME: 10am – 4:30pm

VENUE:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach


This year’s conference will focus on Emergency Medicine with the program covering many of the common emergencies in rural practice relevant to rural and remote doctors in the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment.

The conference is accredited with both RACGP (Category 2) and ACRRM, and will be submitted for approval for a one day grant in Emergency Medicine ($2,000 for eligible participants).

REGISTRATION: To register, please visit the website.

Cancer Pain Symposium 2017


PROVIDER: Sydney Vital, Translational Cancer Research Centre

DATE: 9th December

TIME: 8.30am – 4:00pm

VENUE: Level 5, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW 2065


This one-day meeting will give attendees the opportunity to hear national experts present an update on the multidimensional assessment and multidisciplinary management of pain in patients with cancer across the treatment trajectory, from diagnosis to survivorship to end-of-life.

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.

ENQUIRIES: For any further information, please contact SydneyVital.admin@sydney.edu.au


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DV-Alert training

APRIL 2018

PROVIDER: Lifeline

DATE: 12th & 13th April 2018

TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00pm

VENUE: Macquarie Hospital Ground 52 Wicks Street, Training room 3


Lifeline’s DV-alert* (Domestic and Family Violence Response Training) is a nationally recognised training program that enables frontline workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to confidently:

  • RECOGNISE signs of domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • RESPOND with appropriate care
  • REFER people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services

ENQUIRIES: For more information, please visit www.dvalert.org.au or contact reception@lifelinebrokenhill.org.au or 08 8087 7525.

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