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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

University of New England – Practice Management Short Courses

Practice Management Short Courses

Fully Funded* Short Courses Now Available for Your Medical Practice.
To leverage this unique opportunity with Smart & Skilled NSW, UNE Partnerships has created nine short courses that will take your practice capability to new heights. Funding applications are limited so choose your short course and contact us today.

Who should do this training?
You must currently be working in a medical practice.

Students will have up to six months from the commencement date to complete course requirements.

Fee: UNE Partnerships is applying for funding under the NSW Smart and Skilled Program – *there will be no course fees if the application is accepted.

Delivery mode: Online/distance learning.

For more information or to enrol: call 1800 066 128 or visit www.practicemanagement.edu.au/short-courses

Please note: Practices can nominate multiple candidates, but individuals can only enrol in one course at a time.

*Fee: UNE Partnerships is applying for funding under the NSW Smart and Skilled Program – there will be no course fees if the application is accepted. 

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:

Managing Chronic Hepatitis B



DATE: Wednesday, 7 February 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM – 9:15 PM (Registration at 6:15 PM, dinner served at 6:30 PM)

VENUE: Hotel Urban St Leonard, 194 Pacific Highway, Greenwich, NSW 2065


Liver cancer, a large proportion of which is attributable to chronic hepatitis B, is the fastest increasing cause of cancer death in Australia. In Northern Sydney PHN, over 10,000 people are living with CHB, and only 26% of them are engaged in care. Primary care professionals can play a crucial role in reducing their patient’s risk of liver cancer through early diagnosis and management.

REGISTRATION: To register, please click here.

Learn to manage and treat hepatitis B – Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course

MARCH 2018


DATE: Saturday, 3 March 2018

TIME: 8:45am – 5:00pm (This course is FREE, lunch and refreshments will be provided)

VENUE: Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010


The course will be presented by local specialists and clinicians with expertise in hepatitis B. This course may be of particular interest to health care providers working with patients with barriers to access to specialist services, or those providing services to communities with higher HBV prevalence such as:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • People born in Asia & Pacific Islands, Sub-Saharan Africa & Middle East
  • People currently or previously in custodial

RSVP: Friday, 23 Feburary 2018

REGISTRATION: Please register at http://courses.ashm.org.au/events-list/

For further information, please contact May Wang: T 02 8204 0723 – E May.Wang@ashm.org.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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