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External Events

External Events

Navigating genomic testing in primary care: A new e-learning module


Available until 31 December 2019


At least one in ten patients visiting their GP is estimated to have a condition with a genetic component, and approximately 60% of people will be affected by a condition with a genetic component during their lifetime.

This module seeks to educate GPs and others working in the primary care space about how genomic testing can improve patient outcomes, the appropriate referral pathways, and issues surrounding family, privacy and insurance.

By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the relevance and applications of genomic testing in primary care, and the role of the GP.
  • Explain the uses and limitations of genomic testing, and the ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic testing.
  • Understand genomic reports and related correspondence in order to provide patients with the information they need.
  • Identify resources for patients undergoing genomic testing and patients with genetic conditions.


Register here.

Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health – ONLINE ALM

March 2017 – December 2019


AVAILABLE: Thursday 30 Mar 2017 12:00am – Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am


The Mental Health Skills Training with a focus on youth mental health active learning module (ALM) provides general practitioners (GPs) with the skills to recognise and assess mental illnesses and to prepare evidence-based GP mental health treatment plans.

In recognition of these increased skills, GPs who have completed mental health skills training (MHST) gain access to additional MBS items, 2715 and 2717.

The MHST modular pathway and this ALM consist of two modules:

A Mental Health Core Module, which provides an overview of the Australian mental healthcare system, aetiology of the common mental illnesses seen in general practice and how to complete mental health treatment plans.

A Mental Health Clinical Enhancement Module which provides participants with the opportunity increase their skills in detecting and managing mental illness in young people.


  • Outline the features that allow the detection of common, disabling and treatable mental illnesses in general practice;
  • Undertake mental health assessments using the appropriate psychometric instruments validated for young people;
  • Demonstrate preparation of evidence-based GP mental health treatment plans in partnership with patients and their carers;
  • Describe the evidence based treatment recommendations for anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and psychosis in young people; and
  • Identify practice systems and other issues that safeguard patient safety in providing mental healthcare.


This activity has approval by the RACGP for 40 Category 1 points for the 2017-19 triennium: Activity number 94398.

You will be sent a predisposing activity prior to the course which will need to be completed and returned before the program commences. Instructions for returning the activity will be included on the activity. Upon completion of the course you will be asked to complete a reinforcing/follow-up activity.

To qualify for 40 Category 1 points with the RACGP, participants must complete the predisposing and reinforcing activities and the feedback form.


Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation sponsored the Clinical Enhancement Module component.


8.5 Hours online training – http://gplearning.racgp.org.au


Please contact the gplearning Helpdesk on 1800 284 789 or email gplearning@racgp.org.au.

Australian College of Nursing CPD Courses for 2019


Australian College of Nursing CPD courses for 2019

NSW Region Courses

NSW Metro Courses

All CPD Courses Calender

GP Support Group


Small Group Learning

Would you like some help with your more difficult patients? At this support group GPs present cases and invite open and honest discussion. The aim is to help understand your patients and understand your own reactions to them.

This group is modelled on the Peer Review Groups that are now a mandatory part of continuing professional development for all psychiatrists.

The RACGP has accepted this project as a Small Group Learning exercise. Participants are eligible for 40 Category 1 CPD points (self-managed) if they attend a planning meeting, a review meeting and six meetings in between.

Venue: Northside Group Cremorne Clinic Consulting Suites, 1 Harrison St Cremorne, NSW 2090

Date: Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month

Time: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Enquiries and RSVP: gpsupgrp@gmail.com.

Health Management Courses

Take your career to new heights. Choose a QUT short course for specialised knowledge that is comprehensive and relevant to the real world, now and in the future.

Health Management Courses

Leadership in Health Management
Health Care Law and Ethics
Health Planning and Evaluation
Leadership of Quality and Safety

Disaster Response and Recovery
Leadership in Disaster Management

Online registrations now open!

Sydney Professional Certificates: postgraduate study for clinicians and health professionals

PROVIDER: University of Sydney Professional Certificates for Clinicians and Healthcare Professionals

DATE: 2020


The Medicine and Health Faculty at the University of Sydney has launched a new suite of Professional Certificates (short professional development courses) for mid to senior clinicians and health professionals.

Explore your interests or pursue a sub-speciality – stay abreast of the latest evidence and technology in specialised fields within medicine and public health.

Click here for more information.

Applications for 2020 will open in September 2019.

EOI: 2020 Practice Owners National Conference Advisory Group

The RACGP is currently accepting expressions of interest from GPs interested in being involved as a member of the advisory group for the 2020 Practice Owners National Conference.

The advisory group will provide advice and guidance to the RACGP regarding the development of the program for this annual conference. The conference is aimed at all who aspire to, or currently own, a general practice clinic.

View the advisory group guidelines here.

The expression of interest form will ask a series of questions to gauge your current practice status. The information you provide will help us ensure that the advisory group consists of members from all stages of practice ownership so the development of an inclusive and relevant program is possible.

Expressions of interest are being accepted until 11.59 pm on Sunday 25 August 2019.

Submit your expression of interest here.

Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)

PROVIDER: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine

DATE:  16-17th November 2019

VENUE: Novotel Sydney, Darling Harbour, NSW


This two-day emergency medicine course covers many of the common emergencies in rural practice that are relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment.

The Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) program is conducted by trained emergency medicine instructors experienced in rural general practice.

Participants will receive 10 ALS and 30 PRPD points, with ACRRM members receiving a discount to attend.


Register for REST on the ACRRM website.


Black Dog Institute: Perinatal in Practice

November 2019

PROVIDER: Black Dog Institute

DATE: Saturday 16 November, 9:00am – 5:00pm

VENUE: Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Randwick NSW 2031.

COST: $360


The perinatal period is a time of heightened risk for a variety of mental health conditions. Despite the portrayal of early parenthood as a time of unmitigated joy and fulfilment, many new parents experience a different reality.

Our updated Perinatal in Practice program aiming to answer many clinical questions including:

  • Is this a normal transition to parenthood or clinical depression?
  • Can antidepressants be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding?
  • What psychological strategies are useful in treating perinatal depression?


GPs, Psychologists, Midwives, Nurses, Social Workers and other Allied Health Professionals.


  • 40 RACGP QI&CPD Cat 1(MHST)
  • Mental Health CPD (GPMHSC)
  • 6 hours CPD (Psychologists)
  • Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Activity


Download a program summary, register online or email education@blackdog.org.au.

Black Dog Institute: Depression Dilemmas

November 2019

PROVIDER: Black Dog Institute

DATE: Sunday 17 November, 9:00am – 5:00pm

VENUE: Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Randwick NSW 2031.

COST: $360


Despite improved awareness and education, there are still some presentations of depression that are highly challenging for clinicians to manage in the primary care setting. Depression Dilemmas is a new interactive workshop that tackles areas of treating mood disorders that clinicians can find particularly demanding. Using case studies as the platform for learning, the program explores strategies to tackle depression in the context of alcohol use disorder, late life depression and depression that is failing to remit despite seemingly adequate treatment. Open to both general practitioners and psychologists, this advanced workshop also provides an opportunity for the two professions to interact, share each other’s perspective and problem solve together.

Topics Covered:

  • Depression & Alcohol
  • Late life depression
  • Difficult to treat depression


GPs, GP Registrars, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals.


  • 40 RACGP QI&CPD Category 1 Points
  • Mental Health Skills Training (GPMHSC)
  • 6 CPD Hours (psychologists)
  • 6 OPD Hours (counsellors)
  • AASW Endorsed Activity


Download a program summary, register online or email education@blackdog.org.au.

Promoting Participation in the National Cervical Screening Program to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Women

The Benchmarque Group is proud to be delivering the new program – Promoting Participation in the National Cervical Screening Program to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Women, as part of funding provided by the Australian Department of Health. 

Cervical Screening Program

Date: 18 November 2019
Time: 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
30 Parke Street
Katoomba, NSW 2780

Cost: FREE to attend

The training will be delivered through a half-day face to face workshop, followed by an online assessment through the Benchmark Group’s online training portal, BenchmarqueIQ.

This training is intended to further support healthcare providers to effectively promote the importance and benefits of cervical screening to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women and help them to understand the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program, which came into effect on 1 December 2017.

Topics covered in this training include:

  • What is Cervical Screening?
  • Overview of the National Cervical Screening Program including the new Cervical Screening Test (what are the changes and why)
  • Cervical Screening Test results – the follow-up and management
  • Deliver and address the client’s needs, specifically related to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
  • Promoting cervical screening and the importance of screening

Please note, this program is for women only attendees. This is not a clinical program and does not provide competency for the Cervical Screening Test.

Places are limited and can fill up fast, CLICK HERE to enrol or visit www.benchmarquegroup.com.au for more information.

Improving Child and Adolescent Health Forum

DATE: Tuesday 19 November 2019

TIME: 8 am – 4:30 pm

VENUE: Wallace Freeborn Level 5, Kolling Building, RNSH.


Northern Sydney Local Health District is proud to hold their first Child & Adolescent Health Forum showing quality initiatives and research in this field. There will be presentations from nursing and medical staff from acute, community and emergency care.

Topics include:

  • The First 2000 Days of life
  • SAFE-ED (Child Protection Project)
  • Coping with Self Harm: A Group Model
  • Leading Better Value Care (Bronchiolitis)
  • Learn The Signs Act Early
  • Childhood Obesity – Hornsby Healthy Kids
  • Paediatric Concussion in Emergency
  • Evaluation of Paediatric Training For APAC
  • Paediatric Telehealth
  • Youth Health – HEEADSS Pilot Project
  • Child & Family Health Nursing Workforce

For more information contact Catherine Jones, Service Development Manager, Child, Youth & Family Clinical Network, RNSH. Ph. 0491 216 663 or 02 9463 2992, or email Catherine.Jones3@health.nsw.gov.au.

Enrolments open 6 months prior via My Health Learning. Non-LHD participants can contact NSLHD-CETD (contactus@health.nsw.gov.au) for enrolment information.

Boarder to Bay Eduventure: A toolkit for self-care and thriving in your practice

PROVIDER: Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)

DATE: 22-24th November 2019

VENUE: Mantra on Salt Beach, Gunnamatta Avenue, Kingscliff NSW 2487


A healthy focus on self-care is an essential component of good, enjoyable and sustainable clinical practice.

Led by Dr Caroline West (GP) and A/Prof John Stevens (RN), the immersive Border to Bay Eduventure will explore the Lifestyle Medicine needed to ensure you are best equipped to care for others. Take part in this interactive and informative workshop series to gain new tools for sustainable self-care, all while taking in the stunning sights of eastern Australia.

Specifically, participation in this program will equip you with new ways of thinking, behaving and responding to the demands of a busy life, strategies for sustainable self-care, tools to maintain an effective support network, and much more! Participants will walk approximately 65kms over three relaxing days, from the New South Wales border to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.


Members of the RACGP will receive 40 Category 1 points.


Event link here

St George Hospital Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Conference 2019


23rd – 24th November 2019

VENUE: St George Hospital Research and Education Centre, NSAW


The 4th Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Conference at St George Public Hospital is being held in Sydney on 23rd and 24th November, 2019.

Four excellent, internationally Surgical oncologist renowned speakers will be leading the event. These professionals have all all contributed to major advances in knowledge surrounding Cytoreductive Surgery(Peritonectomy ) , Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and, more recently, PIPAC (Pressurised IntraPeritoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy) in Peritoneal Surface malignancy  esp from Colorectal, Appendix cancer, Gastric cancer, Ovarian cancer, Mesothelioma and other rare peritoneal surface malignancy.  

There will be presentations and discussion on different recent hot topics like the PRODIGE 7 result, Prophylactic HIPEC and second look in T4 colorectal cancer Dutch RCT result , Systemic chemotherapy  in Peritoneal surface malignancy from colorectal cancer and quality of life post Peritonectomy and HIPEC.

 16 CPD Hours will be granted for the attendance. Please visit the following link for more information about the event:


Register here.

Health Coaching and Behaviour Change in Clinical Practice

PROVIDER: Discovery Health Coaching

DATE:  Saturday 23rd November


10:00am – 5:00pm

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel


    • Introduction to coaching health behaviour change
    • Evidence for a coaching approach in primary care
    • A brief overview of key theories, models, techniques,
      approach, mindset
    • Strategies for assessing and increasing motivation
    • Methods for tailoring communication
    • Supporting clients to set goals and take action
    • Example coaching consultation structure
    • Group exercises, case studies, and demonstrations
    • Provision of client handouts and resources
    • Certificate of attendance


    Shivaun Conn 

    Shivaun is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Health Coach, Director of Discovery Health Coaching and Vice President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Shivaun has worked for over 16 years as a dietitian, health coach and presenter. She currently coaches individuals in nutrition and lifestyle, trains practitioners in health behaviour change, and develops health change programs across a range of sectors.


    Early Bird: $240 (ends Nov 7th)

    Regular: $320


    To register please click here

    Flyer here



    Behaviour Change Agent

    PROVIDER: Wellcoaches

    DATE: Saturday 23rd November


    9am – 4.30pm

    Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea provided.


    Lifestyle Medicine Centre – Suite 3, Level 1, Mingara Health Building.

    7 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261


    $440 including GST


      Wellcoaches® Australia in partnership with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is proud to present Behaviour Change Agent – a one day intensive program which supports health professionals in achieving more effective communication and enhanced client outcomes. Learn the basis of health coaching skills which are used to assist clients to develop a vision for their own health and set reachable goals for behaviour change. This one day evidence based program is interactive with skills practice opportunities.


      • Provider/client partnership
      • Appreciative inquiry and motivational interviewing
      • Empathy, open inquiry, reflections and mindful presence
      • Uncovering a client’s “Why?”
      • Positivity, self- efficacy and confidence for change


      Simon Matthews

      CEO Wellcoaches Australia | Registered Psychologist

      RSVP: Registration Link here. 

      Find out more here.

      Descending the analgesic ladder: the how, when and why of opioid tapering for chronic pain

      PMRI is running a one-day symposium featuring 13 national and international experts on the role of opioids in chronic pain management

      Current guidelines recommend de-prescribing opioids for patients with chronic pain, however de-prescribing opioids in this population is challenging and a source of confusion for clinicians and patients alike. This symposium brings together local and international experts to address the complex challenges of de-prescribing opioid medications.

      Early bird AUD$295*(until Sept 30)
      Regular AUD$375*
      Registration includes coffee, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and a social hour with drinks and canapes.
      *both incl. GST

      Speakers include:
      Professor Beth Darnall, Stanford University, USA
      Assoc/Prof Joseph Frank, University of Colorado, Denver and VA Eastern Colorado Health System, USA
      Professor Paul Glare, Director, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney
      Professor Michael Nicholas, Director, Pain Education and Pain Management Programs, The University of Sydney
      Dr Simon Holliday, GP and Addiction Medicine Physician, Rural and regional NSW (Taree)
      Dr Chris Hayes, Director, Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Hunter New England Health
      Dr Claire Ashton-James, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney

      Learn how to:

      • Communicate the risks of opioid use for chronic pain and the benefits of tapering
      • Assess patients’ appropriateness for opioid tapering and pain self-management
      • Explain pain self-management to patients
      • Develop a safe, patient-centred schedule for opioid tapering
      • Individualised support for patients attempting opioid tapering
      • Diagnose OUD

      Further information
      For further information contact paineducation.admin@sydney.edu.au

      Flyer here

      Hepatitis C New Treatments Course


      DATE:  Saturday 30th November 2019

      VENUE: Mecure Sydney, 818-820 George Street, Sydney, 2000


      Join us for this free workshop to support your role in curing hepatitis C. This comprehensive course is designed to strengthen the capacity of clinical staff working in primary care settings to effectively diagnose, assess, manage and treat hepatitis C.


      Free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


      Register here. 

      Flyer here.