In Practice: how patients can be part of advocacy efforts


The RACGP has published downloadable resources for clinics and patients as part of ongoing advocacy for better investments in general practice.

The family doctor delivers the documents to the patient

The college developed resources for patients to highlight the continuing lack of investment in general practice and rising healthcare costs.

This week’s recap also includes opening applications for the GP mentoring program, updated guidelines for clinical care and continuing professional development activities, and compliance updates.

Updated poster and patient information sheet
The RACGP has developed a poster for general practice waiting rooms and a fact sheet for patients highlighting the continuing lack of investment in general practice and rising healthcare costs.

The poster and fact sheet were recently updated with the latest Medicare and inflation figures and advise patients to ask their GP how they can write to their local MP.

The college has also developed a letter template that can be pre-filled by primary care physicians and given to patients to send to their local MP.

All resources can be downloaded and printed from the college’s Billing Resources web page.

Expressions of interest in the Mentoring Program of the RACGP
The college mentoring program provides early career GPs with an experienced medical mentor to provide professional and personal guidance on how to handle challenges that may arise in general practice.

The program is looking for experienced general practitioners who are passionate about their profession and interested in supporting primary care physicians early in their careers as well as early career primary care physicians who would benefit from the support of a medical mentor.

Applications to join the program will open in October. More information is available on the RACGP website.

Targeted psychological strategies Compliance with continuing professional development
Registered Providers of Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) are required to complete an accredited CPD FPS course within each triennium, in order to maintain their FPS status and continue to use relevant FPS item numbers.

FPS providers who have not completed FPS CPD this triennium are advised to visit the RACGP MyCPD dashboard to view available courses. Any questions can be addressed to the GPMHSC secretariat.

New My Health Record access and security policy model and e-Learning module
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), has developed a security and access policy template to help healthcare professionals comply with their obligations under Rule 42 of the My Health Records Rule 2016.

Rule 42 requires healthcare professional organizations to establish, communicate and enforce a written security and access policy in order to register and remain registered with the My Health Record system.

ADHA has also developed an e-learning module to accompany the security and access policy model. The module is designed to support healthcare professionals in using the model, outlining the practical steps that should be followed when drafting a security and access policy for their organization.

The policy template is available on the OAIC website and the e-Learning module is accessible via the ADHA training website.

Updated diabetes glycemic management algorithm
This month, the Australian Diabetes Society updated the type 2 diabetes glycemic management algorithm.

The algorithm outlines the risks, benefits and costs of available therapies and provides an approach on how to incorporate old and new agents.

GPs can also find more information on blood glucose medication management in RACGPs Management of type 2 diabetes: a manual for general medicine.

Standard of Clinical Care for Low Back Pain
The first national Low back pain clinical standard of care was launched by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC).

According to the ACSQHC, low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, with an increasing burden despite a growing number of treatment options. Additionally, back problems and pain are the second most common reason Australians seek assistance from their GP and one of the top five presentations to emergency wards.

Timely and appropriate management of people suffering from an acute episode is important to reduce the possibility of developing chronic low back pain.

How to publish your research: Demystifying the process
Webinar: Wednesday September 14, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
Register online.

Presented by Professor Stephen Margolis OAM, this webinar will clarify the research publication process and provide guidance on developing strategies for successful publishing.

Diagnosis and management of skin cancers and non-melanoma melanomas
Webinar: Wednesday September 21, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
Register online.

Junior GPs, New Fellows, and early career GPs can build their confidence in skin cancer detection and treatment through this webinar, which focuses on developing core skin cancer skills. within general practice.

This hands-on webinar will explore common types of skin cancers and will include the diagnosis and management of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

It will also cover non-surgical treatments for the management of keratinocyte dysplasia and the pathologist’s role in diagnosing skin cancer. An interactive session, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss examples they encounter in practice.

Dementia Demystifying Webinar Series
Webinar: Wednesday September 21, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
Eligible for 2 RACGP CPD points
Register online.

This three-part webinar series, presented by RACGP Specific Interests and Dementia Training Australia, offers a hands-on, step-by-step approach to improving knowledge, skills and confidence in diagnosing and managing dementia in general practice.

Presented by three general practitioners who specialize in dementia, the second webinar in the series – “Diagnosing Demystified Dementia: A Step-by-Step Approach to Diagnosing Dementia in General Practice” – will present an overview of dementia and describe a practical approach to support clinicians in general practice. family in the diagnosis.

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