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The Voice - Edition 4 - April/May 2016

Yet more budget blues as Government keeps up the frost with Medicare rebate freeze

The AMA has criticised the federal government’s continuation of the Medicare patient rebate freeze in this year’s budget. Over the weekend, the AMA stepped up its campaign against the ongoing freeze on Medicare rebates, launching a range of resources for practices to use to inform patients about the impact of the freeze, including the most recent Budget decision to extend it until 2020. These resources include a Medicare freeze poster, an updated gaps poster, and templates for letters to your patients. These are available for download on the AMA website here.

Your support for our campaign can make a real difference, particularly in the context of an election. We need to maintain pressure on all politicians and candidates to lift the freeze. Whilst we urge all GPs and specialists to lobby their local members or candidates on this issue, we particularly encourage those of you with practices in the marginal seats of Adelaide, Hindmarsh, Makin and Wakefield. South Australia's votes will be important in this election and now is the time to make your voice heard. 

STOP PRESS - Labor announces it will lift the freeze 

AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, said today that Labor’s pledge to lift the Medicare patient rebate freeze from 1 January 2017, if elected, would deliver certainty to doctors and patients, and remove a potentially devastating blow to medical practice in Australia, particularly general practice. Prof Owler said the Coalition Government’s policy to extend the Medicare rebate freeze until 2020, if maintained, would cripple thousands of medical practices and force all Australians to pay more for their health care. “The medical profession has been united in its strident opposition to the Government’s Medicare freeze policy, and we will campaign against it until it is withdrawn,” Prof Owler said. Read more here and keep abreast of breaking news on the AMA website here.

Key issues for the 2016 federal election

The AMA sees its role as not just criticising bad policy when it comes, but putting forward constructive suggestions and highlighting what is needed. With this in mind, we release priority documents in the lead-up to each federal budget and election. You can access the AMA’s Key Health Issues for the 2016 election here. Key topics include the Medicare rebate freeze, public hospitals, the removal of bulk billing incentives for pathology and radiology, medical workforce and training, chronic disease, Indigenous health, rural GP infrastructure grants, prevention, tobacco control and physical activity. You can read more commentary of the federal budget here and here.


ADVOCACY



Outstanding response to AMA(SA) and SASMOA survey on Transforming Health

Thank you to all doctors who completed the recent AMA(SA)/SASMOA joint survey on Transforming Health (read the joint media release here). The participation rate was perhaps our highest ever, with over 500 responses. The results overwhelmingly showed that doctors are not happy with the implementation, and the government and SA Health have failed to communicate any vision or clarity on the many concerns raised. Twenty percent of respondents were in management positions, giving added cause for concern, if those in management positions have little faith in the process! Whilst the minister criticised the survey and continued with the line that 'most clinicians support Transforming Health' - (not doctors!), a no confidence motion was moved against the minister in state parliament, which the government won on its numbers. Nonetheless, the AMA(SA) has informed the minister that we want him to listen less to bureaucrats and more to the clinicians who provide services. The relationship between doctors, SA Health and the minister is critical to the public health system - the minister is at risk of damaging this relationship beyond repair, and must now stop, think, and reassess the government strategy - or face the consequences at the next election, or sooner.

RSL selected as successful Repat submission 

The state government has announced that the RSL consortium, which includes RSL SA, RSL Care SA and RSL Life Care, is the successful tenderer for the Repat site. The consortium will invest $125 million redeveloping the site. According to the government’s announcement, the proposal provides for a range of residential options, private health facilities, and community facilities. The residential component will deliver residential aged care, including dementia and mental health, retirement living, affordable housing and special housing needs, such as housing for homeless veterans. The proposal also includes privately provided health services, such as allied health care, day therapy, hydrotherapy outpatient services, and primary health care. Meanwhile, the government continues to fail to answer where the 500 hip and knee replacements will be performed, where the reported 17,000 hospital admissions will go, and what will happen to the estimated 170,000 outpatient visits that will not be provided under this 'Transforming Health' initiative? The longer questions around service configuration, medical workforce and capacity (number of clinical activities) remain unanswered - the more the government looks like it does not have the answers or is just not willing to tell the public. Members’ comments and feedback are welcome to President.

Advocacy for services for children with a disability

The AMA(SA) has been advocating for the needs of children with a disability as the NDIS proceeds. We brought up with then minister Tony Piccolo the issue of children not captured under the NDIS facing delays for much needed equipment. Since then, we have seen progress. However, the total number of participants is estimated to almost double within a 12-month period, and there is significant concern as to whether the NDIS workforce can register such a number within this time frame, and whether the disability provider sector can meet the needs. We have written to the new minister for disabilities, Leesa Vlahos, to highlight our concerns, and will meet with her in early June. The minister has provided an update on actions being taken, including the National Disability Insurance Agency undertaking market assessments identify potential gaps in services.

Issues faced by Doctors in Training in the SA public health system

Working as a doctor in training can be very challenging as well as rewarding. The AMA(SA) and SASMOA want to hear from doctors in training (DiTs) about the issues you are facing, and your experiences in the public health system. We are currently undertaking a joint survey, which is open to AMA(SA) and SASMOA members who are doctors in training (TMOs). So if you are a doctor in training, please take the time to complete the survey. The survey has been distributed to DiT members by email: to have the link resent, or if you have any questions, just contact Bernie Liddy. If you would like to comment outside the survey, you are also very welcome to do so.

Inquiry into Chemotherapy dosing errors

A Select Committee of the Legislative Council has been established to inquire into and report on the chemotherapy dosing errors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre in 2014 and 2015. The Committee’s initial deadline was Friday 20 May but requests for extensions of time will be considered by the Committee. The AMA(SA) is making a submission and would welcome feedback from members. Just email Eva or call 8361 0106. The terms of reference for the inquiry are attached here.

Parliamentary inquiry into regional health services: share your views

The Social Development Committee is required to conduct an inquiry and report to Parliament on the review by the Health Performance Council on the operations of the Health Advisory Councils in accordance with the Health Care Act 2008, and the current provision and plans for future delivery of health services in regional SA. Importantly, the inquiry covers medical recruitment and employment in rural hospitals, as well as scope of practice, funding, and EPAS. The AMA(SA) will be making a submission, and welcomes the comments of rural and other members. Just email Eva or call 8361 0106. You can access the full terms of reference for the inquiry here.

AMA and RDA band together on Rural Health

The AMA and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) are calling on the major political parties ahead of the 2016 Federal election to commit to practical and affordable reforms to improve health services for people in rural and remote Australia. Building a Sustainable Future for Rural Practice: The AMA/RDAA Rural Rescue Package is available here.

Health Performance Council State of Our Health report

The Health Performance Council, an independent government-funded SA entity to report on the public health system in SA, which narrowly escaped abolition as part of the premier’s review of boards and committees, in April released its State of Our Health report – a key resource to support the improvement of health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities. For a wealth of data on just how we are doing, where, check it out here.

Support SA Dairy farmers

The AMA(SA) supports the call for all South Australians to back our local dairy farmers, who are facing significant pressures on their industry due to massive state levy increases for resource management; dropping gate prices on milk (50c/l down to 14c/l) and increasing costs of production. Minister Ian Hunter has told Grant and Wattle Range Councils to raise an extra $1M approximately from their rate payers in the coming financial year.  As a result, some farmers face an average increase from $41/annum up to $290/annum. The financial strain on our farming community has significant effects not only on our farmers and their families but those who rely on the rural economy. Ironically, at the same time as Minister Hunter was defending the rise, Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell was announcing a mere $60k ‘immediate relief’ to provide financial and mental health counselling to SA dairy farmers (story here). One has to question the unfathomable thinking that occurs in government sometimes. Regardless, the AMA(SA) as a good corporate citizen of this state should support our rural cousins, many of whom are patients of our members, and for this reason we urge you to make a difference and consider buying local dairy products where possible.  Dairy products using South Australian milk include SADA Fresh, Tweedvale, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Parmalat, Pauls, Pura, Adelaide Hills Dairies, The Complete Dairy, Alexandrina Cheese Company, Robe Dairies, Golden North, Fleurieu Milk Company, and Farmers' Own.


AMA NOTICES



Two candidates for federal AMA presidency and VP role

There will be an election to decide the next Federal AMA President, with two nominations for the position being received at close of nominations. The election will take place at the AMA National Conference in Canberra on Sunday, 29 May. The candidates are current Federal Vice President and former AMA Victoria President, Dr Stephen Parnis, who is a Consultant Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital and John Fawkner Private Hospital in Melbourne; and current AMA WA President and AMA Federal Councillor, Dr Michael Gannon, who is Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, and the Lead Obstetrician of the Perinatal Loss Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital, both in Perth.

There will also be an election for the position of Vice President. The candidates are Dr Brian Morton, a Sydney GP, AMA Federal Councillor, outgoing Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, and former AMA NSW President; and Dr Tony Bartone, a Melbourne GP, immediate past President of AMA Victoria, Federal Councillor, and Chair-elect of the AMA Council of General Practice. Both AMA President and AMA Vice President serve a term of two years.

Both Dr Parnis and Dr Gannon presented to the AMA(SA) Council in May, speaking about their perspectives and priorities, and will present in more detail on their visions for the AMA at the upcoming national conference.

AMA(SA) 2015 Annual Report

The year 2015 was another busy one in the health sector and for the AMA(SA). For an overview of the AMA(SA)’s 2015, check out our Annual Report, which features reports from our state president, Dr Janice Fletcher, Board Chair Dr Trevor Mudge, and AMA(SA) CEO Joe Hooper, as well as State Council and Committee information; some lighter highlights of 2015; and Auditor's and financial reports. The Annual Report will also be available in hard copy at our upcoming AGM on Thursday 2 June, to which members are warmly invited.

Vale Dr Eric Paul Hoopmann, Dr Keith Everett Lovell and Dr John Kirk

The AMA(SA) is sad to farewell life members Dr Keith Everett Lovell, local pioneer in neo-natal paediatrics, general practitioner Dr Eric Paul Hoopmann, and dermatologist Dr John Kirk. Our thoughts are with their friends, colleagues and families.


Upcoming AMA Events



AMA(SA) Gala Dinner – looking forward to this Saturday!

The AMA(SA) Charity Gala dinner sold out well in advance this year and is now almost upon us. It will be held on Saturday 21 May from 7pm to midnight, at the Hilton Adelaide, and brings together members from across the profession. Dress is black tie. This year we will, as always, be acknowledging some very special SA doctors with our AMA(SA) awards. This year’s dinner is in support of the Zahra Foundation, which helps South Australian women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. This is an area in which the AMA(SA) will be doing more work over the coming months, to assist doctors to help patients access the resources and services they need. You can access more resources here. If you have any queries about the dinner, please call Melanie on 8361 0108 or email.

Inaugural AMA(SA) Ministerial Breakfast with the Minister for Health

AMA(SA) members are invited to a private Members' Breakfast with the Minister for Health, the Hon Jack Snelling MP, on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7 for 7.30 am, to 9.00 am at The Grill (Ground Floor), Hilton Adelaide, RSVP is essential by 16 June 2016. Seats are strictly limited to current full AMA(SA) members only. An expression of interest and booking form, with a 'Questions on Notice' opportunity, is available here. This event provides an ideal opportunity to hear directly from the Minister and have some of your most pressing questions answered. Do not miss out on this important event.

AMA(SA) Council meeting dates: getting together at AMA(SA) HQ

The AMA(SA) Council meets 8 times a year, and meetings of Council are open to AMA(SA) members. Any member wishing to attend a Council meeting is invited to contact Claudia on 8361 0109 or email. Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the relevant month, and the next Council meeting for 2016 will be held on Thursday 2 June, preceding the AGM later that night.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

As per our earlier advice to members, the AMA(SA) 2016 AGM will be held on Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 8.00pm at AMA(SA), Newland House, 80 Brougham Place, North Adelaide immediately following the Branch Council meeting (which commences at 7.00pm). The AGM will be followed by light refreshments. You can access the Notice of AGM and Agenda here. Members wishing to attend the AGM should email Claudia

National Conference #amanc16

The 2016 AMA National Conference is taking place at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, from 27-29 May. Speakers at the Conference include the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP; Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Catherine King MP; and the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale. The host of ABC TV’s Q&A programme, Tony Jones, will facilitate a policy session on Assisted Dying, while a panel of Press Gallery heavyweights will discuss the upcoming Federal Election and the implications for health policy. The elections for AMA President and Vice President will be held on Sunday. We hope to see you there! More info here

National Conference – SA delegates dinner

For those attending National Conference, don’t miss out on our state (and territory) dinner! It will be held on Friday 27 May 2016, after the President’s Cocktail Reception, 7:30pm at Courgette Restaurant, 54 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra. If you are interested to attend, please contact Bernadette Kuhar on 8361 0101 or by email by Monday 23 May 2016.

Family Doctor Week 2016

The AMA is again celebrating Family Doctor Week, from Sunday 17 July to Saturday 23 July this year. The AMA’s Family Doctor Week highlights the role of GPs and their value to the community and the health system. The theme for this year’s event is Your family doctor: invaluable to your health. To further enhance the concept of the Family Doctor, the AMA has produced a logo that GP members can use to promote yourself as a family doctor. The use of the 2016 AMA Family Doctor Logo is a sign to the community and your medical and health professional colleagues that you provide patient-centred, holistic, and longitudinal medical care. Find out more here.

New Doctors’ Health Service arrangements

Doctors and medical students in NSW, the ACT, SA, and the NT have access to expanded doctors’ health services from 1 May 2016, a major step in the roll out of an enhanced national health program for medical professionals and students. The new national doctors’ health program will make sure health services are accessible to all doctors equitably, no matter where they live. Find out more here.\

 


IN PRACTICE



Antimicrobial resistance and clinical management of genital gonococcal infection

SA Health has issued an alert on 17 May that thirty percent of Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains from South Australia in the first quarter of 2016 had reduced susceptibility to azithromycin, compared to 0.9% to 3.9% for other states. All strains remained fully susceptible to ceftriaxone. Find out more here.

2016 Meningococcal Season Reminder

On 4 May 2016 SA Health issued an alert on meningococcal disease. It stated that: invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any systemic febrile illness in any age group. Also, a rash is not always present, especially in the early stages of the disease. Early recognition, immediate empirical treatment with parenteral benzylpenicillin and urgent transfer to hospital can be life-saving. Urgent notification to the CDCB on suspicion of IMD is essential for a timely public health response. See the alert here.

AMA(SA) Permanent Impairment Assessors Forum

The AMA(SA) is holding an information forum, to be held in Adelaide on 8 June 2016, at which representatives from the Motor Accident Commission, the Motor Accident Injury Assessment Scheme and Return To Work SA will be speaking, answering questions and concerns put by members. The forum is an AMA(SA) organised event, providing information for Permanent Impairment Assessors and Accredited Medical Practitioners. The AMA(SA) will be seeking system improvements based on members' responses. Find out more at the invitation here. Please RSVP by 1 June to Bernadette.

ReturntoWorkSA - Financial support for medical treatment has changed

Under the Return to Work insurance scheme, medical expenses are covered for up to twelve months after a person’s income support payments finish (although people with a whole person impairment formally assessed as 30% or more will receive lifetime reasonable and necessary medical treatment). For some patients whose income support finished before 1 July 2015, financial support for medical expenses ends on 30 June 2016. If your patient’s treatment is funded by the Return to Work Scheme, please speak with them to clarify when their financial support ends. They may need help to transition to community, state, commonwealth or privately funded services if ongoing treatment is required. For more information about these changes speak to your patient’s case manager.

Calling all specialists with an interest in treating work related injuries in SA

The AMA(SA) has collaborated with ReturnToWorkSA to produce and publish a list of specialists who have an interest in treating patients with a work related injury, as a referral resource to help support GPs and their patients. It is publicly available on the AMA(SA) website here and will be actively promoted through ReturnToWorkSA's newly implemented mobile case management model. If you are treating a patient with a work related injury, you may find it helpful! Members interested to be included on the list are asked to “opt in” by completing the template at the bottom of this page and returning it to Bernadette Liddy at the AMA(SA).

Workers’ Compensation – A glimpse of things to come: employer forced to re-hire worker

The first determination of the SA Employment Tribunal (SAET) in respect of an application under Section 18 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (RTW Act) has been handed down. In the case of Walmsley v Crown Equipment Pty Ltd [2016] SAET 4, the employer had provided the worker with a collation of duties taken from other positions while awaiting his recovery. This arrangement went on for some time. When the employer eventually formed the view that the worker could never return to his pre-injury role, the worker was dismissed. The outcome of the case was that the SAET ordered the employer to provide the previously dismissed worker with work for which he is fit and which, so far as reasonably practicable, is the same as or equivalent to his pre-injury employment. At the time of writing, we understand that no appeal has been lodged. In this article from Norman Waterhouse lawyers, there is an outline of the most significant take-home messages from this case.  Read on here

Patient Privacy Resource

Got questions about patient privacy? This is an important area to get right, so make sure your practice is up to speed by using the AMA’s Privacy and Health Record Resource Handbook which has an updated privacy policy template to guide practices when writing or updating their privacy policy.

AMA Fee List Update – 1 April 2016

The AMA List of Medical Services and Fees (AMA List) is a helpful guide for doctors and practices in setting your practice fees, although this should depend and be guided by individual practice circumstances. The AMA List has been updated as of 1 April 2016 to amend existing items and include new items. These items are provided in the Summary of Changes for 1 April 2016. The AMA Fees List Online is available here.

Practice structure — setting service fees
 
Practices would rather focus on delivering quality service to patients than on calculating complex service fees or dealing with an ATO audit. However, service fees are critical to the effective running of a practice and so can't be ignored. Hood Sweeney’s specialist Health Team hosts an informal lunch sharing insights into setting service fees and other key practice management issues including practice structure and why you have it, different options to calculate service fees and ATO service fee red flags.  If you would like to attend their next lunch presentation, please contact Health Team member Olwin Cole by email or 1300 764 200.

Diploma of Leadership and Management

Looking for a career advantage? Interested in being a medical leader? AMA(SA) Training is offering the Diploma in Leadership and Management. The diploma has a health focus and will increase your skills and confidence as a current or future medical leader. Offering a flexible learning plan to accommodate doctors' busy lives, this diploma is quickly becoming a ‘point of difference’ for those doctors seeking career advancement. Please click here for further information and to register your interest.

We want online Authorities now!

The AMA urges everyone who prescribes PBS Authority medicines and who is tired of waiting on hold while a clerk approves their prescription, to contact their practice software provider now. The Department of Human Services is trialling an automated online approvals system for PBS Authority medicines this month. Around 30 volunteer medical practitioners, including AMA members, are testing the system which will negate the need to phone the PBS Authority Approvals phone line for most PBS Authority medicines. AMA lobbying over many years has been a key driver in prompting the online system. The online approvals system is expected to be available to all prescribers from 1 July 2016. The catch is that prescribers will need to log in to the Department’s Health Professionals Online System unless medical practice software providers get on board.

Changes to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive

Despite strong opposition from the AMA and other GP groups, the Government has decided to implement changes to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive that require practices to upload a Shared Health Summary (SHS) to the My Health Record for 0.5% of the practice’s standardised whole patient equivalent (SWPE). The AMA remains opposed to this change, arguing that the MyHealth Record is not yet fit for purpose and that policies to encourage the adoption of the MyHealth Record should be informed by the outcomes of the Government’s opt-out trial. If practices are unable or unwilling to comply with the new requirements, this will simply represent a further loss of funding for general practice. The AMA is undertaking a short survey to assess the attitudes of practices towards the new requirements for the PIP Digital Health Incentive and its likely take-up. Please take the 2-minute survey here.

Is your patient fit to drive?

Determining fitness to drive can be challenging and may present difficult decisions. Information about functional driving skills and recommendations gained from an Occupational Therapy driving assessment may support your medical assessment and facilitate decision making around your patient’s capacity to drive. More detailed information from Occupational Therapy Australia about the role of occupational therapy in Driver Assessment and a list of Driver Trained OTs can be found here

 


MEMBER BENEFITS



Theatre tickets give away to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Adelaide Repertory Theatre

We are delighted to announce that the Adelaide Repertory Theatre is again offering some complimentary theatre tickets to AMA(SA) members. You can check out their program for the year here, and find out more about them here. In this edition of the Voice, we are delighted to offer some free double passes to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tenessee Williams, directed by Barry Hill, running 23 June  to 2 July at the Arts Theatre on Angas Street in Adelaide.  To enter, email Melanie.

Secret Shiraz with WineDirect

Winedirect has a great offer on a Secret 96pt 2013 Adelaide Hills shiraz six pack. It is the second vintage in a row of this wine to score 96 points from James Halliday. It’s no surprise that these guys are fastidious with their fruit selection, opting only for the best rows and within them the best vines when producing this wine. It is a stunning single vineyard wine packed with black and blue fruits, liquorice, pepper and vanilla. It's a big beast for an Adelaide Hills wine and gob-smackingly delicious. It drinks well now but you could happily salt it away for a couple of decades too. It retails for $38/bottle but today you can get a six pack for $120 (+$7.50 freight to anywhere in Aus - or grab a couple of six packs and get it freight free!) Check it out here or just reply to this email or give me a call 1800 64 9463.

$1250 cashback when you switch your home loan to Commbank

Refinance your home loan to CommBank and the bank will give you $1,250 cashback, as well as good rates. Apply before July 31, 2016 and have your loan funded by 30 September 2016 (minimum refinance $250,000). Call Andre Francis at Commonwealth Bank on 0424 056 692 to find out more.

Elliott & Turner Travel Associates – European river cruising

Looking at Europe River Cruising in 2017?  Now is the time to book, with specials such as free airfares, no single supplement, and saving up to $1690 per couple on selected cruises. Call Elliott and Turner on 1800 331 916, or email Travel to find out more.

 


NOTICEBOARD



SA Indian Medical Association, Pakistani Medical Association SA and Australian Chinese Medical Association - 2016 key dates
| The SAIMA Charity Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016; the PMASA Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 13 August 2016; and the ACMA Foundation Charity Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 5 November 2016. All should be great celebrations, bringing together friends and colleagues. To find out more, contact Tracey.

Minister for Health agrees to fund PHCRIS for a further six months | PHCRIS has support to 31 Dec, 2016 and after that needs to move towards a self-sustaining business model. They are actively developing commercial opportunities in knowledge exchange, research evidence synthesis and capacity building. To discuss collaborations and proposals so they can continue to support the use of quality research to inform policy and practice to improve health outcomes email them

Information evening on after-hours services at AFHDS | Australia Family Home Doctor Service | Current GPs, PGY2s+ and doctors in training are invited to find out more | 3 June 2016 | 5:30PM | Email Kathleen
 
MDA National - Avoiding Misunderstandings around Physical Contact and Intimate Examinations | Adelaide Tuesday, 31 May 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (CPD Accredited) | Register here

Adelaide Youth Orchestras | If you are under 30 years old, Adelaide Youth Orchestras has an offer for you … under-thirties can buy tickets for $30 covering all shows. Find our more here

Sun Safety Survey | AMA NSW has been running an ongoing skin cancer public health campaign. As part of this, they surveyed medical students and found nearly one third of respondents said they sunbaked | The next phase of the campaign is to survey doctors on sun protection issues | Help by taking the survey for doctors here.

RACS SA, NT & WA Annual Scientific Meeting & Annual Dinner | 26 & 27 August 2016 | The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Adelaide | More info

2016 Hood Sweeney Royal Colleges Golf Day | 4 November 2016 | Royal Adelaide Golf Club | More info

Visit sunny Queensland - AMA Queensland: Junior Doctor Conference in June | AMA Queensland is running its third annual Junior Doctor Conference from 25 – 26 June at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre | More info

Upcoming sapmea CPD Workshops:

For more information and to register please visit the sapmea website

An update on Coeliac Disease | Tuesday 24 May, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by Dr Derrick Tee (Gastroenterologist) and Ms Louise Mudge (Practicing Dietitian) | Glenside Hospital Training Rooms

Doctors for Doctors Training Seminar | Saturday 28 May, 8.00am-4.00pm | Presented by Doctors HealthSA in conjunction with sapmea | RACGP, North Adelaide

Obesity - the latest evidence base for GPs | Thursday 2 June, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by Dr Bernie Lorenzen (Bariatric Practitioner) | Adelaide Road Motor Lodge, Murray Bridge

Learn how to assess musculoskeletal injuries within a standard consultation- Lower Back | Thursday 2 June 6-8.30 pm| Presented by Dr John Bastian (Senior Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine) | Mawson Lakes Hotel and Function Centre

Suicide; managing the risks, the behaviour and the consequences | Friday 3 June, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by Dr Michelle Atchison (Psychiatrist) | Glenside Hospital Training rooms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Current concepts & Future Directions | Thursday 9 June, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by Dr William Tam (Gastroenterologist) | McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor

Sleep Disorders and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents | Tuesday 21 June, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by A/Prof Sarah Blunden (Clinical Psychologist and Head of Paediatric Sleep Research) | St Francis Winery, Old Reynella

GP Management of Common Skin Conditions | Tuesday 28 June, 6.30-9.00pm | Presented by Dr Karen Koh (Dermatologist) | The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

Clinical Management of Emergency Respiratory Conditions | Thursday 30 June, 6.00-8.30pm | Presented by Dr Cynthia Papendick (Emergency Physician) and Prof Hubertus Jersmann (Respiratory and Sleep Physician) | Auchendarroch House, Mount Barker

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