External events

All Creatures Great and Small: A One Health Approach to the Problem of Q Fever - 22 March 2017 (Westmead)

Q fever, caused by Coxiella burnetii, is a serious zoonotic disease in humans with a worldwide distribution. Many species of animals are capable of transmitting C. burnetii, and consequently all veterinary workers are at risk for this disease. Australia is the only country to have a licensed Q fever vaccine (QVax). This vaccine has been readily available and used in Australia for many years in at-risk groups, however still has 600 notifications across Australia annually.

This presentation will provide an overview of the sources of Q fever in our animal populations, new data on longevity of immunity post vaccination, as well as information on the safety of the Q fever vaccine in young adults and barriers to uptake of the vaccine.

Click here to register. Registration required for space and catering purposes. Places are limited.

Date: Wednesday 22 March
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1 and 2, CMRI Building, 214 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead

Light lunch will be provided.


ACRRM Dermatology webinar: Skin Cancer: difficult sites, difficult plights - 22 March 2017

Join Dr Dan Kennedy and Dr Jim Muir on an interactive case based discussion covering:

  • Identification of sites where nerves are at risk in skin cancer surgery
  • Identification of patients and sites where a skin graft is unlikely to take
  • Recognising high risk lesions
  • Knowing when a biopsy will simplify your management and
  • Managing a non healing wound.

To access the webinar and it's recording register in Tele-Derm today. Only rural doctors and ACRRM members can attend.

Listen to Dr Jim Muir and Dr Dan Kennedy discuss the skill set rural doctors need for treating the majority of skin cancers in their community.


Black Dog Institute workshops for GPs and health professionals - March-May 2017 (Randwick)

CPD points will be available for attendance.

Register online by clicking the course links above. For further information, download flyer or email education@blackdog.org.au.


Refugee Healthcare in General Practice - Active Learning Module (40 Cat 1 Points) - 31 March 2017 (Sydney CBD)

General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) is pleased to bring local GPs this comprehensive Active Learning Module (ALM) in Refugee Health in General Practice.

When: Friday 31 March 2017
Where: Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney, 72 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided)
Cost: $330

Download the full program here. To register and complete payment, please contact Faye Simpson at faye.simpson@gpra.org.au or on 03 9629 8878.


An intervention for Families and Carers - "Staying Connected When Emotions Run High" - 4 April 2017 (Hurstville)

A Free Workshop at Hurstville presented by Dr Annemaree Bickerton (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) and Toni Garretty (Clinical Coordinator), Family and Carer Mental Health Program, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

This FREE workshop will be extremely relevant if you support someone who experiences any of the following:

  • Has relationship difficulties
  • Demonstrates changing emotions and strong overwhelming feelings
  • Displays impulsive & destructive behaviour
  • Has a diagnosis of Personality Disorder however this workshop is also relevant for those diagnosed with other mental health distresses

Date: Tuesday 4 April, 2017
Time: 9:00 registration, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: Club Central, 2 Crofts Avenue, Hurstville - morning tea and lunch provided by Aftercare FACES.

Places are limited so booking is essential to: Leanne.thame@aftercare.com.au or 8287 6810.

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NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence - Violence Against Women in Refugee Communities - 1-2 May 2017 (Ashfield)

Health workers, interagency workers, bilingual and ethno-specific workers who provide services to women and children who experience domestic violence are invited to attend this 2 day course that will provide an understanding of the specific needs related to refugee women’s experience of domestic violence. It outlines a framework for understanding domestic violence, which covers the definition, prevalence and impact. It also allows workers to understand additional challenges such as past refugee experiences, immigration and settlement issues. The course is designed to reflect the diversity of cultural and social considerations that matter when working with refugee women, their children and their protection preferences and contexts.

For program information, cost and RSVP details, download the flyer here.


Preventing Liver Cancer in the Italian Community: Hepatitis B Update for GPs - 9 May 2017 (Leichhardt)

This course will enable participants to:

  • Know who to test and how to interpret test results.
  • Improve the outcome of patients by early diagnosis, follow up and appropriate management (including vaccination)
  • Describe the intervention points throughout the natural history of HBV
  • Identify different treatment options available for people living with chronic hepatitis B

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Register on ASHM website by Tuesday 3 May 2017 or contact Olivia Dawson on 8204 0777 or olivia.dawson@ashm.org.au


6th Biennial Update in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine - 12 May 2017 (Randwick)

This course is designed to provide updates on current best practice in paediatric respiratory medicine on a day-to-day basis. The program consists of a series of presentations and interactive discussions.

Target audience: Paediatricians, GPs, junior doctors, nursing staff, allied health professionals and other interested health workers who are involved in the care of children with acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Accreditation: Attendance certificates will be provided to assist physicians with validating their CPD claims.

Date: Friday 12 May 2017
Time: 8.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Children’s Hospital, High Street, Randwick

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For registration enquiries and bookings, email georgina.papaioannou@health.nsw.gov.au or call 9382 1855.


Chris O'Brien Lifehouse GP Education Events - May-November 2017 (Camperdown)

Chris O'Brien Lifehouse are delighted to continue offering specialised GP education in 2017. The program so far includes:

  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Skin Cancer and MOHs Surgery Updates: Featuring Dr Ilias Kotronakis, Dr Andrew Satchell, and Associate Professor Sydney Ch'ng.

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017 - Urology, Kidney and Liver Malignancies: Featuring Dr Scott Leslie, Associate Professor Ruban Thanigasalam, Dr Tom Jarvis, and Dr Prem Rathore.

  • Wednesday 30 August 2017 - Head and Neck Malignancies: Featuring Associate Professor Carsten Palm, Associate Professor Sydney Ch'ng, and Professor Jonathan Clark.

  • Wednesday 22 November 2017 - Colorectal and Upper GI Cancer Stream Updates: Featuring Dr Payal Saxena, Dr Darren Pavey, Dr David Yeo, and Dr Charbel Sandroussi.

Time: 6:30pm registration and dinner; 7:00pm-9:00pm Presentations (with the exception of Saturday 18 March)
Venue: Education Centre, Level 5, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, 119-143 Missenden Road, Camperdown
RACGP points will be available for attendance

To register your interest in any of these events, please contact Shirin Amirbeaggi - Business Development Manager on 8514 0245 or 0468 320 646, or at Shirin.Amirbeaggi@lh.org.au.


Eastern Heart Clinic Cardiology Update - June-August 2017 (Randwick)

The 2017 Eastern Heart Clinic Cardiology ALM Update commences 29 June 2017, with sessions featuring the following topics:

  • 10 ECGs a GP must recognise
  • Mananging the patient post-stent, what a GP must do
  • A fib for the GP: Warfarin, NOAC, rate or rhythm control, cardioversion
  • Valve disease: when is it time for surgery, and when can we wait?
  • My patient with chest pain: Reassurance, stress test, CT or angio?
  • Who should have atrial fibrillation ablation?

Eligible for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points for attendance of all sessions and completion of relevant predisposing and reinforcing activities. For the full program and registration details, download the flyer here.


Allergy Workshop for Nurses - 2 August 2017 (Children's Hospital, Westmead)

This workshop for Child & Family Health Nurses, Practice Nurses & Midwives is not to be missed and will cover:

  • Infant Feeding Guidelines
  • Eczema
  • Primary Allergy Prevention
  • Food Allergy
  • Asthma Management
  • Immunotherapy
  • Immunisation reactions
  • Anaphylaxis Management

Register your interest at SCHN-anaphylaxis@health.nsw.gov.au to receive more information and a registration form closer to the date.


The Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2017 - 14-16 September (Milsons Point)

The two day exciting and informative program features keynote addresses by our International speaker Dr Julie Chilton. Concurrent sessions will be scheduled and both invited presentations and free papers will be delivered during the event as well as other interactive workshops.

The Conference Program will be of interest to doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, dentists, veterinarians and allied health workers in the medical industry.

Registrations open on 1 March 2017. Visit the Conference website http://adhc2017.org.au/ or join our e-newsletter to receive future updates.

Do not hesitate to contact the Conference Managers via email adhc2017@arinex.com.au or phone 02 9265 0700 for any assistance or questions.


Black Dog Institute Blog for health professionals - "Being Well"

The blog focusses on a wide range of issues related to mental health and wellbeing, which health professionals can freely access here - https://www.medcast.com.au/black-dog-institute-blog


Child Protection eLearning modules for mandatory reporters now available (Webinars)

A series of child protection eLearning modules is now available on the NGO Learning Centre Websites for mandatory reporters across FACS Divisions, other government agencies and non-government organisations:

  1. Building Effective Working Relationships with Clients - Learn about the importance of client engagement and tips to engage children. Develop skills to build effective relationships with clients, including communication and Plain English skills.

  2. Building Further Engagement - Learn about client, worker and organisational barriers to client engagement; strategies to use when working with challenging clients; and how to maintain client engagement.

  3. Effective Engagement with Aboriginal Clients - Develop your cultural competency and skills to engage effectively with Aboriginal clients. Learn about the history of the Aboriginal people and its impact and ways to effectively engage with Aboriginal organisations and communities.

  4. Effective Engagement with Clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds - Develop your cultural competency, knowledge and skills to engage effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients. Learn about barriers faced by CALD clients, including language barriers and the impacts of migration, settlement and trauma. Discover practical strategies for working with CALD clients.

  5. Making Effective Referrals - This module provides referral guidance and tips for workers who come into contact with children, their carers and/or their families. Learn when to make a referral; where to refer - including Family Referral Services; and how to make effective referrals.

  6. Signs of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Withdrawal - Build your capacity and confidence to engage with and support vulnerable children, young people and their families by learning about the impact of alcohol and other drugs; the signs of withdrawal; how to work with clients who have problematic alcohol and/or other drug use - including monitoring and responding to risk concerns for children and young people whose parents or carers use substances.

  7. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Giving evidence and supporting people engaging with the Royal Commission - Gain an overview of some important aspects of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including its purpose; how information and evidence are gathered; what you need to know if you are called to be a witness; how to support those who may be affected by the Royal Commission.


External education opportunities