External events


Hurstville Private Hospital GP Education - July-November 2017 (various)

Hurstville Private Hospital offers GPs the following education events:

  • Ophthalmology - 26 July 
  • Hip, Spine, Pain - 9 August 
  • Urology - 23 July 
  • Cardiology + Networking - 6 September 
  • Gynaecology - 20 September 
  • Knee, Spine, Pain - 11 October
  • Ophthalmology - 25 October
  • Spine, Pain, Sports - 8 November

All events run from 7.00pm – 9.00pm (aim for 6.40pm arrival). All events qualify for four (4) category 2 RACGP CPD points. Presentation format is ‘case based’ and/or ‘skill-improvement based’, with Q&A allowed at all times.

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Tuberculosis & the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine: global burden and Australian immunisation programs - 26 July 2017 (Westmead)

In this seminar we will hear from Professor Ben Marais on global TB disease burden issues and Dr Frank Beard on the BCG vaccine and evaluation of Australian immunisation programs.

When: Wednesday 26 July 2017 11am - 12pm
Where: Seminar Room 1 and 2, CMRI Building, 214 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead

Light lunch will be provided. Click to register online (for catering please).

Inner West Domestic Violence Forum - 27 July 2017 (Ashfield)

Invitation for General practitioners and Allied health workers - supporting children, young people and families affected by Domestic Violence in the Inner West.

This half-day education session will inform you about the systems and supports already present in the community to assist children, young people and families, and how you can help people find the assistance they need. You will meet representatives of key agencies and have the opportunity to ask questions.

When: Thursday 27 July 2017 9.15am - 12.30pm (Registration from 9.15am, Lunch provided after the session)
Where: Ashfield Civic Centre, Level 6, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield

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To register for this session please email goodpraxis@hotmail.com with your name and location, and put Domestic Violence Forum in the subject line.

For more information contact Bronwen Elliott 0417 257 796.

STIs and HIV: Everybody's Business - 27 July 2017 (Strathfield)

The session will examine the critical role of GPs in testing and treating STIs and HIV. It will use interactive methods to explore STI/HIV testing as part of routine care, demonstrate how to use STI/HIV clinical tools and the steps required if a test returns positive.

When: Thursday 27 July 2017 5:30pm registration and dinner, for a 6.00pm - 8.30pm session
Venue: Ironbark Conference Room, Strathfield Library

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Register online at the RACGP website.

Managing Nursing Stress, Preventing Burnouts and Turnovers - 31 July - 1 August 2017 (Sydney)

Designed for nurses and frontline patient care takers, this program is designed to help them reverse the burnout they are experiencing and help them to re-engage back in their work.

In this 2-day program, you will learn how physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals can build professional and mental health resilience against an onslaught of work fatigue, staffing shortages and workplace violence. You will gain critical information about the dangers of compassion fatigue/burnout and vicarious post-traumatic stress disorder in health care settings, develop leadership capacity through continuous personal assessment to motivate your team of nurses and how you can formulate a personally-designed self-care protocol for yourself and your staff to ensure that balance, perspective, growth, and challenge are fostered in one's personal and professional life.

When: 31 July - 1 August 2017
Where: InterContinental Sydney
Cost: $1,995 (by 5 Jun 2017); $2,395 (by 3 Jul 2017); $2,495 (Regular fee). Group discount available.

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Register online. To receive a complimentary article on "Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout" by Harvard Business Review, please email Stefanie at stefanie@claridenglobal.org.

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.

Update in Hepatitis B with an Arabic focus for Primary Care Practitioners - 2 August 2017 (Brighton-Le-Sands)

In South Eastern Sydney the average CHB prevalence is 1.30%, predominantly from Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale.

Treatment for hepatitis B can reduce a patient’s risk of liver cancer by 50% in a few years. Identifying and monitoring people with chronic hepatitis B infection allows for timely identification of cancer and liver disease, or even prevention, through the institution of effective treatment. Vaccination and treatment for hepatitis B is available and effective.

Target audience: GPs, nurses and allied health workers
 Wednesday 2 August 2017 6pm - 9.30pm
Where: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands
Cost: Free

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Register online or contact Olivia Dawson on 8204 0777 or olivia.dawson@ashm.org.au for further information.

Clincal Audit and Education Program for General Practitioners - 2 August 2017 (Brighton-Le-Sands)

Optimum Patient Care is conducting an evening education workshop and clinical review program for GPs and clinicians. The program is delivered in partnership with the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Participants will interact with international and local experts in asthma and rhinitis on how to improve respiratory care, using real life case studies. 

Participating GPs will be awarded 40 CPD Points for completion of the education workshop and clinical review program.

When: Wednesday 2 August 2017 6pm - 9.30pm
Where: Bianco Restaurant, Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands

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To register for the workshop and hear more about this initiative, GPs can complete the registration form available at the following link: tiny.cc/opc or email services@optimumpatientcare.org (RSVP by Saturday 1 July 2017).

Further information is available on the Optimum Patient Care website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training Day - 8 August 2017 (Westmead)

Empowering GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, allied and mental health professionals to develop knowledge and skills in FASD.


  • Understanding the new Australian FASD diagnostic guidelines
  • Incorporating the guidelines in clinical practice Developing intervention and support plans for people with FASD

When: Tuesday 8 August 2017
Where: Lorimer Dodds Lecture Theatre, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

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EXHALE - Examining COPD-X Active Learning Module - 8 August 2017 (Brighton-Le-Sands)

GSK invites GPs to participate in this meeting which uses case studies to illustrate how the current COPD guidelines support logical decision making in COPD management, when patients present with varying degrees of either symptoms or risk of exacerbations.

When: Tuesday 8 August 2017 6:30pm
Where: Bianco Restaurant, Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands

This meeting is a component of the EXHALE Active Learning Module (ALM), you will receive 3 Category 2 points for attendance. In order to obtain the full 40 Category 1 credits allocated to this ALM, please complete the program modules before and after you attend this meeting.

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Cunningham Centre for Palliative Care courses - August - October 2017 (Darlinghurst)

  • Psychological Care for people who are Bereaved - 23 August 2017
  • Palliative Care Perspectives - 14-15 September 2017
  • Advance Care Planning - 13 October 2017
  • Communication Skills in working with Bereaved People - 26 October 2017
  • Management of Symptoms in Advanced Illness - 30-31 October 2017

Time: 8.30am - 4.00pm
Venue: Sacred Heart Health Service, 170 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Cost: $120-$230 

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Register online at the St Vincent's Hospital website. For more information, call 8382 9441 or email francoise.liepa@svha.org.au

The Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2017 - 14-16 September 2017 (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.

GP Psychological Medicine Training - for GPs, by GPs - September-November 2017 (Sydney)

The Australian Society for Psychological Medicine has launched a fully accredited mental health skills training program for GPs. The program consists of a 2 day face-to-face workshop (14 hours) which concentrates on the practical aspects of mental health care delivery in general practice and 6 additional hours to be completed at your own pace in a variety of possible ways.

Participants will be eligible for 80-120 CPD points, depending on the pathway chosen to complete the training. Those who choose the six hours of Small Group Learning may also be eligible for 5 QI points in the current RACGP triennium.


  • 15 September 2017 (one day workshop, in association with the Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine at their Sydney Conference)
  • 4-5 November 2017

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Contact Anne Malecki at the ASPM Office on 1300 888 606 or to register your interest at admin@aspm.org.au

Infant Feeding: In Whose Interest? - 12-13 October 2017 (Melbourne/ Online)

This two day conference will bring together some of the world’s most respected researchers and thinkers in the field of human lactation and public health.

Aims of this conference:

  • Identify the role of the infant formula and baby food industries in undermining abreastfeeding culture and describe strategies to protect parents and health workers from their influence
  • Raise awareness of potential conflicts of interest involving the baby food industry and how to avoid them
  • Identify strategies in Australia and internationally which have been shown to support breastfeeding rates and increase breastfeeding initiation and duration
  • Identify barriers to the lack of investment into breastfeeding support and promotion
  • Explore the health and economic cost of sub-optimal breastfeeding
  • Promote policy, social and economic environments that enable parents and caregivers to make well informed infant and young child feeding decisions
  • Twenty percent of profits from the conference will be used to start a “Breastfeeding Innovation and Promotion Fund” to assist groups who have an innovative approach to supporting breastfeeding.

When: 12-13 October 2017
Where: Maia Shed 14 – Central Pier Docklands Melbourne (plus online)

Visit the Breastfeeding Conferences website to register or for further information.

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