External events

Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Allied Health Professions - free online course

Presented by Allied Health Professions Australia this free online course aims to provide a detailed introduction to the NDIS for allied health professionals.

The course is comprised of four modules:

  • Module 1 – Overview of the NDIS for Allied Health Professionals
  • Module 2 – NDIS Participant Plans, Goals, Outcomes and Supports
  • Module 3 – An Introduction to NDIS-funded Supports
  • Module 4 – My NDIS Pathway – How Allied Health Professionals provide Supports

The course is available online throughout 2017. 

Course outline
Registration guide

Intellectual Disability Mental Health e-Learning
Currently available online

3DN provides free eLearning about intellectual disability to professionals, carers and consumers. These courses aim to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence to create better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability.

For more details, visit www.idhealtheducation.edu.au

Hurstville Private Hospital GP Education
September - November (various locations)

Hurstville Private Hospital offers GPs the following education events: 

  • 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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Cancer Screening and Prevention Forum
23 September, Darling Harbour

The Cancer Institute NSW, in collaboration with Iris Education, invite you to this free Cancer Screening and Prevention Forum in Sydney. The day is divided into two sections with the first half devoted to cervical screening and the second to broader cancer screening and prevention. You may participate in person or by joining through live streaming on mobile phone, tablet or computer. 

When: Saturday 23 September 2017, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Where: International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney

RACGP QI&CPD points:
 Full day attendance attracts 13 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD points.  
Attendees have the choice of registering to attend the event located at ICC Sydney or to live stream the event with a high speed data connection.

 Iris Education - www.iriseducation.com.au/CINSW.html 
Register for full day, half day, attend in person or attend via live streaming

More information:
 contact Rachael Brennan on 0481 676 054 or rachaelbrennan@iriseducation.com.au

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Australian Social Policy Conference 
25-27 September, UNSW Kensington

Reduced rate for full time students is available.

Conference discussion is organised around the following themes:

  • Poverty, welfare and social inequality
  • Communities, families and children
  • Environment and social policy
  • Disability and care
  • Human services
  • Ageing
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Chinese social policy (special workshop)

Attracting over 300 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector, the Australian Social Policy Conference will address the most pressing challenges facing policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

The Conference will be held in the John Niland Scientia Building, within the UNSW Kensington Campus.

Please visit www.aspc.unsw.edu.au for more information and to register.

ANZPATH Training Seminar
29 September, Surry Hills

Health professionals education seminar on trans and gender diverse health care
The Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH) is excited to offer a pre-conference seminar prior to the annual ANZPATH conference. The seminar will provide a contemporary overview of the clinical care of trans and gender diverse people across the lifespan. Sessions will focus on the care of children and young people, adults and significant others. Time will also be allocated for discipline-specific discussions including general practitioners, mental health providers and speech pathologists.

Practitioners and clinicians new to the work and those with experience are warmly invited to join us.

When: Friday 29 September, 9am - 5pm
Where: ACON - 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $300 (students $150)
Registration: www.anzpath.org/events/anzpath-training-seminar

More information:
Dr Ruth McNair - r.mcnair@unimelb.edu.au
Vikki Sinnott - vikki@vlsinnott.com.au 

From Surviving to Thriving: Refugee Journeys
4 October, Liverpool Hospital

An opportunity to hear and share stories of strength and resilience.

Organised by the South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration, this symposium aims to enhance mental wellbeing through collective impact.

The symposium's goals also include: 

  • Focus on ways to strengthen mental wellbeing
  • Bring together refugees, asylum seekers and local community services to develop recommendations for policy makers and organisations
  • Identify issues and solutions
  • Hear about and build on strengths in the refugee community
  • Discuss the diverse challenges to wellbeing
  • Develop strategies for collective impact

Who should attend?

  • Representatives from refugee and asylum seeker communities
  • Refugee and asylum seeker support organisations
  • Researchers and academics
  • Service Providers, funding bodies and policy makers

Keynote speaker: Munjed Al Muderis

Early bird registration (closes September 4) - $80
Full registration (closes 27 September) - $100
Some scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers available, contact 4629 5436 for details

Where: Liverpool Hospital

When: Wednesday 4 October, 8.00am-5.00pm

More information and registration
For further information or to register, visit from-surviving-to-thriving.eventbrite.com.au, or email Emily.Mason@sswahs.nsw.gov.au or call 4629 5436.

Workshops in Mental Health Skills Training and CPD for GPs
7-9 October, Parramatta

This three-day workshop is designed to educate and instruct GPs in key Focused Psychological Therapies. Education and skills training will be provided in Motivational Interviewing, Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Relaxation Therapy and Mindfulness.

Instruction and training will be provided by A/Prof Grant Blashki (University of Melbourne), Dr Catherine Cahill and Ms Natalie Glaser in formats that are both informative and interactive.


  • GPMHSC approved for Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) Skills training and CPD
  • RACGP 40 QICPD points • ACRRM 30 PRPD points

Where: HETI Higher Education, North Parramatta Campus, 5 Fleet St, North Parramatta
When: Saturday 7 - Monday 9 October 
Cost: $795 

Registration and more information
Website - www.heti.edu.au/gpworkshop
Email - info@heti.edu.au

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Infant Feeding: In Whose Interest?
12-13 October, 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 a breastfeeding 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.

Sutherland Heart Clinic: When Should I Be Worried?
October-November, Sutherland

This Series can help you with your RACGP PLAN (Planning Learning And Need)

Thursday 12th October

Murmurs: When should I be worried? Dr George Youssef 
Atrial Fibrillation: When should I be worried? Dr Suresh Singarayar 

Thursday 23rd November 
ECGs: When should I be worried? Dr Eugene Loh 
Chest pain: When should I be worried?” Dr Shiva Roy

All modules take place at Where: Sutherland Heart Clinic, Sutherland Hospital, The Kingsway, Caringbah, from 6.30pm to 9.15pm

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Cunningham Centre for Palliative Care courses
October, Darlinghurst

  • Advance Care Planning - 13 October 2017
  • Communication Skills in working with Bereaved People - 26 October
  • Management of Symptoms in Advanced Illness - 30-31 October

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

Concord Clinical Day 2017 | ANZAC Research Institute 16th Annual Symposium
20 October, Concord

Speakers include Ian Kerridge (University of Sydney), Richard Kitching (Monash University) and Meg Jardine (Concord Repatriation General Hospital)
All staff and students welcome.

Where: Main Auditorium, Medical Education Centre - Building 26, Concord Repatriation General Hospital
When: Friday October 20. 8.30am breakfast for 8.00am start.
Cost: Admission free

For further information, email Winston Cheung winston.cheung@sswahs.nsw.gov.au or Julie Taranto jtaranto@anzac.edu.au.

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Women’s health – GP Seminar
21 October, North Sydney

Numbers are limited

Category 1  Event : Gynaecology & Obstetrics.

Presented by the Mater Hospital, the seminar will be structured around interactive case-based discussions. GPs are also encouraged to submit their own cases for review.  

Where: Poche Centre, 40 Rocklands Rd, North Sydney (opposite Mater Hospital)
When: Saturday 21 October, 8.30am-4.30pm

More information:
Email rosemary.jandura@svha.org.au or call 9900 7475.

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Breathe Easy: Management of Respiratory Disorders for Healthcare Professionals
21 October, Glebe

Info: The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Glebe, Sydney is offering a FREE full day symposium. World renowned Woolcock researchers and clinical experts will cover the key recommendations for recognising, diagnosing and managing patients with asthma and COPD.
About this course: An application will be submitted to the RACGP for this activity to be accredited for 14 Category 2 points, as part of the RACGP Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development Program in the 2017-19 Triennium. Activity number to be allocated.

Where: Woolcock Institute, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
When: Saturday, 21 October 2017. 8.15am - 5.15pm
Cost: Free. Catering provided.
RSVP: breatheeasy2017.eventbrite.com.au

Motivational Interviewing in General Practice – Effective Strategies for Change
21 October, Surry Hills

Dr Monica Moore, in association with the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine (ASPM), will be presenting a one-day workshop on Motivational Interviewing for GPs.

Dr Monica Moore is a GP with extensive experience in both General Practice and counselling. This workshop is designed to expand your knowledge of Motivational Interviewing skills and increase your confidence in integrating Motivational Interviewing into your work. It will help you to engage patients in discussions about their health, collaborate on goals, and deal with discord and patients who are stuck.

Where: Cambridge Hotel, 212 Riley St, Surry Hills
When: Saturday 21 October, 8.30am-5.00pm
Cost: ASPM member - $330; non-ASPM member - $375

Email Dr Monica Moore at  gpcounsellintraining@gmail.com.

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Chronic nocturnal use of humidified nasal high flow oxygen in COPD patietns – effects on exacerbations and hospitalizations

Our keynote speaker, Associate Professor Ulla Weinreich, MD, PhD, is a Senior Consultant at Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark working primarily in COPD pathophysiology and epidemiology. She will present the results of a landmark study on the long-term use of myAIRVO in COPD patients, and its effect on exacerbation rates and hospital admissions. In addition, Line Storgaard will present on the practicalities of managing this large patient group in the home. Drinks and canapés provided.

When: Monday, 30 October 2017. 5pm - 7pm
Location: Woolcock Institute, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Cost: Free
RSVP: copdevent2017.eventbrite.com.au

GP Psychological Medicine Training - for GPs, by GPs
November, 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.


  • 4-5 November

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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

Open your mouth! HIV and oral health interventions for non-dental professionals
6 November to 1 December, Surry Hills

A four-week interactive, facilitated online course providing information on oral health interventions for people with or at risk of HIV.

Topics covered include: 

  • Recognising oral health problems in people living with HIV
  • Nutrition, oral health and HIV links
  • Practical advice for immediate relief and prevention of oral health issues
  • Screening tools
  • Referral pathways for treatment

    Who should attend?
    Nurses, GPs, allied health, welfare, community, or health promotion workers with clients who have, or are at risk of, HIV infection

    Participants will need an email address and access to the internet and will be expected to spend approximately three hours per week for four weeks to complete the course. The course is counted as 1.5 days (or 12 hours) of study. There will be no set time to be online. Participants can complete activities at a time that suits them.

    Where: Online
    6 November to 1 December

    Registration and enquiries
    Contact Albion Education:
    Email - education@thealbioncentre.org.au
    hone - 9332 9720
    Fax - 9360 4387
    Website: thealbioncentre.org.au/education-training

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.

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

External education opportunities

St George/Sutherland Orthopaedic and Arthritis Symposium
9 September, Brighton-Le-Sands
Convenors Robert Molnar and Geoff Smith will take you through this one-day seminar designed for GPs will cover a range of related topics to bring you up-to-date with the latest in orthopaedic and arthritis management.
Topics include:
Osteoarthritis management
What works
What does not work
What is new
Opinions of non-operative management
What investigations to order
Rheumatology investigations and management
Sports medicine
Pain management
Examination techniques
Where: Novotel Brighton Beach, The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands
When: 9.00am-5.00pm, Saturday 9 September
Cost: Free of charge for GPs. Places are limited, please book early.
Enquiries: Marina Zimmermann 
Telephone: (02) 9113 2830 
Email: marina.zimmermann@health.nsw.gov.au