External events

Obesity: A new cancer problem

The program will include rapid fire presentations from key leaders in the field and an interactive panel discussion focusing on three key areas:

  • Basic science research
  • Clinical and surgical research
  • Management in the community

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Mercy Perinatal Improving Maternity Care (iMAC)

The inaugural iMAC meeting is designed to encompass topics relevant to every day practice for maternity care providers. Our expert speakers will discuss perinatal infections, how to manage reduced fetal movements, fetal monitoring in labour and the role of scalp lactate, NIPT and many other topics of interest to those involved in the care of women in pregnancy or in labour. This meeting is designed to suit midwives, GP obstetricians, trainees and anyone who provides maternity care.

Date: 20 July 2018
Location: Park Hyatt Melbourne

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Mercy Perinatal Medical Disorders in Pregnancy (MDIP)

MDIP will be running for the third time and once again is designed to be practical day covering all your favourite medical disorders. This year we have a sensational line-up of eminent speakers who will discuss topics of interest to the clinician at the coal-face. Hear about epilepsy in pregnancy, critical care and maternal resuscitation, viral hepatitis, contraception decision making in complex medical patients and so much more. This is a perfect one day update for specialists, GPs, midwives and trainees.

Date: 21 July 2018
Location: Park Hyatt Melbourne

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2018 Primary Health Care Research Conference

The 2018 Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference is the place to present, hear, network, debate and spark dynamic ideas that improve health. Stay current with recent PHC developments, trends and news; build relationships with leaders in the field; develop intersectoral ideas and exchange fresh perspectives across the wider health system.

This year’s theme is "Measuring and Improving Value in Primary Health Care".

Date: 1-3 August 2018
Location: Pullman Melbourne on the Park 

Click here for more information and to register.

Menopause Essentials Update

The AMS Board is pleased to present this Menopause Update: Focus on genitourinary issues in association with the 44th ASPOG Annual Scientific Meeting.

This workshop is targeted at all GPs, specialists, allied health workers and other health professionals who are interested in the genitourinary conditions specifi c to menopause and general women’s midlife health.

Date: Thursday 2 August, 2018
Location: Western Sydney University, Paramatta NSW

Click here for more information and to register.

Webinar: The art of rural 'locuming', how your skills are transferable

Are you looking for a sea or tree change? Are you looking for new experiences or a bit of an adventure?

RACGP Rural is pleased to offer this webinar that aims to provide you with insight into what rural GP locum work involves, and provide you with the tools to successfully locum in rural and remote communities. Hear from experienced GP locums about the challenges and rewards, and have your questions answered.

Date: Thursday 9 August 2018
Time: 8.00 - 9.00pm
Cost: RACGP member $44/non-member $55

For more information click here or contact RACGP Rural via email rural@racgp.org.au or telephone 1800 636 764.

Eating Disorder Essentials

This five day course provides a solid foundation to enable you to successfully recognise and treat a range of eating disorders. This comprehensive eating disorders course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. You will learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help to recover from their eating disorder.

Date: 20-24 August 2018
Registration: www.acfed.com.au or phone 0421 747 129

Successes and Failures in Telehealth Annual Meeting

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health in conjunction with the Australasian Telehealth Society is very pleased to announce plans for the 2018 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-18). SFT-18 and the 9th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 22-24 October 2018.

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Psychological Approaches for Obesity

This three day course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing. We take a non-diet approach and concentrate instead on equipping people with skills and solutions they might need to increase self efficacy and autonomy. Our approach encourages individuals to reject weight and shape goals and to concentrate instead on health behaviour change and body acceptance.

Date: 12-14 November 2018
Registration: www.acfed.com.au or phone 0421 747 129

Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator Course: Body Project and Project Health

This facilitator course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups the Body Project & Project Health with young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments. 

Date: 29-30 November 2018
Registration: www.acfed.com.au or phone 0421 747 129

Mercy Perinatal Global Obstetric Update

For the 4th consecutive year, be inspired by international experts on the hottest topics in obstetrics at the Global Obstetric Update 2018. This year we will be focussing on “the placenta gone rogue”. Hear from renowned international speakers including Professors Gordon Smith, Jane Norman, and Kjersti Aagaard and Drs Jenny Myers and Ed Johnston. There will be practical plenary sessions, pitched to clinicians on classic topics such as growth restriction, stillbirth, preeclampsia and hypertension. We will also update you with the latest on the management of Zika virus, vaginal seeding, the cervix and PPH, and much much more.

Date: 30 November – 1 December 2018
Location: Park Hyatt Melbourne

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Online course: Primary Care Nursing

Developed by experienced Primary Care Nurses and General Practitioners the Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Primary Care Nursing offers tailored and relevant education for Nurses working in the Australian Primary Care Setting.

These courses offer the opportunity to develop and consolidate professional and clinical knowledge. The courses complement previous workplace experience and reflect the latest policy and practice developments in Primary Care.

Applications are now open for semester two: closing date 31 May (we will consider late applications).


Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing: http://mdhs-study.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/graduate-certificate-in-primary-care-nursing/overview

Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing: http://mdhs-study.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/graduate-diploma-in-primary-care-nursing/overview

Community Access Program for Single Subjects: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/courses/single_subject_studies

Scholarships: The Health Workforce Scholarship Program in your state is still open and can be used by nurses to complete graduate education. See https://www.nswrdn.com.au/site/index.cfm?display=656312.

Webinars: MOVE muscle, bone and joint health

MOVE muscle, bone and joint health currently run professional development for primary and community health professionals through our webinars. The webinars have a focus on musculoskeletal health and cover a range of different topics and conditions. All of our webinars are presented by leading health professionals and academics, relevant to the topic. Our webinars are accessed by physiotherapists, allied health staff, nurses, exercise physiologists, doctors and a range of other health professionals.

We currently have a series of five webinars, with one webinar presented each month from February to June. We will have a second series of five webinars from July to November this year also.

Click here for more information and to access the webinars.

Breathe Easy: Management of Respiratory Disorders for Healthcare Professionals - E-Learning Activity

World-renowned Woolcock researchers and clinical experts cover the key recommendations for recognising, diagnosing and managing patients with asthma and COPD.

Click here for more information.

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

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

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