External events

Paediatric Masterclass for general Practice 2019

This is the fifth year of the popular Paediatric Masterclass for General Practice at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, which is fast becoming a key annual event for general practice education in Queensland. The one-day Masterclass offers informative and interactive sessions on a range of child health topics delivered by QCH paediatricians and subspecialists.

 Saturday 12 October 2019

Register:  ivvy.com.au/event/QCH19

Contact:  CHQ.GPLO@health.qld.gov.au

 For more information click here. 

Neurostimulation: An established drug-free therapy for chronic conditions that can improve quality of life

Neurostimulation for chronic pain, bladder conditions, & movement disorders in the context of the opioid crisis. Free educational event prior to the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) 14th World Congress for the general public and medical practitioners. INS national and international experts will address neurostimulation therapies in the context of the U.S. opioid crisis. Patients, a medical school professor, and pain management physicians, neurosurgeons and a urological surgeon will present about their respective topics: spinal cord stimulation for chronic back pain, sacral nerve stimulation for overactive bladder, and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. General practitioner Dr Sally Cockburn will emcee Q&A discussion with the panelists. (4 EACCME credits) International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Conference Room C2.3, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.

 26 May 2019

Free Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neurostimulation-for-chronic-pain-bladder-conditions-movement-disorders-tickets-53840225564

The Amazing Race 2019

Help us help those impacted by anxiety and depression by joining us for The Amazing Race! 3 million Australians are living with a mood disorder and our support services have never been in higher demand. Too many lives are lost because of a lack of support services.

 Sunday  5 May  2019

Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm

Location: Centennial Park

Cost: $35 each or $120 for a team of 4

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-amazing-race-2019-tickets-56015609195

Contact:  cristina.poon@moodactive.com.au


Companion Training for the seasons for growth children and young people's program

Seasons for Growth is an innovative education program for children and young people in primary and secondary schools which explores the effects of change, loss and grief. 

Facilitated by trained companions within small "peer" group, the participants explore feelings, memories, loss and grief in a safe and creative way. Seasons for Growth is an educational program. It does not provide counselling or therapy. 

Date: Wednesday  1 & 2 May 2019

Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm

Location: Mary MacKillop Place - Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060

Cost: $650 per person (includes Companion manual, journal and lunch)

 RSVP: louise.hall@goodgrief.org.au or 02 89122700

 Register: www.goodgrief.org.au/product/639  Training code (SKU): YN190501

Click here  for more information.


NCIRS Seminar/Webinar: Protecting our most vulnerable children from influenza: we can do better


Influenza infection can be severe in children with combined chronic conditions. As a group protection via annual flu vaccination is particularly important.

This seminar will cover the 2019 flu vaccine, safety and effectiveness data, especially in children with chronic lung diseases and new strategies to increase flu vaccine coverage in our most vulnerable children.

Date: Wednesday  1 May 2019


Time: 1.00pm

Location: Kids Research Seminar Room, Kids Research Building, 178 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW, 2145 (This session will also be available via zoom webinar for those participating remotely.)

Click here  for more information.


"First Do No Harm" Effective opiod use for improved patient outcomes

Opioid prescribing is undergoing o revolution in recommendations and clinician attitude. Despite some public information, there appears little similar change among patients, leading to a mismatch in GP/patient expectations. The need to differentiate the two main classes of analgesics, conventional pure mu-opioids and atypical opioids, is imperative as they have different analgesic profiles and different serious adverse event rotes. This webinar is designed to give the General Practitioner a comprehensive overview of current recommended best practice in atypical opioid prescribing, conventional pure mu-opioid prescribing, opioid harm profile and opioid interactions with gabapentinaids and medicinal cannabinaids. This webinar will also outline haw prescribing should be deployed within a practical multidisciplinary delivery of care model.

 Tuesday 7 May 2019

Time: 7.00pm

Location: Cafe at Waterview, Bicentennial Ave, Sydney Olympic Park 

RSVP: Liz.Macerola@seqirus.com

Click here for more information.


Screening and Prescribing for pregnant women with mood disorder: the risks vs the benefits (Professor Marie-Paule Austin)

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019

Time: 6.30pm dinner followed by 7.00pm seminar

Location: St John of God Burwood Hospital, Education Centre 13 Grantham Street, Burwood

Parking: Available behind the Medical Centre, 3 Grantham Street, Burwood

RSVP: Fax Back (overleaf) by Thursday 18th April, 2019 or email acceptance to filomena.cavallaro@sjog.org.au

Click here for more information.


Disciplinary event focused on respiratory RACGP accredited sessions

Date: Saturday 15 June 2019

Time: 9 00am

Location: Pullman Sydney Olympic Park 9 Olympic Blvd, Sydney NSW


  • Asthma (CPD Accredited)

  • Pertusis risk in respiratory (CPD accredited)

  • CPD (CPD Accredited)

  • Spirometry

Click here for more information.


ACRRM’s Advanced Life Support course comes to Sydney, NSW

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) run a full day accredited Advanced Life Support (ALS) course to meet the needs of general practitioners in the management of common emergencies in rural practice, and it’s coming to Sydney, NSW on 11 May 2019.

ALS provides an understanding of both basic and advanced life support, specifically focusing on issues that may arise for rural practitioners.

Conducted by expert emergency medicine instructors who are experienced in rural general practice, this hands-on course incorporates key aspects of Advanced Life Support skills in accordance with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.

Participants will receive 10 ALS and 20 PRPD points, with ACRRM members receiving a discount to attend.

Register for ALS on the ACRRM website.

Prefer to talk to someone? Contact the ACRRM courses team on 1800 223 226 or email courses@acrrm.org.au or visit the ACRRM website to see where else ALS is travelling to in 2019.


RACGP 2019 'Yagila Wadamba' Learn to Heal 

Date: May 18-19 2019

Saturday: 8.30am - 5.30pm, 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am - 5.30pm, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Who: practitioners in cardiology, obstetrics & gynaecology, midwifery, emergency medicine, nursing, oncology, general practice, community and public health.

Location: Melbourne (Venue details to be provided upon registration confirmation)

Cost: Free (The program will include workshop material, morning tea and lunch/dinner)


Would you like to have the opportunity to spend time with your colleagues in an informal setting to learn about the RACGP’s written exams and how to study effectively? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to be part of RACGP’s 2019 ‘Yagila Wadamba’: Learn to Heal. This two day program has been created just for you. To support you, not only in performing your best in the written exams but to ensure that you thrive throughout your career in general practice. Our presenters will offer you excellent guidance on how to best tackle exam questions, providing you the best available resources and an overview of the most effective study techniques, including their personal accounts, having sat the written exam. We understand that the written exams are only part of this picture. In conjunction with the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) and the Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN), we will be seeking your advice on how we can further support you through the GP training program. This workshop offers a safe space to hear each other’s stories, share and understand culture and family with your peers. Whatever future you envision, we hope to help you reach it, and this workshop will offer guidance across a range of areas including how to manage stress effectively and ensure a work/life balance. So if you are looking for support with GP training, exam preparation and how to manage the stress, please RSVP by emailing aboriginalhealth@racgp.org.au or contact us on 03 8699 0528 if you require further information. Places are limited, so please register early in order to avoid disappointment.

RSVP:  Monday 22 April 2019

Click here for more information.

Heart Foundation’s 2019 Women & Heart Disease Forum

Date: June 19 2019; 9.00am - 5.00pm

Who: practitioners in cardiology, obstetrics & gynaecology, midwifery, emergency medicine, nursing, oncology, general practice, community and public health.

Location: Roundhouse, UNSW Kensington


  • Bring together leaders in clinical care, research, community health leaders and women who have experienced heart disease to describe issues and develop strategies to improve women’s heart health.

  • Identify emerging opportunities to impact on women’s heart health trajectories using a life course approach.

  • Assess the need for a gender and sex perspective in relation to the experience of heart disease in women as well as to research and cardiology professions.

Click here for more information.

New treatment paradigms in sever eosinophilic asthma

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019

Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Location: Crystal Seafood Restaurant, 29/11 The Boulevarde, Strathfield

Click here for more information.

Short Course in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility & Genetic Carrier Screening

A 1 or 2 day course with interactive sessions and access to experts within reproductive health, fertility and genetics. This course is accredited for RACGP CPD points.

To read more about the the course download the flyer pdf here (296 KB)

Date: Wednesday 8 May and Thursday 9 May 

Time:  9am - 4:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 302, The Medical Foundation Building (K25), Parramatta Road, The University of Sydney

Register:  To register for the short course please click here

Day 1: 152363

Day 2: 152372

Registration Fees

Day 1: $200

Day 2: $200

Day 1 & Day 2: $350

Contact:  For any queries please contact Dr Edwina Dorney at edwina.dorney@sydney.edu.au

The Sydney Practical Diabetes Forum at RPA Hospital Diabetes Centre and University of Sydney

The RPA Diabetes Centre (University of Sydney) invites you to the inaugural METADiAB Forum. Attendees of the Forum will gain practical insights into the latest thinking and guidance in the management of diabetes and metabolic health. The emphasis will be on real-world issues and changes that can be implemented in your clinical practice the following week. The Forum will be interactive, case-based, and with ample time for discussion and questions. It is free to attend for General Practitioners and it has been accredited by the RACGP for 40 Category 1 CPD points. We look forward to your participation at this exciting new educational initiative.


Date: Saturday 6 April 2019

Venue: Kerry Packer Conference Centre Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Rd, Camperdown, NSW

Register: For further information about the METADiAB Forum and to register please go to https://meetings.medkom.com.au/metadiab/19

Click here to download the flyer. 

Lung Health Promotion Centre at The Alfred for 2019

The Centre is unique in Australia and offers quality, objective education programs for health professionals in respiratory disease management.

We have a number of courses scheduled from February to April, as detailed below:

Victorian Respiratory Professional Development Day (18 February) – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=436429

Smoking Cessation Update (22 February) – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=457182

Asthma Educator’s Course (13 – 15 March) – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=451874

Smoking Cessation Course (21 – 22 March) – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=458071

COPD: From Diagnosis to Management (4 – 5 April) – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=459366

The Alfred, Melbourne

For general enquiries email enquiry@lunghealth.org.au

CPD courses at the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

ACN is proud to share our NSW regional and metro short face-to-face CPD courses to assist you in achieving the hours required by the NMBA for annual renewal and authority to practice. ACN also has webinars and online CPD courses available.

Click here to view the available courses. 


The RPA Diabetes Centrre (the University of Sydney) invites you to the inaugural METADiAB Forum. Attendees of the Forum will gain practical insights into the latest thinking and guidance in the management of diabetes and metabolic health. The emphasis will be on real-world issues and changes that can be implemented in your clinical practice the following week. The Forum will be interactive, case-based, and with ample time for discussion and questions. It is free to attend fo general practitioners and it has been accredited by the RACGP for 40 Category 1 CPD points. 

Date: Saturday 6 April 2019

Venue: Kerry Packer Conference Centre - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown 

Register: Click here for further information and to register.

Foundations of General Practice nursing workshop

General practice nursing is unlike other areas of nursing practice. Attending this workshop is the perfect way to build on your expertise and engage with nurses in your local area. Whether you're new or experienced in the general practice setting, there's something for you to learn. The workshop will see you gain up to twelve hours of essential CPD.

Workshops are held on 10 and 11 May 2019 and 18 and 19 October 2019.

Click here to find out more and to register. Contact events@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184 if you have queries.

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.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People

Every year this event attracts over 6000 delegates and positively impacts the lives of over 500 000 young people. This single-day seminar is recommended for professionals, parents and anyone who supports young people and consists of 9 expert presentations providing research-based, practical advice and strategies that delegates can use to make real change in the lives of the young people they support.

Friday 2 August 2019, 9.00 a, - 5.00 pm

Click here for more information.

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.

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

Virtually There 2018
Australia's largest online GP conference.

Seven huge streams, over 70 on demand lectures on Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Dementia and Chronic Disease, Urology, Asthma, Women's Health and Urgent Care for GPs.

Dates: 11 - 30 October 2018

Venue: virtuallythereconference.com.au

For more information and to register visit virtuallythereconference.com.au.

Introduction to Dermoscopy Workshop