External events

An Ageing Medicine Update - anticholinergic burden and the interface between brain and bladder

The Specialists Ageing of Medicine Centre is excited to invite you to an evening meeting directed towards GPs who visit residential care facilities and/or have a special interest in aged care.

Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018
Time: 6.30 pm registration, 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm presentation
Location: Randwick Specialist Centre, 151 Belmore Road, Randwick, 2031
RSVP: Millicent Fox, 0411 187 610, millicent.fox@astellas-au.com

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Nurseforce for the Future - APNA National Conference

APNA’s 10th national conference for nurses working in primary health care will continue its longstanding reputation for relevant, quality CPD and valuable networking; harnessing the aspirations and expertise of the diverse delegation; inspiring personal and professional growth.

Date: 10 May 2018 - 12 May 2018
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Website: https://www.apna.asn.au/conference-2018

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The Substance Use in Pregnancy Conference

Exciting and innovative speakers who will discuss topics pertinent to clinical practice, policy change and research and how we can all work together to improve the lives of vulnerable mothers and their families, affected by substance use disorders.

Date: 17-18 May 2018
Location: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, University of New South Wales, Randwick, NSW
Cost: $350 for two days

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PC4 Symposium

PC4 is happy to announce that our 2018 Scientific Symposium will be held on Friday 25 May in Sydney. The symposium is a multidisciplinary meeting that not only showcases PC4 supported research but also the best primary care and cancer research from around Australia.

The symposium will cover the cancer continuum, including prevention and early diagnosis; shared care and survivorship; and palliative care. PC4 has registered with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and are approved for QI & CPD 2017-19 Accredited Activity Category 2 – 9 points.

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Palliative Care Courses

The Cunningham Centre for Palliative Care are running a number of courses from March 2018 - October 2018.

Courses include:

  • Palliative Care Perspectives 
  • Symptom Management in Palliative Care
  • Introduction to Grief and Bereavement 
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Psychological Care for people who are Bereaved

For more details on the courses or to register document see the flyer (107 KB) .

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

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

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.

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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

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