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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) annual conference
The theme of the conference is Individual. Family. Community. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and peers from both Australia and overseas through the exciting social program. Registrations open in May.
The conference will include the following streams, as well as a strong focus on rural health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and e-health:
- clinical skills across general practice
- musculoskeletal medicine
- pain management and chronic conditions
- education and training and
- business in practice.
This year's Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) conference in Darwin was extremely well attended, attracting around 1,000 delegates. The conference provided GPs with excellent opportunities to network, learn, exchange knowledge and engage in activities which generate College CPD points.
As in previous years, Indigenous health was an important focus of the conference.
- The National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health hosted a guest lounge in the exhibition hall, where GPs and other delegates could drop in and 'have a yarn' with Faculty staff.
- This year, four RACGP Fellows of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent were awarded Fellowship of the RACGP at the GP13 Academic session.
- Dr Theresa Maresca from the United States delivered a powerful plenary entitled What American Indian communities can teach general practitioners.
- Conference presentations were given by experts on various Indigenous health topics, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye examinations, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the Indigenous health workforce, progress towards 'closing the gap', Indigenous medical training, and working in Aboriginal Medical Services.
- The RACGP's National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health conducted its annual member meeting in conjunction with the conference.
- Organisations with an Indigenous health affiliation, including Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE), Remote Area Health Corps, Remote Vocational Training Scheme and Tropical Medical Training, exhibited at the conference. NTGPE doctors and affiliates had a strong presence at the conference, wearing shirts printed with the 'cheeky dog' motif by Indigenous artist Dion Beasley to promote general practice in the NT.
Kathy Ride and Miranda Poynton from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet ran an information cafe in the exhibition hall during the conference. The cafe provided delegates with information about the new ClinicalInfoNet website, which provides GPs, nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers with easy access to Indigenous chronic disease resources. The feedback about the ClinicalInfoNet was positive, with many delegates commenting on the user-friendliness of the website and the usefulness of locating resources in one place.
More information about the HealthInfoNet cafes
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Ph: (03) 8699 0533
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