In practice: Follow the experience of general practitioners on digital tools

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The RACGP is conducting a survey to understand the systems used in general practices, technological challenges and future investments required.

General practitioners are invited to give their opinion on the use of digital health tools in their practices.


This week’s In Practice summary also includes updates on CPD, the college’s work with Foodbank, and the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine webinars online.

Membership survey: Digital tools in general medicine
The use of digital in Australian GP surgeries is constantly evolving and accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a sharp increase in the tools used to support remote patient care.

The RACGP is conducting a survey to understand the systems used in general medicine, the future investments required and the technological challenges faced by general practitioners and their teams.

The college invites general practitioners and practice teams to complete a short, anonymous survey to provide their views and opinions.

Contact the RACGP Technology and Practice Management team with any questions.

25 additional CPD points for COVID-19 response
The RACGP awarded 25 additional continuing professional development (CPD) points to all general practitioners participating in the CPD program for the work they undertook throughout 2021.

The points, equivalent to 12.5 hours of non-accredited educational activities, are intended to recognize the rapid and continuing training required of general practitioners since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The additional CPD points are on top of anything GPs have already downloaded for COVID-19 related activities.

New COVID-19 accredited self-directed activity
The RACGP has also developed a new accredited self-directed CPD activity worth 40 points, to recognize the in-depth professional development and quality improvement undertaken by many general practitioners as a requirement of their pandemic response and of their modified practices.

The new activity will help GPs reflect on learning and easily record it in the myCPD dashboard. The activity is accessible via the myCPD dashboard.

Christmas call from the food bank
RACGP and the Food Bank are working together to encourage members to donate to this year’s Food Bank Christmas Appeal.

Food Bank programs provide healthy and nutritious food to food insecure Australians. Many Australians have been rigorous throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and Foodbank has seen a 47% increase in demand for food aid since the pandemic was declared.

Working on the front lines and communicating with their communities on a daily basis, GPs have seen these difficulties firsthand.

Melbourne GP Dr Nathan Pinskier and OnSite Doctor are encouraging GPs to support this important cause and will provide up to $ 100,000 in donations.

The generosity of GPs will make a big difference in the lives of many Australians – for every dollar donated, two meals are created. Donate online.

Reluctance to vaccination and effectiveness of practices
Webinar: Thursday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. AEST

Part of RACGP’s webinar series on the Unique Challenges Facing COVID Vaccine Deployment, this free webinar will explore strategies for engaging patients hesitant to vaccinate.

Information on side effects, Moderna vaccines and mRNA-1273, booster doses and mixed vaccines will be covered. Ways to make general practices more efficient in administering vaccines and lessons learned throughout the pandemic to date will also be discussed.

Sign up online.

Strengthen the financial situation of your practice during a pandemic
“In the fourth edition of our CommwealthBank GP Insights report, we explore how the economics of managing a practice have changed in the midst of the pandemic. We take a close look at the allocation of high technology budgets, the success of telehealth, and the operational and financial impact of the current immunization program. Importantly, we also hear from patients about their practice experience.

This is Caitlin Wilson, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at CommBank Health, speaking at the recent RACGP Webinar on General Practice Finance.

A recording of the webinar is now available for GPs to compare and understand strategies that can help their practice navigate what lies ahead.

Primary Care Dermatology Certificate
Are your dermatology skills only superficial?

The RACGP Primary Care Dermatology Certificate was developed to help GPs and GPs in training increase their expertise and confidence when faced with dermatological cases in their practice.

Registration for the certificate can be done at any time of the year and be completed at the pace of the participants within three years.

Participants can register per course or register in advance for the entire certificate, saving $ 1,125 on course fees. Sign up online.

In-person workshops have now been announced for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2022, pending COVID-19 restrictions. More information is available on the RACGP website.

The RACGP Primary Care Dermatology Certificate is supported by Sonic Healthcare.

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