We run and sponsor a number of CPD events each year pertaining to the needs of general practice.
NBM PHN Events
As a corporate member of Wentworth Healthcare, CPD Events are open to Nepean GP Network members. Click the Wentworth Logo to be directed to the NBM PHN listed events.
Nepean GP Network Events
Doctors without Boarders Friday 7th December 2018 Speaker: Dr Lisa Umphrey, MD At the core of Médecins Sans Frontières’ identity is a commitment to independence, neutrality and impartiality. These ideals have driven every aspect of their important work – from medical care and logistics to finance and communications. Set up in 1984 the Médecins Sans Frontières Australia office sends and supports approximately 200 Australians and New Zealanders into the field every year. With projects currently running in nearly 70 countries, Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is working globally from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe supporting people where the needs are greatest. Learning Outcomes/Topics: How paediatric and neonatal care is provided in the context of a large, humanitarian organisation, and what challenges/successes MSF has had through the years. Have an understanding the work projects being conducted from the Médecins Sans Frontières Australia office. Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 5th December 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Assessing "Fitness to Drive in Older People Friday 2nd November 2018 Speakers: Dr M Meng Chew, Staff Specialist Geriatrician & Nick Rosser Heakth Pathways Mngr Learning Outcomes/Topics: Driving assessments and criteria for patients over 75yrs Special examinations and tests for assessing fitness to drive Resources and downloads for assessing fitness to drive HealthPathways - discussion and ideas around Falls Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 31st October 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Musculoskeletal Medicine for GPs CAT 1 Course Saturday 8th Sept & 22nd Sept 2018 We are pleased to be partnering with One Point Health after the successful courses last year. Unfortunately this CPD was cancelled due to lack of numbers DAY 1.Musculoskeletal medicine of the lower limb Module 1: Tendon and fascia conditions of the lower limb Module 2: Common sports injuries of the lower limb Time: 9 AM until 1.30 PM Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 024732 5188 Where: 510-536 High Street Penrith See the attachment for details of this event
Surgical Perspectives: Breast & Endocrine Friday 3rd August 2018 Speaker: A/Prof Senarath Edirimanne Prof Edirimanne is a Specialist Breast (Oncological and Oncoplastic), Endocrine (Thyroid/Parathyroid/Adrenal) & General Surgeon. Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney. He consult patients in Kingswood, Richmond and Bella Vista and operates at Nepean Public, Nepean Private, Norwest Private and Blue Mountains District Hospitals.
Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 1st August 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Medical Disorders and in Pregnancy: Friday 1st June 2018 Speaker: Dr Ishwari Casikar This session will focus on: With respect to Medical Disorders in pregnancy the following areas will be addressed: · Hypertension · Gestational Diabetes · Thyroid Disease · Obesity Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 30th May 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Approaches to weight loss management in General PracticeFriday 4th May 2018 Speaker: Dr Kris Park Obesity is a complex, chronic, relapsing condition and, along with ageing, is the greatest contributing factor to chronic disease burden in our society. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the facts around weight loss among health professionals and the general public This session will focus on:
Dispelling the myths and misinformation
Discussing the roles of nutrition, exercise and sleep
Explaining the relationship between obesity and chronic disease
Accessing referral pathways in our region
Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 2nd May 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Pain Management Post Codeine Era Friday 6th April 2018 Dr Susahama Deshpande ia specialist Pain Physician currently working at Nepean Hospital. She has a widespread interest in chronic pain including a particular interest in interventional management of chronic pain, cancer pain and neuropathic pain. This session will focus on Pain Management in the post codeine era. Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 4th April 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell LymphomaMonday 16th April 2018 In partnership with Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary and Mentor, the NGPN is proud to be promoting Breast Cancer awareness. Local Specialist Dr Rohit Kumar will present an informative talk on "What to tell your patients" on the relative new condition being detected in women who have had breast implant surgery. Symptoms and signs as well as the latest detection and investigation options and current treatment options will be discussed. Time: 6:30 PM until 8 PM Where: One Point Health 510/536 High St PENRITH RSVP:1300 267 726 for catering See the attachment for details of this event
Health Pathways in Action Friday 2nd March 2018 HealthPathways empowers clinicians with locally agreed information to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care. HealthPathways is designed and written for use during a consultation. Presented by: Dr Hany Gayed, GP and Clinical Editor, HealthPathways Nepean Blue Mountains Nick Rosser, HealthPathways Manager, NBM PHN Learning Outcomes/Topics:
Know what HealthPathways is: its purpose and use; its difference from formal guidelines and its layout and functionality.
Identify how patients with a particular condition will be managed in the local context inclusive of appropriate localised referral pathways
Learn how to access it and incorporate it into patient consultations.
Provide feedback on a particular pathway
Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 28th February 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients Friday 2nd February 2018 Presented by local Urologist, A/Professor Ceci Verol. Learning Outcomes/Topics: Prostate issues Cancer issues in men Outlining procedures and tests involved in diagnosing prostate cancer Treatment options available including Focal Laser Therapy Understanding outcomes of various treatments Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 31th January 2018 See the attachment for details of this event
Clown Doctor Program: Scope & Impact Friday 1st December 2017 Presented by Lou Pollard AKA Dr. Quack of the Humour Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting the health benefits of humour, on topics including the work of the Clown Doctors and how to relieve stress with laughter.
Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Wednesday 29th November 2017 See the attachment for details of this event
Diabetes - Diagnosis & Management Friday 3rd November 2017 Presented by Dr Ivan Kuo local Specialist in endocrinology with a practice located in Kingswood. Topics covered include:
Evidence based practice
How to choose amongst newer agents
Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By Tuesday 31st October 2017 See the attachment for details of this event
Domestic Violence - How to respond, Where to Refer. Friday 1st September and Friday 6th October 2017 This event is a two part series that addresses the issues relating to Domestic Violence in our community. It poses challenges for Clinicians and patient alike. TopicsCovered include: Distinguishing myth from fact Recognising the individual and societal impact of DV How to document DV injuries and know what to examine Compliance with your mandatory reporting requirements Initiating conversation with patients who might be at risk Speakers Dr Maria Nittis Head of Forensic Medical Unit, NBMLHD Shannon Hall & Natasha McGing Integrated Violence Prevention and Response Services (IVPRS), NBMLHD Clare Darling Health Promotions Unit, NBMLHD. Caitlin Comensoli Western Sydney Community Legal Centre Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM See the attachment for details of this event
Musculoskeletal Medicine for the GP CAT 1 ALM Tuesday 18th July 2017 Presented in partnership with One Point Health, 6 ALM modules will be run during 2017 featuring a range of Specialists. Module 3. Pain & joint Injuries Register: email@example.com or 024732 5188 Time: 6.15 PM until 9PM Where: 510-536 High Street Penrith
Mental Health Profile & Needs of newly arrived Refugees Friday 7th July 2017
With the increasing number of Refugees relocating in our area, this event is very timely. The subject matter is pertinent of all refugees, with the bottom line that there is hope with the proper understanding and appropriate treatment. Speaker: Lachlan Murdoch, Acting CEO STARTTS Topics include:
Traumatic issues facing newly arrived refugees
Suitable treatment pathways
Current needs of new arrivals from Syrian and Iraqi background.
Time: 1 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By 4th July 2017 See the attachment for details of this event
Cultural Competency & Diabetes Workshop Friday 30th June 2017 This workshop offers the unique opportunity to learn about Pacific Islander cultural views, providing the principles, knowledge and skills to promote respectful and culturally competent patient care to improve patient outcomes. It will also explore screening techniques to help identify diabetes among at-risk patients at an early stages Speakers: Professor Jenny Reath, GP, Chair of General Practice, WSU Dr Olataga Alofivae-Doorbinnia, GP, Conjoint Lecturer , WSU Professor David Simmons, Diabetes Specialist & GP Time: 12:30 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By 28 June 2017 See the attachment for details of this event
Ageing and Dementia Friday 2nd June 2017 Ageing is an issue that concerns everyone and especially the impact on the brain. Identifying and managing dementia is daunting and challenging. This session follows a previous session and is delivered by experienced local Geriatrician, Dr Meng Chew Topics include:
How aging affects the brain
Dealing with cognitive decline
Using available tools for dementia diagnosis
How to monitor the effect of treatment
Be aware of carer’s issues and support services
Time: 1 PM until 2 PM RSVP: By 30 May 2017 See the attachment for details of this event
Clinician Hypnosis Intensive for GPs CAT 1 ALM May or October 2017 Presented by Dr Muthukrishnan, this is course provides the Practical skills in meditation, hypnosis, NLP and CBT give you the necessary metaphysical clinical tools for treatment. See the attachment for details of this event
Musculoskeletal Medicine for the GP CAT 1 ALM Tuesday 16th May 2017 Presented in partnership with One Point Health, 6 ALM modules will be run during 2017 featuring a range of Specialists. Module 2. Joint Pain & Osteoporosis The topic will explore reducing the burden of joint disease from prevention to progression to symptom modification. Cohesion of care showing concomitant comorbilities will also be discussed to better manage presenting with a variety of compromised body structures & functional impairments. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 024732 5188 Time: 6.15 PM until 9PM Where: 510-536 High Street Penrith See the attachment for details of this event
Workers Compensation. Confidentiality & Patients' Rights - Legal aspects Friday 5th May 2017 The NSW work health and safety regulatory body, is now called Insurance and Care NSW, also known as iCare. The workers compensation scheme is ambiguous to the employer and each state and territory has different regulatory bodies and also follows different laws and policies. There will also be a discussion on confidentiality and patient’s rights. Speaker: David Allen, Lawyer, Slater and Gordon See the attachment for details and RSVP for this event
Palliative Care in General Practice Friday 7th April 2017 Symptom Management In Chemotherapy/ Palliative Care raises many concerns for patients and their GP. This session will address the many issues faced by patients and provide the GP with a greater understanding to support the patient. Speaker: Dr Alan Oloffs FRACP, FAChPM, MD, BSc Senior Staff Specialist & Acting Director - Supportive & Palliative Care at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Learning Objective
Knowledge of local services to assist in the Management of palliative care patients.
Musculoskeletal Medicine for the GP CAT 1 ALM Tuesday 14th March 2017 Presented in partnership with One Point Health, 6 ALM modules will be run during 2017 featuring a range of Specialists. Module 1. Tendon & Fascia Injuries Gain the upper hand on common tendon injuries such as rotator cuff, tennis elbow, gluteal, Achilles and plantar fascitis. Register: email@example.com or 024732 5188 Time: 6.15 PM until 9PM Where: 510-536 High Street Penrith See the attachment for details of this event
Dementia and Capacity Building Friday 3rd March 2017 Clinical capacity assessment involves a tension between autonomy or self-determination and protection. This session, delivered by experienced local Geriatrician, Dr Meng Chew, will explore the role of GP in Dementia and capacity assessment. Speaker: Dr Meng Chew, MBBS, MMed (Geriatrics) Topic will cover:
Recognizing the complex factors in Capacity Assessment
Using available tools for dementia diagnosis and advanced care directives
Discussing issues with patients such as consent to treatment, power of attorney and guardianship.
Optometry Update: Macular Degeneration Friday 3rd February 2017 'The talk will focus mainly on new technologies (the ultra wide digital retinal scan and OCT scan), how it is helping us look after patients eye health better, particularly in diabetic eye care and aged related macula degeneration. Speaker: Nisha Arulananthan, Optometrist OPSM Penrith Topic will cover: 1.Diabetes and the eye 2. Age related macula degeneration:
ICE Addiction: Myths and Facts for GPs Friday 2nd December 2016 'Treating crystal methamphetamine use in general practice doesn’t necessarily mean managing violent or psychotic patients.’ Speaker: Dr Karen Fisher, Clinical Director, Drug and Alcohol Services, Nepean Hospital Learning Outcomes:
Identify signs of methamphetamine use, and the varying profile of users
Know and recognise the physical and mental health effects of ice
Access local referral pathways for alcohol and other drug treatment services
Access available resources for patients and health professionals
Orthopaedics Update for GPs Friday 4th November 2016 This session is to provide an update current practices and developments in Orthopaedics The speaker, Dr Pavitar Sunner is both nationally and internationally trained with special interest. in hips, knees and shoulders. He is based in Penrith, and operates at Nepean Private, Public, and Westmead Private Hospitals. He graduated from the University of Sydney and undertook his orthopaedic training in Sydney, followed by a one year fellowship in sports medicine / arthroscopic surgery, in Canada. He has been in clinical practice in Penrith / Blue Mountains since 2002. Dr Sunner performs arthroscopic surgery of the hips, knees and shoulders as well as joint replacement of these joints. Topics to be covered include:
Review approach to conditions readily seen on X-rays.. NBMPHN History of Aboriginal Health
Know when and how to conduct joint injections
Distinguish when simple fractures can be treated in the GP room and when to refer to a specialist
Aboriginal Health Friday 7th October 2016 This session is designed to give an understanding of local Aboriginal Heath needs and how to address them by an eminent and well qualified presenter. A/Prof Dea Delaney-Thiele has co-authored an article in the MJA on the ‘International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the right to health: Is Australia meeting its obligations to Aboriginal peoples? She passionate about applying the principle of self-determination for her Aboriginal community and has played a role in influencing health policy and health care. Topics to be covered include:
Legal Implications - My Health Record Friday 2nd September 2016 This session is designed to give an understanding of any potential legal implications of the My Health Record. As an independent organisation the Nepean GP Network is best paced to facilitate independent advice. The NBM PHN is one of two selected trial sites for this next stage of the My Health Record. GPs should be well informed of possible legal issues that my arise and have an input in ensuring it satisfies the GPs legal responsibilities. This is also an opportunity to raise your own concerns and receive independent advice. See the attachment for details of this important event.
Treatment Options for Hepatitis C Friday 5th August 2016 This session is designed to give an update on advances in Hepatitis C treatment. It will look at the impacts of newer Hepatitis C medications on Hepatitis C and explore the role of the GP in treatment follow up. Learning outcomes
Be familiar with side effect management and success rates for the treatment of Hepatitis C
Summarise the serious impact of Hepatitis C in Australia, know the local treatment options and referral pathways for patients
Order appropriate tests to correctly diagnose Hepatitis C infection
Increase identification and referral of patients who should be tested for Hepatitis C
Bariatric Surgery in the Management of Obestity Friday 1st July 2016 This session is presented by Dr John Ozmen who is a consultant general surgeon with accredited sub-speciality training in upper GI and bariatric surgery. He has a wide experience in open and laparoscopic abdominal surgery especially in fields of upper GI, reflux, biliary, and pancreatic cancer surgery. He has performed over 500 bariatric procedures, including lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and revisional procedures.
EMDR Friday 3rd June 2016 This session is presented byRennie Schmid on the Topic of EMDR – eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. He will share a brief introduction to EMDR with emerging explanations of how it works and sharing experiences if general use in practice.
An Evening with Dr Norman Swan Tuesday 31st May 2016 This session is presented by Dr Norman Swan on the Topic: "Where does Health Fit in the Longest Election Campaign in 50 years." Also included in the program is:
Getting your practice My Health Record ready' by Pen Cat
'How can the PHN help support your practice' by Donna Sedgman, Nepean Blue Mountains PHN.
We look forward to your participation in this relevant event RSVP: 24th May Location: Penrith RSL Club commencing at 7 PM
Avoiding Litigation in General Practice Friday 6th May 2016 This session is presented by the medico-legal advisory service of Avant. The Speaker will be Kate Gillman who has worked in the area of Medical Negligence and healthcare law for over 15 Years. Learning Outcomes:
Determine strategies to avoid litigation in relation to issues surrounding patient confidentiality
State mandatory reporting for GPs & Allied Health Care Professionals
Describe the legal exceptions and role of GPs regarding "fit to drive" examinations
Oncology Clinical Update Friday 4th March 2016 This session is designed to give an update on advances in cancer treatment. It will look at the effects on oncology medications and explore the role of the GP in cancer treatment and post-treatment follow up. Learning Outcomes:
Identify advances in oncology treatment
Prepare a patient referral to Nepean Cancer Care Centre
Educate patients on side effects of cancer medications
Access the range of multidisciplinary services at Nepean Cancer Care Centre
Doctors legal Bag provides improved understanding of day to day health information issues relating to privacy, confidentiality and release. What do you do when you are requested for health information or asked to attend court?