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Email Subject: NSW Rural Doctors Network - Monday Message newsletter
Email Sent: July 15th, 2019 12:34 PM
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This week: 2019 Rural GPs Conference - Early Bird registration now open



Monday 15 July 2019


What’s in Monday Message today
Apply now for a cadetship
2019 Rural GPs Conference - Early Bird registration now open
Health Workforce Distribution Priority Areas
Practice Experience Program (PEP)
Calling for JFPP mentors
Practice Manager Workforce Survey

RDN Education Events
Anaesthetics Procedural Conference
2019 Rural GPs Conference

Education Events
The Black Dog Institute online case discussion groups
The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) July 2018 Flood Resilience Seminar
Technology in General Practice Webinar
Point-of-care ultrasound workshop
Western NSW PHN practice nurse education and information session

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Apply now for a cadetship

Applications are now open for NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships. Medical students and Indigenous medical students interested in undertaking a medical career in rural NSW are invited to apply.

Applications close 5 August. For more information contact students@nswrdn.com.au


Mental health and suicide prevention project visiting rural NSW 

As part of the 2030 Vision for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, the Connections project will be visiting communities across Australia and holding meetings to shape the future of mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. The project, launched by the National Mental Health Commission, asks communities about their experiences with mental health and wellbeing to inform the 2030 vision.

NSW community visits:

  • Armidale 7 August
  • Bathurst 8 August
  • Broken Hill 22 August
  • Wollongong 28 August
  • Albury/Wodonga 29 August

For further information email community@nmhcconnections.com.au.


2019 Rural GPs Conference - Early Bird registration now open

NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) and Rural Doctors Association (NSW) invite you to attend the 2019 Rural GPs Conference, to be held 28 November – 1 December 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach.

For Early Bird registration and more information visit the event page or email conferences@nswrdn.com.au


Health Workforce Distribution Priority Areas (DPA)

As of 1 July, the District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) classification has been replaced by the Distribution of Priority Areas (DPA). 

A DPA classification means there are not enough GP services for the needs of the community and uses the Modified Monash Model (MMM) to provide accurate assessments of the distribution of the GP workforce in the region. This classification is fixed for three years and will be reviewed after this period.

This change specifically applies to GPs and bonded scholars. If you are already working under a DWS provision or exemption you will not be affected. 

If your location used to have DWS status, then please visit the Doctor Connect website to check if you are now in a classified DPA region.

For more information download the DPA fact sheet, visit the Doctor Connect website or view RDN’s common questions.


Practice Experience Program (PEP)

The PEP program has been running for several weeks now. Hopefully all doctors who have transitioned from an RLRP enrolment have put in their extension requests for either an RLRP provider number extension or have received their PEP provider number. 

If there are still doctors who are currently on RLRP with an expiry date prior to 31 August 2019, we encourage them to contact us to request a short extension of their RLRP provider number to ensure they have ample time to have their PEP provider number processed.  Failure to extend the RLRP provider number could result in a gap in provider number coverage and loss of access to Medicare funding.   

If you have a doctor on RLRP expiring before 31 August 2019 and wish to request an RLRP provider number extension, please email retention@nswrdn.com.au with the following documentation:

  1. Request for extension, in writing, outlining that you are waiting for PEP provider number.  
  2. A copy of the signed PEP enrolment contract.  
  3. Evidence of co-payment being paid.
  4. Passport and visa documentation confirming visa status.

Please include any other documentation that you believe will support an extension request.


Calling for JFPP mentors  

Are you interested in becoming a John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) mentor? 

If you’re a doctor in a remote or rural community, the JFPP is your chance to mentor the next generation of rural doctors and share with them the professional and lifestyle benefits of rural clinical practice. You will be an integral part of promoting a future rural career to medical students.  

As a JFPP mentor, you will be paired with a medical student from one of the participating universities.

Your JFPP scholar will undertake a rural placement with you for a total of eight weeks over the three or four years of their tertiary studies. JFPP mentors can earn RACGP QI&CPD points and ACRRM PDP points and will receive an honorarium of $300 per placement week. 

The JFPP is your chance to pass on your skills, life lessons and knowledge to medical students keen to learn and interested in rural practice. 

Interested? Contact Christal Cheung at RDN on 02 8337 8100. 


Practice Manager Workforce Survey 

RDN’s Practice Manager Workforce Survey is now available to complete online.

Practice Managers will be able to access the survey via a direct link sent to their email address or via a personalised access code that will be sent by post.

If you have not received a link to your survey via email and would like one, please contact us with your name and practice details at surveys@nswrdn.com.au.

For more information about online surveys, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.



Anaesthetics Procedural Conference 

You are invited to attend the 2019 Anaesthetics Procedural Conferences, which include interactive lectures and immersive simulation-based activities. The first day of each conference will be at Sydney Simulation Centre and focus on the bleeding patient.  The second day will be at North Sydney Harbourview Hotel and include lectures on planned and emergency aspects of anaesthesia. The conference will be accredited with ACRRM, RACGP and JCCA.    
When: 16 -17 August 2019  
Where: Sydney Simulation Centre and North Sydney Harbourview Hotel 
More info: Register


2019 Rural GPs Conference

You are invited to attend the 2019 Rural GPs Conference, presented by RDN and Rural Doctors Association (NSW). The 2019 conference offers a series of lectures and interactive workshops combined with an extensive Partner and Children’s program, making the conference the perfect opportunity for professional development, networking and spending time with colleagues and family.

Early Bird registration is open until 31 August, offering a $100 discount off the standard ticket price and priority selection of limited capacity workshop sessions.
When: 28 November – 1 December 2019
Where: Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, cnr Arden and Carr Streets
Visit the website to register or for more information

You may be eligible for financial assistance to attend the 2019 Rural GPs Conference with a bursary through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. Bursaries are a payment of up to $10,000 (maximum of $10,000 in total in one year) towards the cost of upskilling, training or course fees and associated accommodation and travel-related expenses, where appropriate. Click here to check your eligibility



You may be eligible for Health Workforce Scholarship Program funding for the cost of travel, accommodation and registration fees. Find out today.

The Black Dog Institute online case discussion groups

The Black Dog Institute is running online case discussion groups for mental health workers to connect with their peers and share issues arising from their own cases. The sessions will be facilitated by an experienced member of the Black Dog Institute’s Professional Education Team. RACGP and ACCRM accreditation points are available.

When: The discussion groups are running between July and December 2019, visit the website for dates and to register.


The University Centre for Rural Health July 2018 Flood Resilience Seminar

The 2019 Rural Health Seminar Series, by the University Centre for Rural Health, is presenting the Community Recovery after Flood project, with research based on the experience and resilience features of the Northern Rivers community six months after extensive flooding in 2017.

When: 18 July, 4-5pm
Where: The University Centre for Rural Health, 61 Uralba St, Lismore
Visit the website to register or contact UCRH to attend via webcast.


Technology in General Practice Webinar

A part of the RACGP eHealth Webinar Series, the Technology in General Practice webinar provides an overview of the role of technology in general practice and how these technologies may be safely and confidently implemented and managed.
When: 23 July, 1-2pm, and 25 July, 8-9pm
To register and for more information


Point-of-care ultrasound workshop

Delivered by experienced sonographers, this GP-centred workshop will help increase understandings of the applications of point-of-care ultrasound in the diagnostic process.
When: 27 July, 9am-5pm
Where: Tamworth, NSW
For more information and further dates


Western NSW PHN practice nurse education and information session

Western NSW PHN is holding an education session for practice nurses to learn how to successfully support nursing student placements within their practice. The session will be presented by Clinical Educators from Charles Sturt University.

When: 31 July, 10am-2pm
Where: Champagne Room, Cascades Motor Inn, 147 Cobra Street, Dubbo
For more information and to register.


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NSW Rural Doctors Network activities are financially supported by the Australian and NSW Governments.


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