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Email Subject: NSW Rural Doctors Network - Monday Message newsletter
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This week: National Rural Health Conference, Funding for Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership, AGPT 2020 applications open and education events



Monday 25 March 2019


What’s in Monday Message today
National Rural Health Conference
Expressions of interest now being taken for RDN funded Diploma
AGPT 2020 applications now open 
Last chance to apply for two new roles at RDN 
Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement Incentive

Three new drugs listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 

Education Events 
OSCE Exam Preparation and Clinical Practice Course
Cannabis in Palliative Care and Advanced Cancer Workshop with PEPA NSW
AAPM Networking event for NSW/ACT Rural Practice Managers  
Practice Owners National Conference
Patient Experience Symposium 
CRANAplus 37th Conference
Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) 

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National Rural Health Conference: Better Together

RDN CEO Richard Colbran has presented a concurrent session on the Western NSW Primary Health Workforce Planning Framework Project at the 15th National Rural Health Conference: Better Together, in Tasmania. 

The Project is a collaboration between RDN, Western NSW PHN, Western NSW LHD, Far West LHD and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Services.

More than one-thousand health experts are attending the four-day conference that runs until Wednesday and includes keynote speakers, presenters, exhibitors and a gala dinner.  

A set of recommendations will also be produced by conference delegates to guide the sector's reform agenda. During the conference, the online Sharing Shed portal is being used to collect and synthesise key findings and recommendations into a policy platform for rural health advocacy. Through the Sharing Shed, all Conference delegates can contribute a recommendation, suggest new ideas, comment on the proposals and recommendations of others and vote for their favourite options.  

RDN took recommendations from the last conference in 2017 and used them to guide its policies and program development, seeking to implement what has been agreed collectively as important in rural health. 

Expressions of interest now being taken for RDN funded Diploma 

NSW Rural Doctors Network, in partnership with registered training organisation UNE Partnerships, is seeking expressions of interest from professional Practice Managers who are helping shape the future direction of their practice and wish to enhance their skills and knowledge by taking a leadership role within the practice.  

On offer are 25 funded positions for the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership which will focus on the business management skills required to lead a professional and sustainable practice. This is a nationally recognised and accredited program.  

AGPT 2020 applications now open 

Applications for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) 2020 program opened today, 25 March 2019. AGPT offers fully government funded Fellowship training in the speciality of general practice.  


Last chance to apply for two new roles at RDN 
NSW Rural Doctors Network is currently advertising two new positions: 

RDN offers a friendly culture with a range of generous employment conditions, such as a 35-hour working week, shut down between Christmas and New Year without debiting of annual leave, salary packaging options, approved study leave and the opportunity to apply for Performance Growth and Development grants. 

For more information about the above two roles please contact Senior Manager – Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Katie Porritt, on 4924 8000 or kporritt@nswrdn.com.au

Apply to join the team here


Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Quality Improvement Incentive 

The number and type of incentives available within the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) will change from 1 August 2019 when five of the existing incentives will cease and a new incentive, the PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive, will commence. 

Read the original article published by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine to find out more.   


Three new drugs listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 

Crucial medicines for cancer, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April this year, saving patients up to $300,000 a year. 

Every medicine was recommended to be added to the PBS by the independent expert Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. By law the Australian Government cannot list a new medicine without a positive recommendation from the PBAC. 



Do you need financial assistance for professional development The Health Workforce Scholarship Program provides bursaries to eligible remote and rural health practitioners. Check your eligibility.


OSCE Exam Preparation and Clinical Practice Course
What: Focused, attentive education, quality, facilitated small-group learning, individual feedback and support. 
When and where: Cowra 30 – 31 March, Merimbula 6 – 7 April, Nowra 18-19 May 2019 
More info: Register your interest or phone 0405 563 439. 


Cannabis in Palliative Care and Advanced Cancer Workshop with PEPA NSW 
What: PEPA (Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach) is an education program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health that provides education and training opportunities for health care providers seeking to improve their confidence, knowledge and skills in palliative care. This free workshop will allow you to develop an understanding of appropriate uses of medicinal cannabis in a cancer and/ or palliative care setting.  

When: 4 April 2019 
Where: Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange 
More info: Register for the workshop


AAPM Networking event for NSW/ACT Rural Practice Managers 

What: The Australian Association of Practice Managers is running an online networking events for Practice Managers in rural NSW/ACT areas. The event will attract 2 CPD points for AAPM members. 
When: Wednesday 17 April from 7.30am – 8.30 am. 
Where: Online 
More info: Register and find out more


2019 Practice Owners National Conference  
What: The 2019 program includes topics on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) review outcomes; maximising your MBS billing ethically; growing and expanding your patient base; structuring your workforce, creating the right culture and managing your team. 
When: 18–19 May 2019 
Where: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney 
More info: View the program and register


2019 Patient Experience Symposium 
What: The Agency for Clinical Innovation, Clinical Excellence Commission, Bureau of Health Information, Cancer Institute NSW, Health Education & Training Institute, eHealth NSW, Healthshare, System Purchasing Branch and NSW Health Pathology are pleased to announce the 2019 Patient Experience Symposium (PExS2019). The Symposium will showcase expert evidence, local and international examples, consumer stories, and will be an opportunity for consumers and health staff to share local innovations that are improving patient experience and outcomes. 
When: 29-30 April 2019 
Where: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney 
More info: Register and find out more.


RANAplus 37th Conference 
Call for Abstracts and Registrations now open

What: The Conference theme for 2019 is “Embracing Diversity to build Stronger Connections” and abstract submissions and registrations are now open.  
When: 18-20 September 2019  
Where: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW 
More info: Register and submit an abstract.


Rural Medicine Australia (RMA)
What: Early Bird registrations and abstract submissions are now open for the Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) 2019 national event. Hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), RMA attracts a diverse and collaborative community of junior doctors, students, educators, academics, and medical practitioners who are passionate about generalist medicine in rural and remote communities. 
When:?Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October 2019, with pre-conference courses and a Welcome Reception on Wednesday 23 October 2019. 
Where: The Star, Gold Coast 
More info: Register and submit an abstract 


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