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AGPT 2010 Round 1 Selection interviews are complete and our applicants should have all received their notifications regarding the outcome of their applications to CSQTC. The level of interest in CSQTC again this year was high and we anticipate filling our 58 General Pathway and at least the majority of our 26 Rural Pathway places in this 1st Round. We also have a number of Australian Defence Force doctors who have applied for the 2010 Intake. We will let you know in the next edition of Consortium Chatter how many places we have filled for the 1st Round. CSQTC's involvement in the second round will be known later in September. Special thanks to our interviewers and the staff involved in Selection interviews. It was all hands on deck over the past couple of weeks with over 20 interviewers involved, including GP Trainers, ECT Visitors and CSQTC Medical Educators.
From Monday 31 August 2009 for the whole week, CSQTC senior staff including the CEO, Director of Medical Education, Medical Educators, Business Services Manager and our RLO and HLO, will be interstate whilst they attend the Annual GPET Convention and associated meetings in Adelaide. It is requested that you please avoid contacting CSQTC during Convention week for business that would require action by the above mentioned members of our staff. If an urgent issue arises, which you feel requires the attention of one of these staff members, please contact the CSQTC office so that we can look after your needs. For non urgent matters, you can contact CSQTC to leave a message and this will be attended to on the staff member's return. The majority of administrative staff will be on duty at the CSQTC office during the week to attend to enquiries.
Amongst all the busy happenings at the CSQTC office, came the second Hospital GP Registrar workshop on Wednesday night, 26 August 2009.
Sifting through the feedback forms we gathered from the 15-odd GP Registrars who attended, I am happy to say it was a success and hopefully just a taste of things to come for the Hospital Registrars yet to start their first general practice term.
Our first guest speaker was Dr Davin Lim, Dermatologist and founder of Westside Dermatology in Taringa, who gave us all an interesting view of the age-old problem of acne and some of the latest treatments in 2009. I'm glad to say Davin gave a no-holds barred view on acne treatments speaking passionately about his views on everything from the latest Woman's Weekly dietary fads that supposedly improve acne to the latest combination topical treatments and traditional oral retinoids to new views on light therapy. It was also great to hear that Davin has set up a Priority system for new acne referrals at Westside Dermatology allowing those with urgent acne referrals a specialist opinion sooner rather than later.
Next we had Dr Kris Rallah-Baker speak, Eye Registrar at the Mater Hospital, speak on common eye diseases and their presentations. There was good feedback on Kris' approach to looking at the acute red eye and his advice on when to refer. Kris covered everything from viral conjunctivitis and bacterial keratitis to acute angle glaucoma to diabetic retinopathy, all potential presentations in general practice.
And I did manage to briefly plug the new GP Ambassador concept and grab two names for candidates interested in these new positions for promoting the voice of GP within the hospitals. With any luck we will soon find a third GP Registrar to fill the final position and then its all stations GO! Any hospital-based GP Registrars who are interested in finding out what GP Ambassadors are, please visit the GP Ambassadors page on our website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=55081&pid=7517.
Dr Nam Tran
CSQTC had the wonderful opportunity to attend the TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals in Queensland) Rural Careers Evening on Wednesday 26 August 2009. Jenny Quinlan and Juile Ball attended the event on behalf of CSQTC to not only participate in the trade display, but to also observe the formal presentations. There was an interesting array of speaker representatives including:
You can find out more about TROHPIQ by visiting their website http://www.trohpiq.org/.
Our Hospital Liaison Officer, Dr Nam Tran, will be delivering a lunchtime clinical education session entitled "Presentations of STIs in the Emergency Department" at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Thursday 10 September 2009. CSQTC GP Registrars who are working at the RBWH are encouraged to attend these sessions and to take the opportunity to encourage your colleagues to attend. This would also be a great opportunity to catch up with Nam. Feedback from Nam's previous seminars has been enormously positive and his use of the interactive approach has been extremely well received. Lunch will be provided at the Seminar. Please check with the Medical Education Office at the hospital regarding time and room location.
GPET maintains a funding pool called the 'Registrar Research Fund' (RRF) which allows for GP Registrars to apply for research project grants of up to $10,000. Applications close Friday 11 September 2009, so visit the AGPT website now for further information, including the application form and examples of previous RRF grant projects http://www.agpt.com.au/TrainingPosts/RegistrarResearchFund/.
GPET's latest Registrar Update is now available on the AGPT Website http://www.agpt.com.au/Registrars/RegistrarUpdates/. Of particular interest In this month's edition is the Clinical Knowledge Pilot Program for 2009 Cohort GP Registrars. This pilot online assessment is available for 2 weeks only from 31 August 2009. Check the GPET Registrar Update for further details.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Education and Training (South East Queensland) also referred to as ATSICHET will cease to trade on 30 September 2009. The ceasing of trade under ATSICHET is the first step in a new strategic direction that has also initiated a change of name, logo, structure and a broadening of the service delivery model. From 1 October 2009, ATSICHET will be known as the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander College for Health Education and Training or QATSICHET. The current website is http://www.qatsichet.org/.
The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and offers 4 day supervised clinical attachments in Specialist Palliative Care Services. Placements in various host sites around Queensland are available now. Sites are located in Brisbane, Redcliffe, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Participants are entitled to receive a backfill allowance of $140 per hour plus GST for the 32 hours of the placement. Rural participants qualify for travel, accommodation, and meals allowances. RACGP offers 40 Category 1 QA & CPD points while ACRRM offers 32 PD points.
For a PEPA promotion pack, PEPA DVD, or further information, please contact Kathy Laurent, PEPA Manager Qld, Ph 3636 6216 or Email: Kathryn_Laurent@health.qld.gov.au. The Application Information kit can be downloaded from www.health.qld.gov.au/cpcre and click on PEPA. Applications close Friday 30 October 2009.
As Consortium Chatter is being produced, spare a thought for Dr Lesley Palmer, CSQTC Training Adviser, who is participating in the 'K's 4 Country Kids' charity bicycle ride for the second year in a row. The 260km ride takes place from 28 to 30 August 2009, and will cover the ground from Dalby, to Tara, Miles and Chinchilla and back again. To find out more about the bike ride, please visit the website http://www.ks4countrykids.com/ where you can also sponsor riders. We look forward to seeing Lesley back at the office, in one piece, next Thursday!
CSQTC Consortium Chatter will have a break next week due to GPET Convention Week. See you back here the week commencing 7 September 2009.
In this section, we will include details of upcoming educational opportunities, such as teleconferences, courses, workshop, conferences etc, run by organisations other than CSQTC. CSQTC provides this as a service to GP Registrars and stakeholder organisations. If organisations would like upcoming events relevant to GP Registrars listed here, please contact Julie Ball firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 35528134.
Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF)
Watch this space for upcoming FAQs. If you have a question, the answer to which you believe would be helpful to others, please email it to email@example.com. FAQs can be accessed via the CSQTC website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7663&pid=5440
All CSQTC Calendars may be accessed via the link http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11615
For the dates of GP Registrar Educational Activities for each training Node, visit the Node Calendar pages on the CSQTC website:
If you need to get in touch with individual staff members at CSQTC, please refer to our website for a full listing of staff within areas of interest http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7731&pid=5408
Please advise CSQTC of any changes to address or contact details immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes changes to: Telephone/fax numbers; Email address; Street/postal address; Surname (eg. for Registrars who become married); Practice Name; Practice Staff (Trainers and Practice Managers).
PO Box 83
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