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The RACGP Exam results for 2009.2 have been released. Congratulations to all those who passed. For those who did not, please contact us to discuss feedback and support. CSQTC does not have access to Registrars' exam results and we will only know your results if you tell us. If you haven't yet advised CSQTC of your results, please let us know by emailing Anthony Dunn on email@example.com.
GPET has announced the opening and closing dates for Intake 1 for the 2011 AGPT program. Applications open on Friday 14 May 2010 and close Wednesday 16 June 2010. If you know anyone who is interested in applying for GP training to commence in January 2010, please spread the word. The AGPT website has been recently updated and interested applicants are encouraged to visit the website http://www.agpt.com.au/ApplyforAGPT/NewApplicants/.
Doctors interested in applying to CSQTC can contact us for further information by emailing our Hospital Liaison Officer Dr Nam Tran on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2010 Guide for GP Registrars is now available on the AGPT website at the following locations:
The Guide will no longer be printed in hard copy. If you require a hard copy please download the document directly from the website and print it.
In previous editions of Consortium Chatter (see 27 November Edition), we have included articles regarding the new Mental Health Skills Training requirements for GPs, which has resulted from the Federal Budget released in June 2009. These new requirements apply to GP Registrars.
Registrars are reminded that even though they undertake mental health skills training during the workshops they complete with CSQTC, and that this is very valuable training, which also forms part of the College curriculum requirements, this training provided by CSQTC does not meet the specific Mental Health Skills Training requirements as stipulated by the Budget decisions.
This new requirement is for all GPs (including GP Registrars) who need their patients with mental health conditions accessing a higher Medicare service rebate. All GPs must complete accredited Mental Health Skills Training to allow their patient access to the higher service rebates for a Mental Health Treatment Plan (Item 2710/2712). The new schedule and benefits for mental health will be introduced from 1 January 2010. For more clarification, see the fact sheet from the Department of Health and Ageing.
Important points to note:
At present there are some options for GP Registrars to meet this mental health skills training requirement, including:
CSQTC is investigating other alternatives for GP Registrars to meet this requirement in the future via inclusion of appropriate activities in Registrar workshops. We will advise Registrars of any future developments in this area.
The summative Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (MiniCEX) assessment is one component of the ACRRM overall assessment process and consists of one or more examiners visiting the candidate in their work environment and observing the candidate during a series of 5 consultations with their patients. Registrars are eligible to enrol in the summative miniCEX after successfully completing 24 months training. More information is available on the ACRRM website http://www.acrrm.org.au/assessment or more specifically, refer to Vocational Training Assessment Handbook available at, http://www.acrrm.org.au/files/uploads/pdf/assessment/ACRRM%20Vocational%20Training%
The enrolment closing date for miniCEX conducted between February to July 2010 is 11 December 2009 and the cost will be $1035. The Enrolment Application form is available at, http://www.acrrm.org.au/files/uploads/pdf/assessment/Enrolment%20Application%20Form%
If you would like to confirm your eligibility or have any further queries about enrolling in MiniCEX please email Dr Bill Lang, Senior Medical Education Rural Training on email@example.com.
Dr Maura Harvey, one of our GP Trainers from Cooroy, came to the rescue for the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital last week, to deliver an education session aimed at preparing interns for their rural relieving term and give insights into trauma in the bush, from the GP's perspective. Dr Harvey reports that she enjoyed the experience and hopes that the interns did too. In Dr Harvey's opinion, common sense and basic clinical skills are the key to GP success anywhere, including in rural medicine; she spoke about the different methods of obtaining information about procedures when in an isolated setting and how to cope with the tyranny of distance. Dr Harvey also focused on the different attitude to health that rural and remote folk have (different to the city dwellers that is). Dr Harvey shared lots of pictures and stories with the interns and tried to sell the be-not-afraid, work in a team, self care, preparation and orientation messages, and don't hesitate to phone-a-friend...she encouraged them to believe that they do make a difference and they know more than they think they do usually..she encouraged them to enjoy the freedom from being bottom of the medical hierarchy pecking order, the fresh start, and to embrace the rural adventures and opportunities that would be available. Hopefully, the RBWH interns have come away feeling inspired and ready for anything...and not just thinking that our Dr Harvey is "mad because she volunteers to do rural/remote relieving for Queensland Health" (Maura's own words!).
Article taken from Maura's postcard to CSQTC after she held the session
And on another rural note...we thought we would share with you the link to a recent news article about a very healthy rural GP which caught our eye... Dr Col Owen, a GP at Inglewood, a small Queensland town, has never had a sick day in his 53 years as a doctor. Read more about this rural GP's experience.
The CSQTC office at Alderley will be closed for a staff activity including our annual Christmas party celebration next Friday 11 December 2009. The office will close at 11:30am and re-open for business as usual 9:00am Monday 14 December 2009. A mobile phone number will be left on our voice mail message when you ring reception, so for urgent messages only please use that contact number.
The CSQTC office will also be closed as usual over the Christmas/New Year period. The office will be closed from midday Thursday 24 December 2009 and will re-open Monday 4 January 2010.
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.
Creative Writing Retreat for Doctors - North Coast GP Training
RACGP - 53rd Gold Coast Clinical Update: Postcards from General Practice
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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