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This week’s summary includes updates from:
AMA Members Acknowledged with Australian of Year and Australia Day Honours –
Two members of the AMA have been acknowledged for their contribution to the Australian medical community in the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards. Named Australian of the Year 2020 and Senior Australian of the Year 2020 respectively, Doctor James Muecke and Professor John Newnham represent some of the unsung heroes of local communities around Australia. Dr Muecke, a tireless human rights and public health advocate, has spent his medical career advocating for awareness about Type 2 diabetes and fighting blindness. Professor Newnham, as an obstetrician, has dedicated his time to making Western Australian a global centre for research in pregnancy.
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GPs play an important role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus –
In the face of a looming global public health crisis, GPs will be the first point of contact for many people who fear they may be infected. With more than 80 confirmed dead and over 2700 infected globally, it is imperative that those who believe they may have contracted the virus are isolated. Coronavirus can be transmitted through respiratory droplets, direct contact with an infected person, and through contact with something touched by an infected person. Although similar viruses like SARS and MERS were not contagious until a patient started showing symptoms, it is unclear as to whether the coronavirus is able to be transmitted before the symptoms appear, though the incubation of the virus has been confirmed to be between 1 and 14 days. The uncertainty surrounding the contagious nature of the virus means there is a high chance that carriers could slip through the cracks. So what can GPs do?
As practitioners or practice managers, it is important to encourage your patients to call ahead if they are feeling unwell so that a home visit by a GP or public health officer can be arranged to minimise the amount of people being exposed to the possible carrier. If a patient displays symptoms- coughing, vomiting, shortness of breath, sore throat, and fever- it is essential to immediately contact a public health unit. Reception staff should be advised to ask about the travel history of patients and isolate those who have returned from China in the last 2 weeks.
Program fees and charges – Standard Streams –
RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) is rising in cost from $2000 a term to $4650. This will come into effect for the October 2020 PEP intake.
Child mental health webinar series –
A webinar series produced by Emerging Minds and RACGP Specific Interests aims to educate GPs with the knowledge and skills required for a mental health assessment of a child. There are four seminars, one every month from the 27th of February to the 28th of May. The webinars are free for RACGP members and available for non-RACGP members for $95.00.
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Non- Members Register Here: email: EventsGPSI@racgp.org.au
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