GP Events

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development Program (QA & CPD) includes the promotion of GP participation in effective and efficient quality assurance and continuing professional development by encouraging and identifying high-quality activities for GPs. 

Healthscope has achieved both Endorsed Provider (Category 2) and Accredited Provider (Category 1) status with the RACGP. 

Our dedicated continuation of education programs assists General Practitioners to fulfil their accreditation criteria set out by the RACGP.

General practitioners can register to attend a Norwest Private Hospital GP event below:
 

Upcoming Events

In the CPD 2020–22 triennium there are two types of education activities that we provide: 

  • CPD Accredited Activity – learning that introduces new knowledge or a new skill
  • CPD Activity offers reinforcement or updating of existing knowledge or skill

If you are a GP in our local area and would like to be placed on our emailing list, please contact Alyssa Giunta at alyssa.giunta@healthscope.com.au.

Should you wish to see all CPD webinars run by Healthscope, click here

A comprehensive update in cardiology

Date
Saturday 23 July, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location
The Hills Lodge, 1 Salisbury Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Description
This activity will expand the understanding of diagnostic and management strategies for patients presenting with signs and symptoms of heart disease in the primary care setting.
The format will include lectures, case studies and detailed discussions.

Speakers
Cardiologists:

  • Dr Ajita Kanthan
  • Dr Athula Gunasekara
  • Dr Graham Meredith
  • Dr Viswanathan Venkatachalam

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Conduct the evaluation of a cardiac murmur to recognise valvular heart disease and the indications for intervention
  2. Discuss the role of diagnostic tools and cardiovascular risk factors that must be considered prior to commencing lipid-modifying therapy
  3. Initiate a rational and thorough evaluation of patients with symptoms of heart failure and describe initial treatment, citing differences in regimens used in HFrEF and HFpEF
  4. Describe diagnostic and treatment pathways for arrhythmias and the role of medical and procedural therapies
  5. Utilise course reference material and specialist information to implement new strategies and identify effective referral pathways that ensure continuity of care for patients with heart disease.

Inquiries
Inquiries to Alyssa Giunta
P: 02 8882 8802 | E: alyssa.giunta@healthscope.com.au

Hearing loss and dementia

This event has been postponed until further notice!

Please feel free to register your interest in attending, and I will send out a new date as soon as possible.

Location
The Hills Lodge, 1 Salisbury Drive, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Description
Hearing loss is the single most modifiable factor that contributes to cognitive decline associated with dementia. Research suggests that people with mild symptoms of hearing loss may be twice as likely to develop dementia as those with healthy hearing, while people with severe hearing loss may be five times more likely to develop dementia. Early identification and treatment of hearing difficulties may help lower the risk of dementia. This activity will update GPs on the current guidelines and evidence based technological intervention for optimal hearing outcomes and provide solutions for management.

Speakers

  • Dr Vanaja Sivapathasingam -Adult & Paediatric ENT Surgeon
  • Dr Chandanika Piumali Gunawardene - Geriatrician
  • Merren Davies - Audiologist

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of this activity GPs will be able to access if a hearing problem is present and organise immediate intervention.
  • By the end of this activity GP’s will be able to discuss the age related risk of hearing loss to dementia, and recommend a specialist for immediate referral.
  • By the end of this activity GP’s will be able to discuss the patient journey from hearing aids to a cochlear implant and recommend a referral.

Inquiries
Inquiries to Alyssa Giunta
P: 02 8882 8802 | E: alyssa.giunta@healthscope.com.au

GP Seminar Orthopaedics

This event has been postponed until further notice!

Please feel free to register your interest in attending, and I will send out a new date as soon as possible.

Location
The Hills Lodge, 1 Salisbury Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Description
Management of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, rotator cuff tears and acute knee injuries, and help to select the right patient

Speakers

  • Dr Louis Shidiak –Restoring function to the hip through surgical and non-surgical management
  • Dr Mohammed Baba – Rotator cuff tears - assessment and management
  • Dr Timothy Yeoh – Acute knee injuries - assessment and management

Pre-Recorded Events

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TheHills Private and Norwest Private Hospitals invites General Practitioners andAllied Health professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Dr Peter Fahmy and Dr Ajita Kanthan.

Activity ID 217414

At this webinar, you will hear from a leading Interventional and Structural Cardiologist and Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist & Pacemaker Surgeon present what's new in the diagnosis and management of Atrial fibrillation (AF). They will provide an update on the new guidelines, evidence and recommendations released by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). New recommendations on atrial fibrillation, incorporating new evidence that has been graded on the certainty of evidence and the likely absolute benefit versus harm. Evidence and recommendations include the new risk factors (obesity, sleep apnoea, sedentary lifestyle), the use of catheter ablation treatment, combining anticoagulants and antiplatelets, a change in the stroke predictions score (the sexless CHA2DS2-VA score) and recommendations for integrated management.

Speakers

photo of Dr Peter Fahmy MBChB PhD FRACP

Dr Peter Fahmy MBChB PhD FRACP

General Cardiologist @Norwest Private Hospital

Dr Peter Fahmy is a general cardiologist with an interest in interventional and structural heart disease management. Dr Fahmy was awarded his Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2004. He then completed physician training in general medicine at Westmead Hospital followed by cardiology advanced training at Monash HEART in Melbourne. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2011. Dr Fahmy was awarded his PhD in gene therapy from the University of Sydney in 2015. With a keen interest in interventional cardiology, Dr Fahmy undertook a Fellowship in Interventional and Structural Cardiology at the prestigious Vancouver General Hospital and St Paul’s Hospital in Canada. Dr Fahmy trained under the direction of Professor John Webb, the pioneer for percutaneous Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).


photo of Dr Ajita Kanthan MBBS BMedSc PhD FRACP FCSANZ

Dr Ajita Kanthan MBBS BMedSc PhD FRACP FCSANZ

Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist & Pacemaker Surgeon @Norwest Private Hospital

Dr Ajita Kanthan is a pioneer in the use of radiationfree procedural techniques, having performed the first radiation-free trans-venous pacemaker implant in Australia. He is currently the only cardiologist in the country performing this pacemaker technique on a regular basis. The significance of radiation-free techniques is highlighted by the fact that traditional trans-venous device implant methods rely on the use of X-rays, with radiation doses that can reach up to the equivalent of about 500 chest x-rays. Dr Kanthan also performed the first radiation-free cardiac ablations of both supra-ventricular and ventricular rhythm disorders in Sydney. He is a national and international trainer on device implantation and radiation-free procedural techniques.

PTSD – A guide for General Practitioners

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Description
This update has been developed with a GP focus in order to expand the understanding of early diagnostic and management strategies for patients presenting with signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Psychiatrists with extensive experience in this subspecialty will review and examine evidence, patient case studies and the available diagnostic and treatment options available to General Practitioners and their patients. This activity will guide GPs through the early identification of PTSD and the most current recommendations for pharmacological and psychological intervention.

The Hills Private Hospital and Windsor Road Private Clinic invites General Practitioners and Healthcare Professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Psychiatrists - Dr Susheel Manambrakkat and Dr Jaspreet Singh.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Make a diagnosis of PTSD and differentiate it from conditions with similar symptoms.
  2. Obtain a history in a sensitive manner and obtain sensitive information.
  3. Identify risk factors for developing PTSD
  4. Commence appropriate pharmacotherapy and refer for appropriate Psychological and Psychiatric therapy

Inguinal Hernia - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Referral, Repair

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Description
This update has been developed with a GP focus in order to expand knowledge on diagnosis, appropriate referral, treatment and post-operative care of patients presenting with an Inguinal Hernia. Delegates will be provided with extensive information on the surgical techniques offered to treat patients once diagnosed with an Inguinal Hernia. General Practitioners will be given the confidence to manage these patients and know when to refer to a specialist for further intervention and care.

Speakers:

  • Dr Lawrence Yuen
  • Dr Yusuf Moollan

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Distinguish patients suitable for Open vs Laparoscopic surgical repair
  2. Identify the potential risk vs benefit of open hernia repair and laparoscopic repair and how this effects post-operative care
  3. Explain the diagnosis to patients and recommend a referral to a specialist when required

Respiratory Update

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Description
Norwest Private Hospital invites General Practitioners and Allied Health professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting with Dr Benjamin Ng and Dr Subash Srikantha.

Speakers:

  • Dr Benjamin Ng - Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician
  • Dr Subash Srikantha - Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

This webinar will discuss management of common lung conditions including Asthma & COPD. Discussion around investigating lung nodule detection & cancer pathways will also be covered. This will include looking at different investigations required for a diagnosis of each of the problems. Provide an overview of patient treatment and management plans & assist GP's in the diagnosis & management pathways for common respiratory presentations and provide pathways for referral.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the management of asthma and COPD including the role of biologicals and puffers
  2. Discuss conservative versus aggressive management in primary care of asthma and COPD
  3. Develop a systematic approach to further assessing suspected lung nodules with history, examination and appropriate investigations
  4. Describe role of diagnostic technology to clarify aetiology of lung nodules
  5. Utilise appropriate referral pathways for management of lung nodules

Evaluation and Management of Iron Deficiency, Anaemia and Liver Disease

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Description
Norwest Private Hospital invites General Practitioners and Healthcare Professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Dr Raghu Gill and Dr Rajni Tiwari

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia, & remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in general practice. The activity will assist GPs looking for strategies to diagnose iron deficiency, & to interpret pathology reporting & management in a primary care setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss prevalence of iron deficiency in key patient population, looking at strategies to diagnose iron deficiency, how to interpret pathology reporting & management
  2. Access when intervention is required for patients diagnosed with alcoholic liver and fatty liver disease

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