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.

Upcoming GP 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 Suzie Ellis at

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

Management after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is an evolving subspecialty of gastrointestinal surgery, and it is essential to debate the evidence of bariatric surgery to deliver safe and effective patient care. Advising and assisting patients who are considering bariatric surgery is individualised to each patient and involves an in-depth discussion between the GP, the surgeon and the patient. This event will allow you to discuss the various techniques used to influence weight-loss in people who have emphatically failed to achieve weight loss by other measures.


  • Dr Michael Devadas
    Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon
  • Dr Gavin Sandercoe
    Plastic Surgeon
  • ReSet Allied Health Team
    Psychologist, Dietician, Exercise Physiologist

Tuesday, 16th March 2021

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Registration from 6:30pm

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


Examine the Orthopaedic Patient

“Examine the Orthopaedic Patient” is an interactive workshop to discuss the examination, diagnosis and management of patients that present with an orthopaedic complaint. The hands-on event will explore the signs and symptoms of fractures, joint pain and other orthopaedic presentations in the primary care setting. GPs attending this event will become confident in forming a more precise diagnosis and know when to refer to a specialist.


Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • A/Prof Rod Kuo (Foot & Ankle)
  • Dr Louis Shidiak – (Hip)
  • Dr Adrian Low (Knee)
  • Dr Mohammed Baba (Hand/Elbow)
  • Dr Tim Yeoh (Shoulder)
  • Dr Brian Hsu (Spine)

Rehabilitation Physician

  • Dr Jeyanthi Arockiam

Specialist Pain Physician

  • Dr Alan Nazha

Saturday 10th April 2021

The Hills Lodge, 1 Salisbury Road
Castle Hill N.S.W 2154

8:45 am - 4:45 pm



Register for our upcoming webinars below:

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The Hills Private and Norwest Private Hospitals invites General Practitioners andAllied Health professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting with Dr Vanessa Perotti, Dr Fatemeh Sarmast and hosted by Suzanne Hall.

Activity ID: 220786

The aim of this webinar is to assist GPs to exclude the possibility of serious pathology in back pain presentations by debating red flags. The clinical guidelines consistently specify that imaging is only required in specific circumstances, and that there is a critical need for primary care clinicians to engage in thoughtful use of imaging procedures, and to consider alternative or adjunct methods for providing reassurance, in order to avoid or mitigate the potential negative impact of ‘anomalous’ findings.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyse if red flags are present in the patient’s presenting with back pain;
  2. Apply a systematic approach to the management and rehabilitation of chronic back pain;
  3. Identify when the criteria for an immediate referral of patients is met.


photo of Dr Vanessa Perotti BSc(Hons) MBBS MHL FRACS (Neurosurgery)

Dr Vanessa Perotti BSc(Hons) MBBS MHL FRACS (Neurosurgery)

Neurosurgeon @Norwest Private Hospital

Dr Vanessa Perotti is a neurosurgeon with interests in all aspects of neurosurgery including brain, spine conditions and peripheral nerve disorders. Dr Perotti is a medical graduate of the University of Sydney and completed neurosurgical training at John Hunter, Liverpool, St George, Royal North Shore and Macquarie University Hospitals. She also completed training overseas in Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand and an observership at Columbia-Presbertyrian Hospital, New York. Dr Perotti completed her training and was awarded Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2017. Post fellowship, Dr Perotti completed further training in the Northern Territory in neuro-trauma and rural and remote surgery, followed by further training in South Australia where she was awarded a spinal fellowship from Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.

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Dr Fatemeh Sarmast MBBS FAFRM

Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist @The Hills Private Hospital

Dr Fatemeh Sarmast is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine with admitting rights to The Hills Private Hospital. She oversees the day program and conducts patient assessment as well as managing our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Dr Fatemeh Sarmast commenced her medical career as an international medical graduate, obtaining her Medical Doctorate (MBBS equivalent) in 2009 from Tehran, Iran (Shahid Beheshti University). She started working as a Resident Medical Officer in Australia in 2012 and finished her advanced training at Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2019. Specialist patient care includes: • Post joint replacement • Frequent falls in elderly • Multi-trauma/reconditioning • Pain and spasticity management • Amputees • Neurological disorders such as stroke and multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, brain injury, dementia, and Motor Neurone Disease • Work related injury and NDIS

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.



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


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.

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