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5 April 2016
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100% OF OUR FUTURE - Managing children's health in country
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016

The Annual RDWA Conference this year is focussed on managing today to fulfil our hopes for tomorrow.

Our country kids make up 30% of our population but will be 100% of our future. This year’s conference is all about the health of country kids.

The program we have put together covers many of the topics that you as rural GPs face on a daily basis. There are sessions on trauma management, pain management, immunisation, asthma, diabetes management, allergies, child trauma, behavioural development, ENT, burns management and otitis media.

It is well understood that the scope of practice required for rural GPs goes beyond what is required by your metro counterparts. To ensure that you have access to the latest information and clinical knowledge we have sourced the best in their fields to present sessions at this year’s conference. This also reinforces the connections to the specialists in each of the areas that support services that you manage locally.

We will also be running a half day pre-conference workshop for our doctors who are on their pathway to Fellowship focussing on musculoskeletal management.

We have a concurrent Family Program with activities for children of all ages and for parents and partners.

Our student program has become a regular feature and there will be a full day of activities for up to 100 University students from the three rural clubs. As part of the student program this year RDWA is pleased to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to be involved in the Helping Hands project to build prosthetic hands.

It’s also a special year as we celebrate with the doctors who have given 25 years of service to rural communities. This year we will also be recognising the doctors who have given 35 years or more service. The Long Service Medals Awards will be presented by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, as part of the RDWA Annual Conference Dinner. This black tie event will be held on the Saturday night of the Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

We look forward to seeing you in May.

Register now for the RDWA Annual Conference.

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GP Local Event for April and May

Palliative Care, Barossa
Tuesday 12 April 2016 6.30 to 8.30pm, Wanera Wine Bar, 65 Murray Street, Angaston

Presented by Dr Lawrie Palmer and Dr Mil Chan, Palliative Care Specialists, this presentation will aim to increase GPs knowledge of pain management in a palliative care setting including how to identify what analgesics and adjuvants should be considered when initial analgesics fail, how to recognise when a patient is palliative and how to identify appropriate care options. The session will increase GPs knowledge of what medicines to use and what to prescribe at end of life. Dr Palmer and Dr Chan will be joined by Ms Ros Mibus, Palliative Care Nurse, who will provide insight on palliative care management from a nursing perspective.

Register now for Barossa event. Registrations for this event will be $35.00 to be paid on registration. This fee will include a main course meal, with beverages available for purchase. A receipt will be provided to you after registration for tax purposes.

Obesity and Surgery, Eyre Peninsula
Friday 20 May 2016 6.30 to 9.00pm, Mortlock Room, Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Presented by Mr Justin Bessell, this presentation will aim to increase GPs knowledge of evidence-based weight management programs, therapies and multidisciplinary interventions for managing obesity and discuss the recommended approach to weight management in children and adolescents. Mr Bessell will also outline the process for identification of suitable patients for Bariatric management of metabolic disease including how to select patients for Bariatric surgery and describe how to manage patients who present with "Bariatric emergencies” or problems after surgery.

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Meredith Carlier at

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Resident Rural GP Partner/Spouse Grants

The RDWA recognises the professional and personal development needs of the partners and spouses of resident GPs.

The RDWA is offering grants of up to $3,000 to support partners and spouses to develop career or business opportunities, or to assist in study, professional development or personal development.

Applications must be received by 5pm Thursday 21 April 2016. Visit RDWA Family Programs for further information or contact Family Programs on 08 8234 8277 or email

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Register now - medSPACE UMAT Preparation Workshops for 2016

Completing the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) is a key requirement when applying for medicine or dentistry. RDWA’s medSPACE UMAT Preparation Workshop is for students who have a rural background and need to sit the UMAT for admission into university in 2017.

The program provides you with a comprehensive one-day workshop delivered by MedEntry in one of three locations:
Whyalla - 30 April 2016
Adelaide - 21 May 2016
Mount Gambier - 4 June 2016

For more information and to apply, visit medSPACE UMAT Preparation Workshops.

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Doctors’ Health SA 2016 Doctors for Doctors (D4D) Seminar

When: Saturday 28 May 2016, 8.30am to 4.00pm
Where: RACGP College House, 15 Gover Street, North Adelaide

Who: Experienced urban and rural GPs with Fellowships who treat other doctors and want to know more


  • This professionally important and personally fulfilling seminar will equip you with additional skills and confidence to care for your doctor patients and assist unwell colleagues.
  • Topics include barriers to doctors seeking health care, mental health of doctors, the impaired doctor, drug and alcohol issues in doctors and the evidence-based health check-up.
  • In the last 5 years, 140 doctors have attended this seminar.
  • This seminar is provided to you at no cost.
  • It attracts 5 MIGA Risk Management Points, 40 RACGP Cat 1 points and 30 ACRRM PDP points.

How: Register online now or for further information please contact Dr Roger Sexton 0408 089 423 or Rebecca Starkey at sapmea on 08 8267 6054.

Diary Date - RDWA Events

13-14 May
RDWA Annual Conference

20-21 May
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Port Pirie (waiting list only)

12-14 July
medSPACE Residential Workshop

RDWA | Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Inc
63 Henley Beach Road Mile End South Australia 5031 | Telephone: +61 8 8234 8277 | Facsimile: +61 8 8234 0002

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