19 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 Events for May and June

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

Dermatology Update, Eyre Peninsula
Wednesday 8 June 2016 6.30 to 9.00pm, Mortlock Room, Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Presented by Dr Simon Khoury, this update will assist GPs to improve knowledge on best practice protocols and management plans for common dermatoses; increase knowledge of common dermatoses with atypical presentations and increase awareness of uncommon dermatoses.

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

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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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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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Institute for Resilient Regions Survey: An examination of wellbeing and work factors among Australian medical doctors

The Institute for Resilient Regions, within the University of Southern Queensland, helps regional communities build resilience and adapt successfully to change. The research team is currently investigating the impact of various work-related stressors on practicing doctors and requires input from rural GPs regarding the effects of occupational stress among doctors in regional locations. Feedback will help inform the development of a stress management program designed specifically for doctors.
Participation involves the completion of an online questionnaire that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Responses can be submitted anonymously. The survey can be accessed via the link
For more information please contact the research team on or (07) 3470 4157.

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Country Health SA LHN Safety and Quality Alert no. 8-2016

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) have released a Safety and Quality Alert (8-2016) on:
Class II - T34L and NIKI T34 Ambulatory syringe pumps
Class II - Virage Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic (OCT) Spinal Fixation System - Closure Caps (used to stabilise support or correct alignment of spinal vertebrae)

Class II - Oxoid Nitrocefin (+ Reconstitution Fluid)
Class II -Renasys GO External Power Supply Units

For information of all country health services and rural doctors. Please see the alert for more information.

Diary Date - RDWA Events

13-14 May
RDWA Annual Conference

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

3-4 June
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Renmark (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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