St. Vincent’s Annual GP Symposium 2018
Supporting General Practice QA&CPD 8 points
Date: Saturday 21st April 2018
Venue: GG Restaurant
158 Clarendon Street
East Melbourne 3002
Time: 8.30am-1.00pm – morning tea included
(Registration from 8.00am)
Chair - Dr Dave Isaac, GP
Functional bowel disease – the four pillars of treatment of IBS explained.
Dr Chamara Basnayake
Fatty Liver- making the diagnosis, when to worry and what treatment works.
Dr Marno Ryan
The challenges of breast care in the Google age: customised screening, the worried well and how to get it right!
Miss Caroline Baker
Pills or Pot, Placebo or Panacea: pain management in an era of opiate misuse.
Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management
Demystifying heart failure and pulmonary hypertension – GP management or referral?
A/Prof David Prior & A/Prof Andrew Burns
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Advance Care Planning 1 Day Workshops
St Vincent's Hospital - 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Healy Wing Level 3 Clinical Education & Simulation Centre Conference Room
- Friday 20 April 2018
- Thursday 9 August 2018
- Monday 3 September 2018
- Wednesday 17 October 2018
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
This one day workshop covers what Advance Care Planning (ACP) is, the current legal framework, communication skills, cultural considerations and the St Vincent’s bestCARE model. The workshop is open to all healthcare professionals. It is free and equips you with the knowledge and skills to participate in Advance Care Planning.
Level 2 (open to those who have completed Level 1 ACP workshop): Dates 2018 TBA.
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
This builds upon the skills and information taught in the level 1 workshop, including ACP and the law, CaLD, consumer panel, Q&As.
To register, please click on the link and select your workshop date (NB: Enter 000000 under SVHM ID)
For further information contact Caroline Scott on phone: 9231 2847 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Palliative Care Clinical Attachment for GPs
St Vincent’s Caritas Christi, Kew.
Ongoing: Tuesdays & Thursdays. More information and to book your place.
Update your skills in providing palliative care and end-of-life care. (6 Category 2 Points).
Online learning modules presented by St Vincent's Hospital Specialists
Presentations by St Vincent's Hospital clinicians are now available online.
Please view the videos below and complete the evaluation to obtain CPD points. You will need to sign up to praxhub https://praxhub.com/ and click on the modules below (you will need to login to access these free modules):
• Why is difficult asthma difficult? Dr Naghmeh Radhakrishna – Respiratory Physician
• Why is surgery important in the management of morbid obesity? Mr Michael Hii – Upper GI Surgeon
• Managing Type 2 Diabetes in 2017. Prof Richard MacIsaac – Director of Endocrinology/Diabetes
• Updates in uro-oncology: A GP perspective. Mr Lih-Ming Wong - Urologist
Health Alert: Mycobacterium chimaera - Update August 2017
In the coming month, hospitals throughout Victoria will be writing to patients regarding a potential exposure to a bacterium called Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) from heater-cooler units used during cardiac bypass procedures. The risk of acquiring M. chimaera is very low. Approximately 100 patients have been diagnosed with this infection worldwide and only five in Australia. One case has been reported from Victoria. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is providing patients with a number to call for further information but they may possibly want to discuss this issue with you as their general practitioner.
Further information provided below or call the advice line if you require patient-specific advice on Tel: (03) 9231 5096
When to consider the possibility of M. chimaera infection:
Have unexplained (ie- standard culture negative) surgical site infections, endocarditis, prosthetic valve infection, para-valvular abscess, graft infection or myocarditis. Fever, shortness or breath and weight loss are common albeit very non-specific symptoms of M. chimaera infection.
How can patients suspected to have M. chimaera infection be investigated?
How is M.chimaera treated?
What is St Vincent’s Hospital doing to minimise risk to patients
Where you can go for further information
Referrals to St Vincent's for patients with a positive FOBT:
A reminder, when referring your patients with a positive FOBT to Endoscopy Services to St V's, please indicate clearly on your letter whether the test was done through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
Patients with a positive FOBT in the NBCSP are fast-tracked and will get their endoscopy with 30 days, so please let us know.
Please use our special Endoscopy Referral form for all referrals where your patient is likely to require an endoscopy. For referral form, click here.
Advance Care Planning information for GPs
St Vincent’s supports Advance Care Planning and has an Advance Care Planning Program called bestCARE. St Vincent’s encourages clinical staff to have discussions with patients and their families, and to assist them to consider and express their informed free and autonomous preferences about their future health care needs and treatment goals.
When you refer patients to St Vincent’s, if they have an Advance Care Plan, please provide this to us. Similarly if a patient you care for is a known St Vincent’s patient and has an Advance Care Plan, please provide this to St Vincent’s. This encourages shared decision making in line with the patient’s values and presences and in accordance with the impending legislation, Medical Treatment, Planning and Decisions Act 2016.
For further assistance with Advance Care Planning at St Vincent's Hospital, please contact the Advance Care Planning Program Manager, Caroline Scott on 9231 2847 or at email@example.com or visit our website /our-services/departments-and-services/a/advance-care-planning. Please note: St Vincent’s also offers Advance Care Planning 1 day workshops which are open to GPs and practice nurses (please see "Education Events for Health Professionals" section above).
National Health Services Directory:
Please ensure your practice details are up-to-date in the National Health Services Directory so that correspondence about your patient's care can be sent from the hospital.
To update your details in NHSD please Phone: (02) 9263 9092 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quality Improvement at St Vincent's Hospital:
Improving Follow-Up Care for Patients with Low Risk Urological Cancers: Project Report
Improving GP Integration in Cancer Supportive Care in Advanced Disease Project Report - Article published in the Australian Family Physician (Jan/Feb 2017)