VoteGP | RACGP | AMA

Did you know it is election season? It’s almost time to decide on the leadership teams that the RACGP and AMA will have moving forwards in these uncertain days.

 

First, the RACGP.

 

Three GPs have thrown their hats into the ring so far – I wish them all the best of luck, a fair hearing, and look forward to the RACGP elections as a beacon of probity and ethical behaviour rarely seen in our country’s elections.

Election info here

Voting info here

 

DR KAREN PRICE

 

DR CHRIS IRWIN

 

DR AYMAN SHENOUDA

 

Vote! The turn out for the RACGP elections is quite small (why?) and so your vote really does count. Take the time to be informed and again, vote!

 

Now, the AMA.

 

National Conference 1 August

 

At the recent Federal AMA Annual General Meeting the Association’s Constitution was amended to authorise the AMA National Conference to be held on-line. The AMA National Conference, at which election of a new Federal President and Vice President will be conducted, will be held by Zoom video conference from 10am AEST on Saturday 1 August 2020.

 

Nominations for President and Vice President are now open. Nominations can be made by way of email to secgen@ama.com.au. Nominations close at 5pm AEST on Friday 17 July.

 

The AMA has adopted a target of 40% women, 40% men, and 20% flexible for all AMA Councils, Committees and Boards, with a gender diversity target of women holding 50% of Federal AMA representative positions overall by 2021. AMA members are invited to help achieve these targets. These targets will particularly inform the finalisation of the expression of interest assessment for uncontested delegate positions.

 

Of course, if you want to vote for a great General Practice, supporting great GPs to serve their patients, with wonderful services and facilities…the choice is clear!

 

PartridgeGP

 

Divided, the Empire must unite…

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is
one of China’s four Great Classical Novels. The title of this blog post is more fully:

The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been.

PartridgeGP is based on a triple promise that we will be great for our patients and our community, GPs and our staff, and for the owners and the practice. Further, we will provide a comprehensive, professional, empowering, and sustainable service at all times.

Our friendly neighbourhood pharmacist sent this to me (see below). He was a little worried about the threat to his full service pharmacy and also to great General Practice.

Hmmmm

Now different companies will have different service offerings at different levels of the market. Think Porsche and Hyundai. Both very acceptable to different groups. Maybe even acceptable to the same group at different times. I’m not sure they are competitors.

I put my thoughts down here:

Upon reflection…

So keep playing to your strengths, keep doing your best, and unite not divide.

If you want to join a team that’s here to guide and help our valued patients, give Dr Nick Tellis or Dr Nick Mouktaroudis a call at PartridgeGP on 8295 3200!

PartridgeGP | Telehealth | COVID19 | Physical Examination

We all want to provide great general practice care. Most of this comes from time, curiosity, and interest in our patients. When we turn our attention and medical skills to their problems and issues we do better work.

Physical examination has been around since antiquity and is a useful adjunct to taking a great history. Much like over investigating, physical examination is not always needed.

General practice is so much more than compliance and paperwork.

So much can be pared away to reveal the essence of what we do.

In the time of #COVID19, perhaps we can chip away to reveal our statues of David rather than be inflexible blocks of government marble.

More ideas here!

Another set of thoughts, better expressed…

It’s time for emergency physicians to put away our stethoscopes

By Jeremy Samuel Faust

Since 1986, federal law has mandated that any patient requesting emergency medical care must be evaluated by a physician to assess for any threatening conditions. The law, often referred to as the “anti-dumping law,” requires that physicians perform a medical screening evaluation, including a physical examination.

Over time, the interpretation of this mandate has slowly expanded, not by law so much as by custom. This is why emergency rooms have become our nation’s safety net for care. Despite increasing popularity of urgent-care clinics and telehealth, many patients who could have safely been cared for elsewhere still end up in emergency rooms.

While many of us embrace that mission with pride, it is dangerous and wasteful in the coronavirus pandemic. We need to course-correct to keep everyone safe. Exposing patients to emergency rooms is now far riskier than it was before. In turn, health-care workers must assume that all patients are infected. This forces us to blow through personal protective equipment that we desperately need so that we do not become infected ourselves.

Over the past few decades, we have learned that many, if not most, of our physical examination maneuvers provide little reliable information. In most cases, the information we need can be obtained simply by interviewing patients. But old habits die hard, and patients seem to love our stethoscopes. In our current situation, that simply won’t do.

We need the federal government to allow us to perform medical screening exams via video or through glass doors, even for patients entering emergency rooms. The removal of the requirement that we evaluate every patient by hand will save resources and keep everyone safer.

In recent meetings and phone calls with stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has signaled that it is seriously considering making this change. But it has not materialized, and time is of the essence. The moment to act is now.

Jeremy Samuel Faust is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Health Policy and Public Health, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Telemedicine | RACGP | PartridgeGP

The RACGP SA&NT in conjunction with SA Health and a local panel of presenters, will be presenting a webinar update on Telemedicine, discussing tips and tricks related to undertaking telehealth in your practice.

 

WATCH HERE

 

 

Topics to be covered:

·         Discussing the role of telehealth and the consent process

·         New MBS item numbers

·         Registrars working remotely

·         Undertaking paperwork when working remotely

·         E-prescribing Legislation

·         Combining telehealth with face to face consults

·         Rolling Q&A

Date:  Thursday, 16 April 2020

Time: 6.30-7.30 pm

Cost: FREE

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://racgp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eGyo0yuBR-iLE0Pvh6YehA

Registrations close 5pm Thursday 16 April 2020.

Presenters:

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick – Deputy Chair, RACGP SA&NT & SA Health COVID-19 GP Liaison Team

Dr Daniel Byrne – SA Health COVID-19 GP Liaison Team

Dr Alvin Chua – RACGP SA&NT Council member

Dr Nicholas Tellis – GP, Owner PartridgeGP

Coronavirus 101 | PartridgeGP

The pandemic is here. This is what we can all do:

Watch a short video!

Wash your hands! Soap and water and 20 seconds if you can, alcohol hand sanitiser is second best.

Don’t touch your face! Dr George Forgan-Smith demonstrates in the short video at the link…and goes further with…

Social distancing. Try and stay 1-1.5m away from people. Don’t hug, kiss, shake hands…and DON’T do group meetings / big gatherings. These will soon be cancelled (Monday, if over 500 people) but really, it starts with you!

Dr George demonstrating cough etiquette and social distancing!

Cough into your elbow and clean your phone! Both of these will limit spread of those little virus particles!

Now that you’ve cleaned your phone, and are practicing your social distancing, USE the phone. Telehealth is here via your phone, no special equipment needed.

STAY AT HOME, USE THE PHONE

Great advice if you’re unwell, good advice just for day to day. Call PartridgeGP on 08 82953200 for a phone appointment!

So remember

Wash Your Hands

Wash. Your. Hands.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Social Distancing

Social distancing works

Clean Your Phone

Use Your Phone

Stay Safe and Good Luck!

Some more videos and links below:

What is Your GP trying to do about this?

What about kids and schools?

What about the elderly?

What about my specialist appointment?

Thanks to:

Dr George Forgan-Smith

Dr Todd Cameron

Dr Chien-Wen Liew

Dr Sachin Patel

And please share this to all your friends and family

Coronavirus Help Desk – Partridge GP (update with Repat drive through clinic info)

We find ourselves at the start of a seeming pandemic.

 

Coronavirus – latest government info – CLICK HERE

 

If unwell with cough/cold symptoms, stay home and use the phone

 

CALL coronavirus hotline 1800 020 080

free advice, home testing after doctor advice

CALL healthdirect 1800 022 222

free advice

 

If further advice needed

 

CALL PartridgeGP 0882953200

phone consult, private fee, no Medicare rebate

CALL/ATTEND

nRAH

Flinders Medical Centre

Lyell McEwin Hospital

coronavirus clinics

free, can see and/or swab

 

updated re the Repat drive through clinic

 

Accessing the Repat Collection Centre:

Patients must be booked into this service to ensure a controlled flow

Bookings are to be made by the practice by ringing 8222 3000

The practice is to advise patient of date and time of booking

Fax the request form to SA Pathology on 7117 5085

The service is available between 8.00 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Access is via Gate 4, 216 Daws Road, then follow the signs

Please ask patients to remain in their car and the SA Pathology staff will come to them

Instruct the patient to remain in isolation until the results have been communicated to them by you (their GP)

 

The Royal Adelaide Hospital

7 days a week 0900-2000 – walk in, just follow the signs!

Royal Adelaide Clinic Location HERE

NEW Southern Suburbs Coronavirus Priority Care Clinic

 453 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park 7 days a week, walk in 1000-2000

 

How Do I Self-Isolate- click HERE!

AND HERE

OR HERE!

 

 

 

coronaadvice

 

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Drive through COVID in Victoria!

Oh…you thought I meant testing!

I meant THIS

 

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In other news

We find ourselves at the start of a seeming pandemic.

Coronavirus.

In addition to the medical risks to themselves, their friends and families, and their patients, GPs have to consider the risks to their livelihood and practices.

We can’t help our patients if we are ill.

We can’t help our patients if our practices are closed.

We can’t help our patients if we are isolated at home.

There may be solutions. One, from Dr Todd Cameron and Dr Sachin B Patel, is outlined in the following videos.

 

1. GPs to instigate protocols in the way they see patients

2. GPs to alter the things they need to see patients face to face for

3. GP Practices to support the GPs who pay them to do so

4. Use telehealth and have MBS item numbers 23/36 cover this in this time of need

The videos are here

 

And here

 

So what can you do as a GP to make these things happen?

Stephen Covey talks about a circle of influence and a circle of concern. Your circle of influence should be larger than your circle of concern or you just worry about things you can’t change. Let’s go further and consider a circle of impact.

Where can you apply your time and skills to make a change?

Here it is.

Join the AMA.

They have about 6000 GP members (my guesstimate). You can join for a monthly fee of somewhere between $15-130 a month as a GP or registrar. You don’t have to join the AMA – it is entirely voluntary. You can leave at any time, and take your money with you.

So join.

On your application, quite clearly state why you are joining and that this is THE thing you would like the AMA to make an impact on. The AMA have access to the politicians. From your membership to their ears.

Watch the videos.

Make your decision.

Join.

Take action.

Make a difference.

Good luck!

 

 

Coronavirus Help Desk – Partridge GP

We find ourselves at the start of a seeming pandemic.

Coronavirus – latest government info – CLICK HERE

 

If unwell with cough/cold symptoms, stay home and use the phone

 

CALL coronavirus hotline 1800 020 080

free advice, home testing after doctor advice

CALL healthdirect 1800 022 222

free advice

 

If further advice needed

 

CALL PartridgeGP 0882953200

phone consult, private fee, no Medicare rebate

CALL/ATTEND

nRAH

Flinders Medical Centre

Lyell McEwin Hospital

coronavirus clinics

free, can see and/or swab

The Royal Adelaide Hospital

7 days a week 0900-2000 – walk in, just follow the signs!

Royal Adelaide Clinic Location HERE

NEW Southern Suburbs Coronavirus Priority Care Clinic

 453 Morphett Rd, Oaklands Park 7 days a week, walk in 1000-2000

 

How Do I Self-Isolate- click HERE!

AND HERE

OR HERE!

 

 

coronaadvice

 

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GPs. Protect yourself. Join the AMA. Good reading for politicians!

We find ourselves at the start of a pandemic.

Coronavirus.

In addition to the medical risks to themselves, their friends and families, and their patients, GPs have to consider the risks to their livelihood and practices.

We can’t help our patients if we are ill.

We can’t help our patients if our practices are closed.

We can’t help our patients if we are isolated at home.

There may be solutions. One, from Dr Todd Cameron and Dr Sachin B Patel, is outlined in the following videos.

1. GPs to instigate protocols in the way they see patients – pivot to PHONE

2. GPs to alter the things they need to see patients face to face for – PHONE!

3. GP Practices to support the GPs who pay them to do so – BE SAFE!

4. Use telehealth and have MBS item numbers 23/36 cover this in this time of need

The videos are here

And here

So what can you do as a GP to make these things happen?

Stephen Covey talks about a circle of influence and a circle of concern. Your circle of influence should be larger than your circle of concern or you just worry about things you can’t change. Let’s go further and consider a circle of impact.

Where can you apply your time and skills to make a change?

Here it is.

Join the AMA.

They have about 6000 GP members (my guesstimate). You can join for a monthly fee of somewhere between $15-130 a month as a GP or registrar. You don’t have to join the AMA – it is entirely voluntary. You can leave at any time, and take your money with you.

So join.

On your application, quite clearly state why you are joining and that this is THE thing you would like the AMA to make an impact on. The AMA have access to the politicians. From your membership to their ears.

Watch the videos.

Make your decision.

Join.

Take action.

Make a difference.

Good luck!

Coronavirus and PartridgeGP

A new Coronavirus (similar to the common cold) has broken out in Wuhan, China. Many people seem to be worried.

The Symptoms

For now, our advice mirrors State and Federal Health advice:

UPDATED CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

Coronavirus

Call @PartridgeGP for a conversation, not to attend. Patients can also call Health Direct on 1800 022 222


If patients have travelled to China in the past 14 days and have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or breathlessness, avoid contact with other
people, do not go into crowded places, or take public transport.

Patients should not attend general practice. They should be referred over the phone to the hospital emergency department and the ED should be informed to prepare for the patient’s arrival. The only testing should be in a public health setting.

Health Direct has a team of public health doctors for triage and assessment and referral to emergency. Public health will notify emergency departments in advance.

If patients at risk attend PartridgeGP this is what we will do:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/pages/coronavirus-clinical-guidance.aspx

If you have cold and flu type symptoms or fever AND have recently travelled overseas to China or been with someone who has…SEE THE ADVICE ABOVE