Perspectives on palliative care – special session Tweed, Fri 28 Nov 2014


A special session for clinicians and other involved parties to discuss palliative care with a leading Australian expert will be held at the Wedgetail Retreat near Murwillumbah on Friday 28 November, 11.00am-1.30 pm.

The session is organised by Tweed Palliative Support, which provides free, home-based and live-in hospice support for people living with life-limiting illness and who require end-of-life care.

The talk and following Q & As will feature Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM, the first Chair of Palliative Care at Flinders University and inaugural President of the Australasian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Australian and NZ Society for Palliative Medicine.

Dr Maddocks was Senior Australian of the Year in 2013.

Titled “Dying Well – A medical, family and community perspective,” the session will also include lunch.

The location is 12 Wedgetail Court, Dulguigan. Bookings at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel. Deirdre on 0408 897 211.



David Guest, Chairman NRGPN

Modern general practice is not confined to the consultation room. As practitioners we are constantly striving to improve our medical knowledge and keep abreast of new facilities and techniques available in the local area. When new approaches are enabled by funding changes from Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs, we adapt our practices to address the health issues of our patients.

The year to 30 June 2013 was one of significant change for the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN). No longer a government funded organisation, we were obliged to pare back our expenses and look for new sources of income, while staying true to our original aims. After 12-plus months of hard work we are, at the time of writing, well on the road to realising the future vision for the NRGPN. 

In April 2012, under a front-page banner proclaiming it to be the “Last edition of GPSpeak”, editor Janet Grist paid homage to those who had preceded her. In singling out Katherine Breen Kuruczev, the longest occupant of the editor’s chair, she said, “Her talent, drive and sheer hard work created a vibrant and relevant magazine for general practice.”

 Welcome to the September 2013 edition of GPSpeak, our first in 18 months and the first ever in an exclusively online format.

Our inaugural edition appeared in November 1993, in the early days of the Northern Rivers Division of General Practice, as the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN) was known at the time, and there was much excitement in the projects we were undertaking. There were high hopes for making a real difference in primary care, and many of these have been realised.