- Written by by Sharyn White, CEO NCGPT
The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) has recently commissioned North Coast GP Training to deliver a range of professional development and networking events across the North Coast over the next 12 months.
Sharyn White, the new CEO of NCGPT, outlines their plans.
NCGPT is excited at the prospect of being able to facilitate educational events for the NCPHN. We have made a commitment to deliver educational opportunities that are high quality, locally clinically relevant and that will build strong local clinical neighbourhoods.
Under the contract NCGPT will deliver a range of CPD events and support local clinical societies and nurse networks across the region.
Clinical education groups (referred to as “Clinical Societies”) that are supported by NCGPT can expect administrative support and assistance with obtaining professional development points for the meetings. This will be welcomed by local educational groups which have struggled with this administrative burden in the past.
- Written by Dr John Vaughan, Immediate Past Chairman, HMGPN
Farewell to Hastings Macleay General Practice Network
At the Annual General Meeting of the Hastings Macleay General Practice Network (HMGPN) on 19 March 2019 it was announced that the organisation would be wound up.
HMGPN started in 1994 as part of the Labor government’s initiative to build a framework for supporting general practice at the local level. It was one of four Divisions of General Practice, as they were then known, covering the North Coast footprint from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.
The Divisions and later Networks ceased further direct Federal government funding after the establishment of Medicare Locals in 2013, putting great financial pressure on these organisations and causing many of them to cease operation.
- Written by John Langill, CEO, North Coast GP Training (2006 – 2019), looks back on his time skippering the iconic regional organisation.
John Langill, CEO, North Coast GP Training (2006 – 2019), looks back on his time skippering the iconic regional organisation.
As I sat down to write about my time with North Coast GP Training, I couldn’t decide whether to take you on a nostalgic journey back to when the company was just starting out, or concentrate on the wonderful GPs-in-training with whom we worked over the years or perhaps focus on new beginnings, fresh starts and a continuation of the story.
Let’s go with the last, the future is always more interesting, and if things change then I can’t be held to account!
- Written by Andrew Binns
Named for an English audience after the explorer Edward John Eyre, who first sighted it in 1840, Australia’s Lake Eyre is still one of the natural wonders of the world. Not for thirty years would the lake’s expanse be determined, and was 113 years before the site would be renamed Kati Thander, the sacred Aboriginal name for its more common characteristic, a flat salt pan. Showing how dry and hard it can be, it was chosen in 1964 as the site for Donald Campbell’s successful world land-speed record (of 403mph) in his wheel-driven Bluebird.
The traditional name refers to “how the lake was formed after the skin of a kangaroo was spread over the ground”.
When full, it is one of the largest inland seas in the world as well as being the lowest natural point in Australia at 15 metres below sea level. On the rare occasion when totally full - a major flood may occur about every eight years - it covers 9,500 square kilometers. The feeder rivers such as Warburton Creek, Cooper Creek and Diamantina River from Queensland’s Channel Country turn the whole basin into a vast wetland.
- Written by Dr Andrea Zarkovic, Ophthalmologist. myEyeSpecialist, Ballina and Robina MBChB, PGDipOphthBS
Dr Andrea Zarkovic shares valuable tips on maintaining vision in AMD patients in the primary care setting.
Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and those at high risk of developing the disease make up a large proportion of patients attending general practice.GPs can play an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients with macular degeneration.
Who should be checked for wet AMD?
Prevalence of AMD-related blindness in Australia has declined in recent years. While this is largely due to successful treatment, the key to success has been early diagnosis prompted by awareness of AMD in the general population and medical community.
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