Issue 4, March 2009 Inside: Build your dream Exam preparation ...

Issue 4, March 2009 Inside: Build your dream Exam preparation ...

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Issue 4, March 2009


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Issue 4, March 2009

This year has begun at full throttle. In this March edition of our quarterly

newsletter we provide you with updates across a range of issues

pertinent to the education and training of our Registrars.

We are already at the eight-week mark in the 2009 education year. By this

time we would expect our Registrars, Supervisors and Practice Managers

to be well settled in their new educational arrangements. If this is not

yet the case, please know you are always welcome to make contact with

us, formally or informally. Whilst we have a number of good listeners, if

unsure who to speak with, your best first contact is Lawrie McArthur. He

will either personally seek to address the issue or progress it by including

the relevant medical education team members.

Roberta Morris has been on the Training Post trail and I know has already

visited a number of you. Together with our Liaison Officers she will be

continuing these in-practice visits throughout the year. This activity is

being conducted with the aim of strengthening our working partnership

to train over 120 Registrars within our region.

At this point it is worth noting that the urban Registrar Liaison Officer

post went through its scheduled rotation at the beginning of this

education year. We warmly welcome Jennifer Roberts into the role. She

takes over from Don Cameron who we would like to formally thank for his

enthusiastic and constructive contribution to AOGP as a Registrar in this

role. Whilst it will initially seem daunting to Jen, we know she will be ably

stewarded by Lexie Yuill, who will continue in the rural RLO post for the

2009 education year.

Our sadness at losing Emma Ryan as one of our Medical Educators has

been tempered by the gain of Don Cameron, Sarah Meertens and

Kate Haslam. Don and Sarah have a significant focus on our hospitalbased

Registrars and Kate is a welcome addition to our rural contingent

of MEs.

Finally, preparations for the AOGP Education Weekend are well

underway. This year we have a website devoted to the provision of

current information about this important event, the largest educational

activity in the annual AOGP calendar. The Board’s continuing intent is to

provide a robust educational forum that also allows for a networking and

cross-fertilisation opportunity between our two core stakeholder groups

within our rural and urban region. Further, we remain keen to ensure the

partners and/or families underpinning our doctors are included in the

weekend’s events. We continue to alternate between rural and urban

venues and this years event will be held in the Adelaide CBD.

Linda Black



Build your dream 04

Exam Preparation 05

Indigenous Health Block Release 05

Ready, set, go! 06

Tips for Practice Managers 07

RLO Update 08

SLO Update 08

AOGP Research Update 09

PGPPP Update 10

IMG Update 11

How technology can help make your

GP-life easier 11

Move over, Lance! 12

Out-of-practice Education Calendar 12


Education Weekend


Registration forms due back by 2 April

Secure your place at this special event now!

Sex, drugs & rock‘n’roll

23-24 May 2009

National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Special Guest speaker

Dr Cindy Pan

What are adolescents asking and thinking?

Plenary sessions

• Adolescent sexual health

• Communicating with young people

• The adolescent brain and teenage behaviour

• AOGP Registrars’ extraordinary journeys


• Adolescent health & creating a youth-friendly


Skills Stations

• Hot drugs on the street

• Using a dermatascope in general practice

• Implanon & contraceptive update

• CPR certification

• Taping sports injuries

• Suturing

Firing Up Integrated Training

Friday 22 May

National Wine Centre

9:30am - 4:30pm

PGPPP Stakeholders and other interested members of

the AOGP community are warmly invited to attend this

satellite event.

Keynote speaker on vertical integration cost modelling

• Integrated training expert panel & small group


• PGPPP Education development updates

• Professional development session

To register interest or receive more information, contact:

Alison Marrinan on 8366 3110 or email


Issue 4, March 2009

How could AOGP facilitate and

customise this into this Registrar’s

training? Could this casual comment be

transformed into a formal part of their GP

training as a six month Extended Skills


Dr Lawrie McArthur

Medical Director

Dr Tim Kelly

Medical Education


Dr Dragica Sosa

Medical Education




Congratulations to Dr Geoff Menzies

who was belatedly informed of his

successful completion of the 2008

RACGP examinations.

Build your dream

One of the most enjoyable aspects of

general practice is meeting new people.

Through the various AOGP training

activities, it is great to be able to put

faces to names, to chat informally and

get to know each other. Often it is from

these casual conversations that a really

useful piece of information is shared, an

insight gained, an encouragement given

and foundations laid for the future.

At a recent AOGP education block

release we sat together outside, chatted

and ate lunch. Sharing a casual few

words with these Registrars triggered

a cascade of thoughts about training.

From a Registrar relating a story about

a previous experience in Uganda came

the words ‘I would like to do something

more in this area.’ This triggered

thoughts of further study in tropical

medicine, perhaps combined with a

work practicum in a developing country.

Others around the table expressed

a diversity of interests, ranging from

aviation medicine and palliative care, to

setting up a community health clinic in

Cambodia. Currently there are AOGP

Registrars involved in traditional Extended

Skills Training that include areas like

obstetrics, palliative care, paediatrics,

sports medicine and academic special

skills. However, a thought or idea can be

transformed into Extended Skills Training

provided it clearly shows extension

beyond the core General Practice skills,

educational value, development of special

skills relevant to General Practice, and

is prospective. So at the beginning of

this new year—the beginning of your

GP training—it is a good time to dream

dreams and follow them. Talk it over early

with Dragica Sosa, Tim Kelly or Lawrie

McArthur, and we can work together to

develop and prepare these new ideas.

There are other ways a simple word or

casual observation can be transformed

and formally incorporated into training.

Perhaps it is that practice-corridor case

discussion with another GP that prompts

you to think about further exploring a

topic. By articulating this on GPRime as

a point in your Learning Plan, you will be

much more successful in reaching your

desired outcome.

In organising out-of-practice training,

AOGP welcomes Registrars’ ideas and

thoughts on areas to be addressed, and

many of you have already contributed

these during your first Registrar Directed

Learning (RDL) session.

Recently, the AOGP medical education

team described our desire to facilitate

high quality training in General Practice as

‘Yes we can!’. Simple words of inspiration

and encouragement come from the most

unlikely of origins—was that saying from

Barack Obama or Bob the Builder?!


Dr Taryn Elliott

Education Team Coordinator

Quality Assurance & Research

Ms Vanessa Ryan

Education Team Coordinator

Program Delivery

Exam preparation

With the approaching exams, now is an

appropriate time to discuss some hints

and tips for exam preparation.

Start early

We recommend that early in your

training you consider which pathway

you intend to take—RACCP, ACRRM or

both. This will allow you to develop an

understanding of the requirements and

assessment processes associated with

your chosen pathway. Once you have

an understanding of the assessment

requirements, you will be able to

consider when you will undertake them.

Make a plan

Remember that developing and

implementing a learning plan is a

requirement at AOGP. Therefore, you

will already have an understanding

of your strengths and areas for

development. This is a good basis for

your exam preparation. You should

review your learning plan leading

up to the exam. Try to incorporate

exam-focused learning objectives.

For example, you may like to practise

multiple choice questions while timing

yourself. Draw upon the experience

and knowledge of your Supervisor/

Trainer, Medical Educators, and other

colleagues or examiners to collect useful

hints and tips for your exam preparation.

Allow yourself plenty of time to

undertake these exam preparation


Identify resources

A number of resources are available

for exam preparation. A good summary

can be found in the AOGP Exam

Preparation Handbook. This can be

downloaded from GPRime under iForms

and Documents. Your Supervisor/Trainer

also has access to the Handbook via


Join a study group

Many Registrars have found that joining

a study group is an effective way to

prepare for exams and assessments.

Sometimes rurally placed Registrars

have found it difficult to meet face to

face. To overcome this difficultly, other

methods of communication have been

utilised such as the internet or phone

based discussion groups.

If you are interested in becoming

involved in a study group, please

contact Dr Taryn Elliott,

Attend AOGP out-of-practice

training sessions that focus on the


GPT3 Registrars are invited to

participate in two exam-focused

sessions. One of these sessions

involves an examiner presenting their

perspective, the other is a mock clinical

exam. Those Registrars who are not in

their GPT3 but are undertaking their

exam/s are also invited to attend.

Attention Supervisors

Upcoming Indigenous Health Block Release

In 2008, two of our Supervisors attended an Indigenous Health Block Release with

GPT1 and GPT2 Registrars. This was an innovative idea with the aim of increasing

Supervisors knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Health and Cultural


You are invited to indicate your interest as this fantastic opportunity is being offered

again this year. AOGP is offering to fund one Supervisor to attend the upcoming

June Block Release—Thursday 25 June and Friday 26 June in Port Augusta.

During the 2 day Block Release, you will have the opportunity to undertake cultural

awareness, visit an Aboriginal Medical Service and an aboriginal community while

learning about Aboriginal Health and Social issues broadly. Time away from your

practice will be paid and accommodation and meals will be organised and paid for


Please contact Vanessa Ryan for more information on 08 8366 3136

or email


Issue 4, March 2009

We welcome the

following new

training posts

and look forward

to working

together with


Alice Springs Family Medical Centre

(share practice with NTGPE)

Playford Clinic, Whyalla

Ready, set, go!

We have sprinted off the 2009 starting

blocks and it’s full steam ahead for a

busy semester!

The Education Weekend is coming

together and is set to be a fantastic

combination of educational activities and

fun for all the family. We have created

a website that provides information

about the weekend and which will be

continually updated as the program

becomes finalised. Visit the website at:

or via links on GPRime or the AOGP

website. Keep checking for the latest

news and updates.

Specifically relating to Supervisor skills,

our first Teaching on the Run Course for

new Supervisors will be held at the end

of March. The three modules covered in

the course are:

• Clinical Teaching

• Teaching a Skill

• Assessment & Appraisal

These modules are informative, useful,

fun and build skills and confidence in

our Supervisors. AOGP is also planning

to offer an extended and adapted

course as a refresher to our experienced

Supervisors during 2009.

Our Supervisor Liaison Officers, who

play an important role in keeping in

touch with our practices, will be making

contact shortly with new Supervisors

and practices. They will offer assistance

and information as required. As a

conduit for Supervisors, they will

provide AOGP with relevant feedback

so that we can continue to develop our

practices and teaching program. The

change-over of SLOs will be happening

in May 2009, so look out for nomination

forms in the coming months.

If you are interested in finding out more

information about the SLO role, please

contact Rod Pearce or Graham Morris,

our current SLOs.

Our Practice Manager Liaison Officers

are also continuing in their visits,

providing support and assistance to new

and existing Practice Managers. GPRime

remains high on the agenda!

This peer-support approach is very

exciting and will increase capacity in our

practices to continue the excellent work

undertaken in training our Registrars.

My visits to practices expressing an

interest in becoming a teaching post

highlights for me the diversity of general

practice experiences in our region that

Registrars could potentially be offered.

There are many GPs with a keen interest

in being mentor/teachers and providing

memorable training for Registrars with a

view to increasing the general practice

workforce within our region.

I have also been visiting a selection

of practices and meeting with Primary

Supervisors to discuss the 2009

AOGP Agreement. This has been a

great opportunity to see some of the

wonderful practices that our Registrars

get to experience, and also to chat about

how Registrars are settling in and how

the in-practice teaching is going. I will

endeavour to visit as many practices as I

can throughout the year.

Ms Roberta Morris

Medical Education


Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service


Tips for Practice


Welcome to Term 1 2009. Hopefully the

initial rush of activity has settled down

for practices and Registrars, so now

would be a good time to revisit Registrar


If this is your Registrar’s first placement

in general practice, they will be facing

a significantly different scenario to their

large hospital environments. Some

of the concerns that Registrars have

expressed about entering general

practice are:

• access to the Supervisor

• appropriate investigations

• management of patient recalls

• negotiating the Medicare schedule

• systems management

• time management and

• management of difficult patient


Now would be a good time to check on

those concerns with your Registrar. Are

there resources that you, as a Practice

Manager, can put into place in order to

assist? Do some of the initial training

sessions need to encompass these

areas of concern?

Commencing at a new practice means

a lot of new information, unfamiliar

rooms as well as new patients. Although

orientation has been completed, it

could be prudent to arrange a time with

your Registrar to revisit the information

covered and provide an opportunity to

expand on it or just clarify it. It will also

provide an opportunity for the Registrar

to ask any questions that may have

arisen since commencing.

Some points to consider in order to

help your new Registrar:

Summary of Registrar Activities


• Schedule some time with your

Registrar to check on SORAs.

• What is the Registrar’s

understanding of these essential


• Has there been discussion about

completing the SORAs? What

information will the Registrar input

and what part will the practice


Teaching Sessions

• Has the appointment diary been

adjusted for training sessions?

• Does the schedule allow

for everyone to clear their

commitments and get to the


• Have RDLs been allowed for

in the diary and have practice

rosters been amended to suit?

eg Education Weekend, out-ofpractice

training, and, if known,

Medical Educator visits.

• Are there other essential

education/training activities that

require adjustments to the diary?

These other activities are essential

criteria for Registrars and training

posts to undertake.

Learning Plan

• Have the Registrar and Supervisor

identified any training which

will require you as the Practice

Manager to organise patients,

outside resources such as DATIS

or Divisional programs?

• Have you considered what training

you as Practice Manager can


• Are there particular educational

areas that the Registrar has

identified that your practice

specialises in?

• If your practice has access to

Allied Health professionals, is this

an appropriate educational avenue

for your Registrar?

Rural Registrars

For rural Registrars, relocation

presents another set of challenges.

Rural practices and Registrars need

to address the additional issues of

accommodation, family support and

hospital access prior to placement.

• Now that the Registrar has

commenced their term and has

‘unpacked their bags’, do they

need any further information on

the region, its services, attractions

and activities?

As Practice Managers, our role is

to ensure efficient running of the

practice. Providing Registrars with the

support and information they need to

accomplish a smooth transition will

assist in achieving that goal, as well as

making the process beneficial to the


Mr Danny Haydon

Practice Manager Liaison

Officer - Rural

Ms Deb Docking

Practice Manager Liaison

Officer - Urban


Issue 4, March 2009

RLO Update

Hi everyone, and welcome to another

exciting year. We trust that everyone is

finding their feet in their new practices

or new hospital terms and finding

general practice to be as richly varied

and rewarding as they had hoped.

Lexie is continuing on as the rural RLO

this year, whilst Don Cameron has

moved on to become an AOGP Medical

Educator. We thank him for his many

wonderful contributions as urban RLO

in 2008 and wish him well in his new

role. Jen Roberts will now take on the

position of urban RLO and we welcome

her to the role. Please don’t hesitate

to contact either of us if we can be of

assistance–no query is too big or small.


All AOGP Registrars have the

opportunity to access many different

courses throughout their training. The

Emergency Life Support and Rural

Radiology courses have already been

run for the first half of 2009 and the

Advanced Paediatric Life Support

(APLS) course will soon take place,

with the Emergency Management of

Severe Trauma (EMST) in August. The

APLS and EMST courses in particular

have long waiting lists, so register your

interest early.


Once again, the annual General

Practice Registrars Australia conference

will be held in Canberra in March.

This will focus on developments in

general practice training and the

future landscape of general practice

in Australia. It is always a week full of

information, educational opportunities

and a chance to meet with RLOs from

across Australia.

Last year, Don and Lexie were fortunate

to attend a series of forums with SA

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paddy

Phillips. The presentation in December

looked at the Physicians Assistant trial

that is being undertaken in several

Adelaide tertiary hospitals.


It’s hard to believe, but some Registrars

are currently sitting exams! The medical

education team at AOGP is always

a great source of support and many

Registrars have made use of the

stockpile of resources in the library.

For the first time this year, the RACGP

exams have been ‘uncoupled’. This

means that Registrars may now choose

to sit the exams one at a time, over a

longer time frame. It is a requirement

that you pass the AKT section (multiple

choice questions) in order to sit the

other exams. More information can

be found on the RACGP website: Those Registrars

completing the ACRRM pathway have

different fellowship requirements and

will be guided by the rural medical


Registrar Guide

The GPRA Registrar Guide for 2009,

Explorer, is now available, and many of

you will have already received a copy–

indeed, many of you contributed to it!

It’s full of great information and tips to

help with your training. If you don’t have

one make sure you drop by or contact

AOGP to get your copy.

Best wishes for the coming months in

your new positions. Make the most of

the opportunities you are presented

with and enjoy the wonderful specialty

that you have entered.


Lexie Yuill - Rural RLO

Ph: 0438 906 120

Jennifer Roberts - Urban RLO

Ph: 0407 298 689

Dr Lexie Yuill

Rural Registrar Liaison

Officer (RLO)

Dr Jennifer Roberts

Urban Registrar Liaison

Officer (RLO)


Dr Rod Pearce

Supervisor Liaison


Dr Graham Morris

Supervisor Liaison


SLO Update

With so many changes and things

happening, it’s possible for ‘change

fatigue’ to set in. The reassurance from

the SLOs is that AOGP is more of the

same, if not better.

The role of the SLO is to support

Supervisors as well as feed any issues

back to AOGP. This ensures that any

things that need changing can be

fixed. The way to do this is first identify

any potential problems. I have had

discussions with AOGP, Supervisors in

SA and around the country and we see

various issues commonly discussed.

This semester, I will be contacting most

of you directly and going through these

with you. If the solutions are self evident

I can assist with fixing them, or else

we can discuss how AOGP or other

people can help.

There will be an increased number of

Registrars in the next five years and the

national and local GP training programs

are all going to be bigger and, we

anticipate, better. There are some areas

of concern because of the pressure this

puts on workforce and teaching but that

is why we are trying to discuss these

issues in advance and plan a solution.

AOGP continues to support Supervisors

with resources and the Toolbox of

‘Difficult to Teach’ topics on GPRime

is a good example. Any feedback on

AOGP Research


Soon to be released research

AOGP is currently finalising the results

of a study which is investigating the

cost of teaching in community general

practice. This landmark study will inform

the debate around funding support for

Supervisors and practices and also

investigate the different costs and

benefits associated with various models

of teaching. We hope to make the

results public in the next few months.


We are pleased that a paper submitted

to the Australian Journal of Rural Health

on Registrar partner perceptions of rural

communities has been accepted for

publication as a short report.

Academic Skills Training (AST)

This term we welcome two new

Academic Skills Post Registrars—

Dr Kirsty Anderson and Dr Kate Wylie.

Kirsty is undertaking a placement

in the Discipline of Obstetrics and

Gynaecology and Kate is placed in the

Discipline of General Practice at the

University of Adelaide.

At the same time, Dr Andrew Linn

finished his 12 month post at the

Medicine Teaching and Learning

Unit. Dr Adey Burchard, now in the

second half of her post, is also based

in the Discipline of General Practice.

Applications for Academic Skills Posts

commencing in July 2009 are now

open. Please refer to the highlight box

below-right for more details.

Research Committee

The Research Committee continues to

meet, and in 2009 we have welcomed

a few new faces. Dr Lawrie McArthur,

as Medical Director replaces Ms

Roberta Morris on the Committee and

Dr Andrew Linn has been appointed

as the GP Registrar representative to

the Committee.

This is in addition to the Academic

Skills Training Registrars who are

automatically made members.

The current membership is:

• Dr Caroline Laurence (Chair)

• Dr Lawrie McArthur

• Dr Taryn Elliott

• Dr Moira McCaul (ME-Research)

• Dr Tim Kelly (Supervisor rep)

• Dr Andrew Linn (Registrar rep)

• Dr Adey Burchard (AST Registrar)

• Dr Kirsty Anderson (AST


• Dr Kate Wylie (AST Registrar)

For any information on current

research projects, academic skills

training or the research committee

please contact:

Dr Caroline Laurence 8366 3100

Dr Caroline Laurence

Special Projects Manager

AST—apply now!

Applications for Academic Skills

Training commencing in July 2009

are due 3 April 2009. If you are

thinking about applying, please

contact Dr Caroline Laurence or

Dr Taryn Elliott on 8366 3100.

Applications are available from

AOGP or AGPT website:


the Toolbox or other suggestions for

resources will be useful. Ask someone

for help if getting on to GPRime is a

problem. Commonly usernames and

passwords are forgotten. GPRime is also

a way that Registrars can keep track of

their learning needs, so it is increasingly

important for Supervisors to be using

GPRime on a regular basis.

National funding and support for

Supervisors is under review and

generally the future looks good. There is

still the need however, to push for more

dollars to support community-based

teaching. AOGP is leading the way with

research into the costs of training. The

results of this research will be available

soon and will help us all to understand

the costs and benefits of training and


The National Terms and Conditions

for Registrars has been negotiated

for 2009. Locally, we have all

received the updated AOGP Terms &

Conditions for Registrars. I would be

happy to have any feedback on this

document, especially if there are any

issues with the implementation of the

terms and conditions.


Issue 4, March 2009

PGPPP ME Baby Boom!

Front - Dr Sarah Meertens with baby Charlie

Dr Helen Mullner with baby Genevieve

Dr Christel Burton with baby Peter

Back - Alison Marrinan and Dr Peter Donohoe

PGPPP Update

Driving forces are changing the context

of junior doctor training in Australia


• A rapidly changing health care

sector involving a move to shorter

more acute hospital stays, more day

procedures, more ambulant care

and a shift to the private sector. In

the increasingly specialised tertiary

hospital environment the range of

learning experiences and continuity

of care for junior doctors are


• A rising wave of new junior doctors

that is expected to significantly

increase pressure for appropriate

training and drive the creation of

new accredited term rotations.

The Medical Training Review Panel

recommended in 1996 that all

postgraduate medical officer training

include at least one rural term, in a

hospital or general practice setting, and

at least one community-based term,

in general practice or a community

health service. The Rural and Remote

Area Placement Program (RRAP) was

introduced in 2000, followed by the

federally funded Prevocational General

Practice Placements Program (PGPPP)

in January 2005.

Experience at AOGP

South Australia has been at the forefront

in taking advantage of the PGPPP

opportunity. The value of the PGPPP

as experienced at AOGP over the past

four years may be highlighted in terms

of meeting the three main aims of the


Well-supervised placements that

provide positive and confidence building


Evaluative research supports that

SA junior doctors value their training

in GP terms, well complementing

their markedly different training in

hospital terms. Numerous testimonies

received from junior doctors affirm their

recognition and appreciation of the

high-quality training received during our

PGPPP terms.

Enhance understanding of integration

between primary and secondary health


As frequently reported by our PGPPP

trainees, feeder hospitals, and others

the GP terms are successful in bridging

the interface between primary and

secondary care. For example, the

purpose of good discharge summaries

becomes apparent. Such benefits have

important potential ramifications in

overall outcomes in health-care systems

and delivery.

Encourage general practice as a career


Recruitment to general practice

from PGPPP has gained momentum

at AOGP over the past four years.

Impressively, AOGP’s 2009 GP Training

cohort comprises 54% of the 28 places

being filled by PGPPP junior doctors.

Junior doctors frequently report

their increased interest and affirmed

decision-making to pursue general

practice following our PGPPP



There are strong arguments for

sustaining current PGPPP training

as well as expanding the program

throughout Australia, at appropriately

funded levels.

AOGP has been approached by tertiary

feeder hospitals and general practices

to develop further PGPPP training posts

in both rural and urban regions for 2010

and beyond.

For more information please contact

Alison Marrinan, PGPPP Coordinator

on 8366 3110 or email

‘PGPPP offers a valuable opportunity

to explore the GP workplace while

an intern. Moving into the community

setting provides a great contrast

and perhaps some balance to the

hospital environment. I encountered

an especially diverse group of patients

and was really effectively supervised

by a group of GPs with many special

interests. Clare, with wineries and

the Riesling Trail to explore is a pretty

appealing place to spend some time!’

Dr Annabelle Forrest

Intern, Clare, T5 2008

‘The GP placement experience is a

very enjoyable time and stimulates

my interest to learn. It gives a good

exposure to community medicine

and preventative health. It certainly

tests one’s abilities in effective

communication skills. What I like best

about it: To be able to live life and to be

a doctor all in a day’s work.’

Dr Nadia Najib

Intern, Newton, T5 2008


Ms Vanessa Ryan (left)

Education Team Coordinator

Program Delivery

Ms Ahna Holland (right)

Education Officer

IMG Update

Recent changes to the IMG program

include new IMGs and staff, and a

slightly revised education program.

This is all very exciting for the

program, in particular the new staff

arrangements. Ms Ahna Holland has

joined the team as an Education

Officer. Ahna has recently returned

to AOGP after enjoying ten months

with her new daughter Milla. Ahna

works every day except Tuesday, and

is the primary contact person for the


The education year for IMGs

has commenced as a busy one,

especially for those IMGs who are

preparing for the upcoming exam.

The IMG education calendar kicked off

with a mock written exam on Saturday

14 February. A number of IMGs

attended who are currently enrolled

in the RACGP exam as well as some

IMGs who are new to the program.

There are currently 33 IMGs enrolled in

the program. This includes 4 new IMGs

who have recently joined.

The next educational event on the IMG

calendar is the mock clinical exam which

is scheduled for Saturday 18 April. We

look forward to seeing all eligible IMGs

at this valuable workshop.

How technology

can make your

GP-life easier

AOGP advice regarding mobile phones

is often sought. IT Officer, Mr Simon

Marek and Medical Educator Dr Don

Cameron are pleased to present this

short overview to shed some light on

the Smart Phone revolution.

What IS a smart phone?

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

have been around for some time, but it

always meant lugging an extra gadget

with you. Some years ago, PDAs mated

with mobile phones and their offspring,

so-called ‘Smart Phones’, were born.

Useful? Yes! Light and portable?

Hmmm, maybe... However, the last year

has seen a revolution in Smart Phones

that make them a portable and useful

complement to the busy doctor.

What can a Smart Phone do for


Dr Don Cameron describes a day in the

life of his iPhone:

“I often use the GPS for home visits

and I have the free ‘epocrates’ drug

database loaded. I also use the free

Medical Calc for everything from BMIs

to GCS to GFR! Another free iPhone

app is “Eponyms”—a great dictionary

of all those eponymous diseases and

bits of anatomy that I’ve forgotten since

medical school! The camera comes in

handy for a quick shot of a lump or rash

to show a colleague later. The calendar

is indispensable and automatically

synchronises with my computer at

home and calendar on the web. Every

day I use the integrated iPod to listen to

podcasts while on the way to work—a

really easy way to keep up to date. I

recently added Therapeutic Guidelines

(miniTG) which is a very user-friendly

and fantastically useful addition!”

What should I get?

New smart phones are being released

all the time. Here are some examples of

the cream of the crop.

• Apple’s iPhone

• HTC’s Touch HD

• T Mobile’s G1

• Blackberry’s Storm

Don’t forget the carrier

Because Smart Phones are able to

surf the internet, check email, and view

videos such as on YouTube, your phone

plan needs to include a data connection

as well as just a phone account. Some

plans include data in your monthly fee,

while others will charge you separately.

Some Smart Phones will automatically

take advantage of any WiFi networks that

you have access to—saving on the cost.

The main choice you need to consider

is whether or not to go with Telstra.

Telstra’s speed and coverage trounce

the competition soundly, however, you

can expect to pay a lot for the privilege.

How much will I be paying?

It is usually most cost effective to put

your phone on a plan. On a phone

plan, expect to pay from $70 to $100

per month for a non-Telstra carrier, or

around $160 per month for Telstra.

This information was correct at the

time of publishing. We encourage you

to conduct your own research before

making a final decision.

For more information, contact

Mr Simon Marek on 08 8366 3100 or


Mr Simon Marek

IT Support Officer

Dr Don Cameron

Medical Educator


Move over, Lance!

As part of the Tour Down Under held in

January, Adelaide to Outback formed

a team to participate in the public ride

from Burnside to Angaston on the same

day and course as Lance Armstrong

and his fellow professionals.

Our team comprised: Keith Saggers;

AOGP staff member, Lawrie

McArthur; AOGP Medical Director,

Andrew Burton; Husband of

AOGP’s Dr Christel Burton and Tony

Marrinan; Husband of AOGP’s Alison


Our team joined 7000 others in

a 155km test of endurance and


In the usual AOGP way, we attempted

this ride not because it was easy, but

because it was hard.

With a 6.30am start, we headed out

of the city via the hills of Gorge Road

and toward Mount Pleasant. We rode

across to Lyndoch—up a very difficult

Mengler’s Hill—then meandered

through the vineyards of the Barossa,

culminating in a final climb into


While a mid race navigation error

caused delays for some, the team

made it to the finish line by late


All are looking forward to next year’s

ride, with a bigger team and more

suitable on-road bikes.

Thanks to AOGP and our partners for

roadside refreshments and support

during the day.

Our next scheduled participation in a

community event is the City to Bay fun

run team for September 2009.

For more information, contact Keith:

Dawn starters brimming with enthusiasm

L-R: Tony Marrinan, Lawrie McArthur,

Keith Saggers and Andrew Burton

Out-of-practice Education Calendar

April 2009

1 Urban RDL

Rural RDL



2 Hospital RDL Hospital

10 Good Friday

13 Easter Monday

22 Urban RDL GPT1 & GPT2

23 Hospital RDL Hospital

25 Anzac Day

May 2009

June 2009

3 Urban RDL GPT1 & GPT2

4 Hospital RDL Hospital

17 Urban RDL GPT1 & GPT2

18 Rural RDL

Hospital RDL



19 Rural RDL

Education Block Release



25-26 Education Block Release GPT1

26-27 Teaching on the Run Supervisors

1 Education Block Release GPT3

6 Urban RDL

Rural RDL



7 Hospital RDL Hospital

8 Communication skills for


16 RACGP Clinical Exam GPT1

23-24 Education Weekend 2009

GPT1 - Basic GPT2 - Advanced

GPT3 - Subsequent


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South Australia 5006

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