09 January 2024

Receive free Authorised Nurse Immuniser in NSW training and administer vaccinations independent of a medical officer.

Registered nurses who work in general practice or residential aged care homes in South Western Sydney have the opportunity for 100 per cent cost reimbursed training to become an Authorised Nurse Immuniser in NSW.

Completion of the Immunisation Endorsement Pathway (Nurse Immuniser) course authorises nurses to administer vaccinations independent of a medical officer. The course is delivered by The Benchmarque Group.

An increase in the number of Authorised Nurse Immunisers will support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in our region to healthcare workers, vulnerable populations and the general community.

 

Training entry criteria

  1. You must currently be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a registered nurse or midwife.
  2. You must be working within the nursing profession in a general practice or residential aged care home located in the local government area of Bankstown, Campbelltown, Camden, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wollondilly or Wingecarribee.
  3. You must have two to three years’ experience within the nursing profession since initial registration, with the last 12 months prior to making the application spent in employment in NSW or the ACT.

 

100 per cent reimbursement of course fee

Complete the course in 2024 to receive a 100 per cent reimbursement of the course fee. 

Submit completed forms in the below order before 30 December 2024 to receive your payment.

  1. completed reimbursement form (linked below)
  2. completion certificate
  3. invoice
Reimbursement form

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Funding for this initiative is provided by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

More training available for practice staff

 

Participants with any questions can email covid19@swsphn.com.au

15 November 2023

Are you a GP Registrar Supervisor in South Western Sydney?

We’d like to invite you and the registrar you supervise to our first Registrar Supper Club on Tuesday, 21 November, from 7pm to 8.30pm at Rydges Campbelltown, 12 Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown.

Our supper club aims to welcome registrars to our region, provide an opportunity to share ideas and support registrars to get the most from their training terms in South Western Sydney.

Over free food and beverages, you will make new connections and hear from Dr Lance Holland-Keen, a GP at Gregory Hills who completed his registrar training in South Western Sydney, fell in love with the region and decided to continue practising here.

You will hear firsthand from our CEO, Dr Keith McDonald PhD, and SWSPHN managers about how we support the primary care workforce, and how you can utilise our services to provide the best patient care.

If you have ideas on how registrars can be better supported in our region, the supper club will be an excellent opportunity for you to share your experience.

Please register for the supper club here.

Contact SWSPHN Workforce Development Team Lead, Allison Tran, on 0417 473 278 to find out more.

24 October 2023

“A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas for four to eight weeks to learn more about a topic or issue that they are passionate about.”

Dr Tim Senior (pictured above), a GP at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in Campbelltown, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to and study general practice in deprived areas in the United Kingdom for two months.

He is confident the information he will bring back has the potential to improve primary care in disadvantaged Australian communities.

“The Fellowship will be highly relevant as many of the challenges and joys encountered by GPs in deprived communities in the UK are the same as those encountered in South Western Sydney,” Dr Senior said.

His trip will focus on Deep End GP networks in Scotland, Ireland and England, where GPs serve the most disadvantaged communities. GPs at the Deep End work collectively, sharing learning on projects involving advocacy, service development, research/evidence, and professional development.

“Each group has developed from the ground up in their local communities and developed different ideas I want to learn from,” Dr Senior said.

“Some groups focus on how GPs can be supported, some on advocacy about policy in working in areas of poverty, some groups are involved in GP research networks, and some have done some interesting work in specific GP registrar training for working in deprived communities.

“The GPs at the Deep End groups have the most advanced thinking and action in tackling these problems from a GP perspective, rather than a public health perspective. It’s this range of ideas and experiences that can change what we do in Australia.”

Dr Senior said he first encountered the work of the GPs at the Deep End in 2011.

“What struck me was how similar their work was to my work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Obviously, there were differences … however, much of the work was also influenced by poverty.”

Dr Senior said his career in general practice, including 18 years at Tharawal, had always involved working in low-income communities.

“I’m proud of being a GP, and very much aware of the importance of primary care – patient-centred, accessible to all, coordinated, multidisciplinary and life-long – for population health and the health of communities. GPs are experts in patient-centred care, multimorbidity, complexity, early diagnosis and in understanding local context.”

“It’s important everyone has access to this type of care, and those who need this care most and have the most to benefit, are those who can least afford to pay for it,” he said.

Dr Senior said one of the things he hoped to learn through his Fellowship was if local Deep End GP groups would be useful in Australia.

“I imagine they would provide methods of peer support, though I think they would look very different in Australia to the UK because of the interaction with rural and remote health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia,” he said.

“We’ve set up a specific interest group in poverty and health at the RACGP, which may function as a national network – RACGP members can join this right now.”

Dr Senior said his Fellowship experiences would inform his work through the RACGP and at Tharawal.

“I’ll also be writing about my experiences and what I learn – and producing a report for the Churchill Trust, which will be freely available. I’m also very happy to speak to people formally and informally, to help them implement any areas they are interested in locally,” he said.

Dr Senior’s passion and drive to assist the disadvantaged comes, in no small part, from his own background.

His GP training was in Sheffield, England, working in deprived communities after the collapse of the mining and steel-working industry in the 1980s.

“I’ve been fortunate in the opportunities I’ve had, though my parents and grandparents came from Methodist Yorkshire working-class families that struggled for money – but always had a social conscience,” he said.

“I’ve been very influenced by that upbringing, feeling that I should use my skills where they are most needed.”

Dr Senior is a member of Asthma Australia’s Professional Advisory Council.

Besides his role at Tharawal, he is also a clinical senior lecturer at Western Sydney University and the Medical Advisor of the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He also founded the Environmental Impacts in General Practice network in the RACGP NFSI.   

10 October 2023

Are you struggling to obtain Measuring Outcomes hours?

The RACGP’s new Measuring Outcomes Tool could assist you in obtaining those hours.

The Measuring Outcomes (MO) Tool helps GPs describe any changes or improvements they have implemented in their practice as an outcome of a CPD activity they’ve completed, to claim MO CPD. The tool is available to GPs members online through their myCPD.

Here are the steps to access and complete the MO Tool:

  • Log-in to myCPD
  • At very top of myCPD, click on ‘Log’
  • From drop-down menu, click on ‘Measuring Outcomes Tool’
  • Complete the form by entering:
    • Descriptive activity title
    • Number of hours required to complete MO activity
    • Start and completion dates
    • Describe the improvement or change implemented in practice
    • Discuss the impact or outcome you expect as result of the change(s)
    • Describe how you will evaluate the effectiveness of change(s)
    • If applicable, upload documentary evidence
    • Confirm declaration
  • Once you have completed the form, go to top of form and click ‘Submit’
10 October 2023

SWSPHN has been gathering feedback from general practice staff and residents across South Western Sydney to better understand the workforce challenges faced in primary care, as part of the national Workforce Planning and Prioritisation (WPP) program.  

This feedback has informed the following report, which will be incorporated into a wider national report to be presented to the Department of Health and Aged Care and GP colleges to address immediate and future workforce needs.

Download the report

But the journey continues! General practice staff and community members are invited to further contribute to shaping the future of primary care by providing feedback on how we can improve access to, and the quality of healthcare for everyone in our region.

Take our survey

03 October 2023

The Liver Foundation has developed CPD education to support GPs in helping prevent the rising tide of liver disease.

This education includes:

Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease clinical audit

With Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) fast becoming the primary cause of liver cancer and adult liver transplant, the Liver Foundation is inviting GPs to participate in the Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease clinical audit, to discover why it is never “just a fatty liver”. This program provides practical tools to diagnose MAFLD, how to assess the risk of advanced fibrosis in patients with MAFLD, and how to manage patients with MAFLD in general practice.

Register here

The rising health threat of liver disease: What GPs can do to prevent premature mortality

Liver disease now affects up to one in three Australian adults. Primary liver cancer (HCC) is the most rapidly rising cause of cancer death. Health promotion, prevention, proactive case-finding, early identification of progressive liver fibrosis and early treatment of liver diseases are essential to prevent premature mortality.  Learn how to identify, manage and support your patients with liver disease.

Register here

26 September 2023

SWSPHN has established a Primary Care Workforce team, recognising the importance of workforce strategy, workforce engagement and workforce development in ensuring general practices across our region are better equipped to deliver quality primary healthcare.

The Primary Care Workforce team is supporting general practices, with a focus on looking for ways to improve access to primary care services through workforce planning, community consultation, commissioning and innovation.

The workforce team is working with all major stakeholders in our region, including public, private and non-government organisations across the health sector, the three tiers of government and alliance members.

This facilitates the collective sharing of evidence, local knowledge and business intelligence by key stakeholders in a bid to counter fragmentation in the health system and assist in developing a strong local healthcare workforce.

The workforce team is also focusing on GP registrars across our region.

We are providing GP registrars with opportunities to engage with their peers and SWSPHN, further develop their skills through Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and fully understand the benefits of practising in South Western Sydney.

Find out more
26 September 2023

Take our survey

Help shape the future of our healthcare workforce and guide the placement of GPs to our areas of greatest need.

Whether you’re a primary care worker or health consumer, we want to hear from people from across South Western Sydney to gain insights into how we can improve access to, and the quality of healthcare for everyone in our region.

Your input via our short survey will help us design educational events and workforce strategies to attract and keep GPs in our region.

Take survey

Thank you for taking the time to help improve our community’s health and wellbeing.

12 September 2023

The Australian Government has increased funding for the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) – Practice Stream. This aims to help more patients access multidisciplinary team-based care in general practices.

The changes to the WIP – Practice Stream include:

  • increasing the maximum incentive amount from $125,000 to $130,000 per practice, per year before rural loading is applied
  • decreasing Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) for the maximum incentive from 5,000 to 4,000 so more practices can access the maximum payment
  • increasing the payment by up to 30 per cent with the amount based on the practice SWPE, health professional types and average hours worked

Practices do not need to do anything. Services Australia made the updates with the first increased payments which occurred in August 2023.

Find out more

27 July 2023

If you’re looking for a challenging, diverse and highly rewarding medical career, apply now to take the first steps towards becoming a GP.

Second intake applications for the 2024 Australian General Practice Training Program are open from 7 to 29 August 2023.

By choosing to specialise in general practice, you’ll have the opportunity to work across a broad spectrum of medicine, with further training available to develop your knowledge in fields of your interest.

You’ll also make a meaningful difference in your patient’s lives and experience the rewards of providing preventative as well as acute care.

Each year, the Royal Australian College of General PracticRACGP helps thousands of prevocational doctors, medical students and international medical graduates to become a GP.

When you train with the RACGP, you’ll join a collegiate community of lifelong learning, and benefit from high quality education and support throughout your career.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a GP, express your interest at:

www.racgp.org.au/agpt