Safe Hands, Safe Plans workshops

Four Safe Hands, Safe Plans free RHANZ workshops for Northland from the 31st October.

The workshop aims to upskill our rural workforce in screening for depression and suicide risk, developing safety plans, counselling about access to lethal means of suicide, and organizational or office protocols for this important work. There is more information about the dates, venues and content of the workshop plus a registration page through this link

Also, don't forget the Homegrown Treasures symposium Vintage Car Club, Kiwi North, Maunu Saturday 28th October 2017. Register here

Register for the Northland Symposium

Our Northland GP registrars are presenting practice changing quality audits at the Homegrown Treasures Symposium, Maunu, 28th October 2017.

The topics are:

  • Use of Zopiclone and Benzodiazepines for the Treatment of Insomnia
  • Triage Coding at Dargaville Medical Centre
  • Monitoring Prior to Starting ACE Inhibitors
  • Childrens' Weight Documentation in General Practice

Click this link to register. The cost is only $69 (free for registrars).

Northland Symposium

Review our line up and register for the Northland Faculty Homegrown Symposium by clicking this link http://www.northland-rnzcgp.org/homegrown-treasures/

Our local specialists in orthopedics, cardiology and oncology will present along side our registrar audits. You will have a chance to hear from Mike Roberts and discuss urgent care access with a panel of local GPs who have been doing some work on access and urgent care in their clinics.

Seasons Cafe will be presenting lunch, The Coffee Man will indulge your caffeine needs and the Medical Museum will be open for viewing.

Homegrown Medical Treasures

The Northland Faculty RNZCGP would like to invite Northland GPs, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists to their annual symposium - Homegrown Medical Treasures on the 28th October. This will be hosted at the Vintage Car Club, Kiwi North, Maunu so that attendees can take the opportunity to enjoy the treasures of the Medical Museum during morning tea and lunch. New specialists from the hospital will present in the morning along with the popular registrar audits. This will be followed by an afternoon workshop session on urgent care provision. You can register by clicking this link We look forward to seeing you there.

Kapa Kaiaka womens health evening reminder

This is a reminder that the Northland Faculty is hosting a Kapa Kaiaka skills session on the 31st August. This session is aimed at registrars and Kapa Kaiaka fellows who wish to upskill in Jadelle, Mirena and IUD insertions. The evening is led by Dr Orna McGinn, who has developed Goodfellow Unit modules on womens health, and involves some pre-reading activities, a practical session and then ongoing supervision by senior GPs. Please register your interest by contacting Dr Gabby Montgomery the Kapa Kaiaka co-ordinator: gabrielle.montgomery@gmail.com. There is a maximum number of 15 places available - there are only three spaces left.

The faculty is also looking for senior GPs who would be able to undertake ongoing supervision of newer GPs in Jadelle, IUD and Mirena insertions. Please contact Gabby if you can help out.

Kapa Kaiaka women's health session

The Northland Faculty is pleased to announce that it is hosting a Kapa Kaiaka skills session on the 31st August. This session is aimed at registrars and Kapa Kaiaka fellows who wish to upskill in Jadelle, Mirena and IUD insertions. The evening is led by Dr Orna McGinn, who has developed Goodfellow Unit modules on womens health, and involves some pre-reading activities, a practical session and then ongoing supervision by senior GPs. Please register your interest by contacting Dr Gabby Montgomery the Kapa Kaiaka co-ordinator: gabrielle.montgomery@gmail.com. There is a maximum number of 15 places available.

The faculty is also looking for senior GPs who would be able to undertake ongoing supervision of newer GPs in Jadelle, IUD and Mirena insertions. Please contact Gabby if you can help out.

GP supervisors wanted to assist with IUD, Mirena and Jadelle training

As part of the Kapa Kaiaka programme, for new Fellows and registrars, the Faculty is running a training session on how to insert IUDs, Mirenas and Jadelles. The training session details will be advertised shortly. As part of the training we are wanting to have a number of experienced GPs to be available over the following months to assist in supervising course attendees in insertion techniques. We envisage that this would require supervisors to be willing to invite course attendees to their practice, when they have a consenting patient, for the Kapa Kaiaka member to practice inserting an IUD, Mirena or Jadelle. In this way we hope to provide a safe and supportive environment for younger GPs to upskill.

If you are willing to act as a supervisor then please contact Gabby Montgomery (gabrielle.montgomery@gmail.com) the Kapa Kaiaka Coordinator.

Timetable for The Great Russell Conference

The Great Russell Conference is shaping up to be a big one this year with a record number of registrations. If you have yet to register then please visit our website. The after dinner speaker is a local wine expert and we will be holding a wine tasting at the dinner so don't forget to book a ticket. In addition we are holding a Kapa Kaiaka meet and greet session with free drinks and nibbles after the Saturday session - please register your interest in attending with our Kapa Kaiaka coordinator Gabby Montgomery: gabrielle.montgomery@gmail.com. The timetable for the Great Russell Conference is:

Saturday 20th May

Time Speaker Topic
0830 Registration
0850 Chairperson’s address
0900 Prof Paul Middleton The deteriorating child
1000 Morning tea and poster session
1030 Dr Lisa Dawson Immunotherapy - A new era in oncology
1130 Prof Annette Beautrais Can we prevent suicide?
1230 AGM
1300 Lunch
1355 Poster winners
1400 Dr David Hammer Things that bug me
1500 Dr Sara Poplar Haematology for general practice
1630 Kapa Kaiaka meet and greet session
1800 Dinner

Sunday 21st May

Time Speaker Topic
0900 Prof Paul Middleton Designing rural health services from scratch
1000 Morning tea
1030 Dr Jeffrey Garrett Respiratory medicine - new paradigm in managing inflammatory airways disorders
1130 Dr Vanessa Blair General surgery topics for GPs
1230 Lunch

Participants wanted for a study on the positive factors keeping GPs working

Participants are wanted for a study to understand the positive factors that keep general practitioners working in Northland. The results of the study will be used in recruitment and retention planning for Northland General Practice.

If you have been practicing as a GP in Northland and for 1 year or more, full or part time and practice or live within Whangarei, Dargaville, mid North or the far North then please contact Tanya Quin by email at themytquin686@gmail.com or on 0220139570 for more information.

Further details of the study can be found at this link

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 31/3/2017 for three years. Reference Number 018783

Kapa Kaiaka meet and greet

The Northland Faculty is holding a meet and greet for Kapa Kaiaka mentors and mentees at the 'Great Russell Conference' on the 20th May from 5-6pm. Free drinks and snacks will be provided. If you are a registrar, new fellow or are part of the Kapa Kaiaka programme (as either a mentor or mentee) then you are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Kapa Kaiaka coordinator Gabby Montgomery for catering purposes.

GP shortages - any stories?

The following is a message from the college that we feel Northland GPs may be interested in:

As you know the College is actively engaged in a campaign to raise awareness of the looming shortage of GPs and the inequities of the current funding system.

We’ve had a good run of media coverage recently and we want to continue this, but we need more story leads. We’re hoping that you and your Faculty and Chapter members may be able to help us source some stories – in particular we need examples of communities that are short of GPs, perhaps practices that have closed their books, maybe GPs facing burnout due to extra workload and no back up. We’ve got some leads to follow, but we want more from around the regions.

By way of an update, our campaign also includes plans to develop digital postcards for you to send directly to the Minister of Health outlining your concerns for other health sector. We are also going to set up a Facebook page where members of the public can learn about the GP shortage and can share their experiences. There is also a proposal to hold a health summit with political party’s spokespeople.

We have made some good progress, but we’re keen to keep the momentum going, so any suggestions would be gratefully received.

If you have any stories that may illustrate the issues of GP shortages or increased workload then please let us know by emailing Tanya Quin

Postponement of leadership course

There has been a lot of interest in the GP Leadership Programme scheduled to start this coming Monday. However, Manaia PHO, in partnership with Northland DHB and E3 Leadership, wishes to ensure that they have as many people as possible attend this valuable learning opportunity. Subsequently they have decided to postpone the first session to Monday 10th April. This will allow the PHO and DHB to answer any questions and promote this course to the widest possible audience.

The Leadership Programme is free to participants, has been developed from a programme already delivered to General Practice in other PHOs in New Zealand by E3 Leadership and is highly recommended for all those wishing to lead teams effectively through these changing and challenging times.

Please register for this Leadership Development Programme commencing next month. Any questions contact Mihi – mihis@manaiapho.co.nz

Leadership course

The Leadership programme for GPs as presented by Nick Chamberlain at our Dargaville Symposium last year is now ready for registrations. This starts on the 16th March 2017 requiring 3 hours a month of session time plus some online learning for the year in a free leadership program that will extend and develop leadership skills and opportunities for your business and your governance needs, here, in Northland. Please contact Mihi Stephens at Manaia PHO and checkout Manaia's website or Te Tai Tokerau PHO's website or this link for more details.