The Conference for General Practice 2019 is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP2/3) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. Doctors can record up to 15 CME hours as appropriate to their learning needs.

Friday, 26 July Saturday, 27 July
Sunday, 28 July
0900 - 1200: 2.2 CME 0845 - 1215: 3 CME 0900 - 1300: 2.8 CME
1300 - 1700: 3.4 CME 1320 - 1730: 3.6 CME  
Total: 5.6 Total: 6.6 Total: 2.8

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Thursday 25 July 2019

Pre-conference workshop

Getting big results from brief consultations using FACT

The FACT model is a therapy where patients focus on accepting the feelings for what they are, committing to making a change they can realistically make.  FACT is a model of brief therapy that is a highly condensed version of a well-established longer-term Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) treatment.

  • FACT uses acceptance and values and mindfulness strategies to help people transform their lives.
  • FACT is a model worth considering for patients with anxiety and depression disorders.

Participants in this workshop learnt how to do a quick work/love/play questionnaire which is a brief psychosocial assessment that takes just a few minutes.  The interventions always lead from this. The other skill acquired used the choice point which is a powerful tool for behavioural change for any behaviour that needs changing. 

Friday 26 July 2019

0830 - 0900

Mihi Whakatau

0900 - 0915 Opening address
Dr Samantha Murton, RNZCGP President
0915 - 1000 Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health
1000 - 1030 Morning tea amongst exhibition
1030 - 1100 Ministry priorities and progress in relation to general practice and primary health care
Ashley Bloomfield, Director General of Health and Chief Executive, Ministry of Health
1100 - 1200 Keynote: Cultural safety, racism and power in aboriginal health
Prof Gregory Phillips, School of Medicine at Griffith University (Australia) and CEO of ABSTARR Consulting

Kindly sponsored by Ministry of Health
1200 - 1300 Lunch amongst exhibition

Rural Chapter - AGM
Pacific Chapter - AGM (Kingsgate Hotel)
1300 - 1355

Concurrent session 1

1a Equity

1b Mental health

1c Self-care

1d Clinical: Hep C

1e Workshop: Concussion

1f Clinical: Antenatal

1g Skin Cancer in Practice

Concentration of complexity: High deprivation practices Dr Bryan Betty

Minimising risk of patient harm: Findings from extending trial
Helmut Modlik

This person has a story: Responding to adult survivors of childhood trauma in general practice
Dr Lucy O'Hagan, Dr Deborah Blunt

                        Thriving or surviving? Recognising burnout and learning new ways to build resilience: Dr Megan Bailey shares her experience of burnout Dr Samantha King

                        Finding the lost 25,000 undiagnosed people with Hep C? Margaret Fraser

Curing your patients with Hep C Dr Tony Farrell

                        How to make best practice concussion management work in a primary care setting Danielle Salmon, Dr Chris Reid

Why are we advising an alcohol-free pregnancy? Dr John McMenamin

Interesting skin cancer cases in practice - interactive

Interesting skin cancer cases in practice - interactive Dr Chris Boberg, Dr Andrew MacGill
Maximum 25 people

1400 - 1500

Concurrent session 2

2a Mental health equity

2b Integrated primary health care

2c Quality

2d Clinical: Hep C

2e National updates

2f Practical

2g Practical: Melanoma

How GPs are central to achieving health equity for people with mental health and addiction issues Ashley Koning, Carol Swanson

Equally well: Understanding and improving the quality of primary care for people with severe mental health and addiction issues
Fran Cook

Cardiovascular Disease in Serious Mental Illness Dr Jocelyn Wood

Building lives and communities through housing New Zealanders: Cross-sector partnerships to lift health and wellbeing
Paul Commons

Integrated care initiatives for vulnerable families Dr John Eastwood

What can the GP clinical record tell us about the quality of hospital care? Dr Carol Atmore

Over 75 years - how good are the new CVD risk prediction equations?
A/Prof Sue Wells

                        Choosing wisely to improve quality of care Dr Derek Sherwood

Living the dream - what treating 3000 patients with Hep C using new DAA medications taught one Tasmanian GP Dr James Freeman

Doing the same but better - general practice and ACC! Dr John Robson

Bowel cancer update: The National Bowel Screening Programme rollout, referral criteria and guidance on familial screening pathways Dr Sue Levin

A workshop exploring difficult case studies on repeat prescribing
Dr Liza Lack, Dr Steven Lillis

                        No one should die of Melanoma - the beauty of Chaos and Clues Dr Chris Boberg, Dr Andrew MacGill

Maximum 25 people

1500 - 1530 Afternoon tea amongst exhibition
1530 - 1700

Concurrent session 3

3a Workshop: Mental health

3b Integrated primary health care

3c Quality

3d Clinical: Kidneys, bladders and prostate

3e Diversity

3f Technology

Real skills for working with people and whānau with mental health and addiction needs: Co-delivered by a person with lived experience and a health practitioners
Trish Gledhill, Caro Swanson

Maximum 40 people

Raranga te tira: The story of the inaugural Hawke's Bay Primary Care Symposium
Dr David Rodgers, Dr Kerryn Lum, Dr KJ Patel

Where there's a will there's a way: The Clutha Health First story
Ray Anton, Dr Branko Sijnja

The impact of the Rural Hospital Medicine scope at Hauora Hokianga Dr Katharina Blattner

Development and early experience with youth-specific indicators for quality improvement in primary care Dr Lynn McBain

Primary care delivery in a remote West Coast nurse-led practice: Teamwork, technology and tenacity Cathy Sampson

Quality improvement, culture and equity - an interpreter is required? Sandhaya (Sandy) Bhawan, Adele Small

Protecting kidneys - safety in practice Dr Lisa Eskildsen

Primary care patient experience - what are Pacific people saying about their experience? Dr Api Talemaitoga, Catherine Gerard

Unlocking optimal care in the community Ben Teusse

How to develop an "IT CO-OP" for Primary Care to drive innovation Dr Miriam Martin

Saturday 27 July 2019

0745 - 0840 GPEP and Distinguished Fellows Breakfast
0845 - 0930 Keynote: Sex, drugs, and record-keeping: An evidence-informed approach to reducing and resolving complaints
Dr Marie Bismark, Law and Public Health Group, University of Melbourne
0930 - 1000 Presentation of the Eric Elder Medal
1000 - 1030 Morning tea amongst exhibition
1030 - 1130 Keynote: The digital transformation of primary care: A global perspective
Dr Mobasher Butt, Chief Medical Officer, Babylon Health

Kindly sponsored by the Health Promotion Agency
1130 - 1215 Keynote: Bugger the boxing - pour the concrete anyway
Ian Taylor, founder of Animation Research Ltd and 2019 NZ Innovator of the Year

Kindly sponsored by the Otago Faculty of the RNZCGP
1215 - 1335 Lunch amongst exhibition
1235 - 1350 RNZCGP AGM
1335 - 1535

Concurrent session 4

4a RNZCGP AGM - continued

4b Environment and technology

4c Clinical

4d Clinical: Gut and diet

4e Quality improvement

4f Practical

4g Practical: Dermoscopy


Climate change and primary care Dermot Coffey

Hack Aotearoa: Al and big data can catalyse a digital health future
Dr Mataroria Lyndon, Dr Marise Stuart

E-consults: How can we realise the potential in primary healthcare?
Dr Jonathan Hoogerbrug

Can you hear me yet? How IT is driving innovation in hearing healthcare
Craig Lett

Alternatives to self harm - the APEX model Diane Clare

Claims that are "too sensitive to talk about?" Dr Kris Fernando

Equally Well: What do GPs need to know about adverse childhood experiences? Collete Ryan

Four patient stories of switching to a whole food plant-based diet Morgen Smith, Dr Martyn Williamson, Dr Nick Wright

Use of dietitians in primary care Dr Miriam Martin

Whakakotahi: Co-creating quality improvement capability with primary care Jane Cullen, Sandhaya (Sandy) Bhawan

Variation in the community dispensing of antibiotics: An opportunity for improvement Catherine Gerard, Dr Aniva Lawrence

Whakakotahi: Happy Skin - a QI project reducing skin infections in the West Auckland Tuvaluan Community Janet Tekori, John Kennelly, Jane Cullen

Seasonal flu - risk factors and attack rates Dr Edwin Reynolds

TRIZ: What must we stop doing to make QI progress in primary care? Jane Cullen, A/Prof Sue Wells

Performing the ideal elliptical excision of a skin cancer
Dr Philip Keith Monnington, Dr Franz Strydom

Maximum 25 people

Interesting and challenging dermoscopy cases - interactive
Anthony Tam

Maximum 25 people

1535 - 1555

Afternoon tea amongst exhibition

1555 - 1735

Concurrent session 5

5a Fellowship and Awards Ceremony Rehearsal

5b Gender diversity

5c Clinical: The patient voice

5d Clinical: Cannabis

5e Clinical: Mental health

5f Quality

5g Workshop 


Equipping primary care to help gender diverse patients Dr Elizabeth Eadon


Equity and barriers to accessing primary care for transgender people in New Zealand: Findings from the Counting Ourselves survey
Dr Jaimie Veale

Advance care planning in New Zealand: Supporting patients to think about what really matters to them Dr Chris Kalderimis

Being well and well-being: Better understanding of patient priorities in primary care Dr Andrew Corin

Unlocking the potential of patient interviews through positive psychology to enhance treatment adherence
Dr Masud Khawaja

Are GPs ready for medicinal cannabis prescribing? Dr Karen Oldfield

A workshop on the pros and cons of medical cannabis in General Practice: From the lab to the patient (and everything in between)Dr Karen Oldfield, Prof Michelle Glass

Reimagining mental health innovation in primary care
Dr Angela Lim

Focused acceptance and commitment therapy - warm handover and brief intervention in general practice
Dr Anna Skinner, Sarah Malthus

The role of the primary care psychiatrists in the general practice team: A stepped model of shared care Dr Maree McCracken, Andrew Swanson-Dobbs, Dr Lyndy Matthews

Quality improvement at scale: What do stakeholders say? A/Prof Sue Wells, Carmela Petagna

Embracing digital health in primary health care
Sanjeewa Samaraweera
1800 - 1900 Fellowship and awards ceremony
1900 - 2030 Celebration function

Sunday 28 July 2019

0900 - 1020

Concurrent session 6

6a Equity

6b Prescribing

6c Mental health

6d Clinical: Smoking cessation

6e Clinical

6f Practical

6g Skin cancer

One year on from a PHO population health needs analysis; what now for equity?
A/Prof Sue Wells

Weaving a safety net: Integrated care in provincial New Zealand Dr Anna Skinner, Tracey McNeur

The prevalence and impact of hearing loss in New Zealand Mike Sharp

Pharmacist integration into general practice in New Zealand Robert Haua

Is deprescription challenging for GP registrars: An Australian study Dr Anne Eastwood

Opioid use in the elderly after injury Sunita Goyal

Registrar uncertainty in impetigo management Dr Anne Eastwood

Mental Notes
Sofie Welvaert, Helen Fearnley, Laura Wells

Myths, beliefs and perceptions: An evidence update on vaping to quit smoking Dr Alana Oakly

Switching young Māori women to vaping: A public awareness campaign
Diana Pedlow

Practical vaping: What a GP needs to know Dr John McMenamin

Can a chatbot conquer cigarettes? Kuini - a chatbot for general practice to deliver Hauora-based quit smoking support Russell Duncan

Preventing hospitalisation, and designing healthy homes and neighbourhoods Dr John Eastwood

Supporting children to get the best health outcomes Dr Christine McIntosh

Evaluation of the blended well child health learning program for GPs Dr Natalie Ong

Hearing loss workshops: Better outcomes with intervention in middle age. Advanced diagnostic procedures and hearing device technology
Anna McIntyre

Improving Skin Cancer Decisions
Franz Strydom 

Maximum 25 people

1020 - 1100 Brunch amongst industry exhibition
1100 - 1120 Peter Anyon Address Dr Kirsten Taplin
1125 - 1225

Concurrent session 7

7a Workshop: Equity

7b AGM and workshop: General practice research support (RECT)

7c Practice employment and ownership

7d Mental health

7e Clinical: Medicinal cannabis

7f Workshop: Pharmacy

Uncovering unconscious thoughts and attitudes in personal frames of reference Mairi-Anne Nel

AGM and workshop on the RNZCGP Research and Education Trust (RECT)
Dr Ben Hudson, Dr David Rodgers, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, Dr Phil White

Maximum 40 people

How to gain fair and equitable employment within GP practice teams Lloyd Wood

Business characteristics which improve your financial equity
Leicester Gouwland

Maximum 24 people

Rethinking depression and anxiety
Prof Bruce Arroll

Medicinal cannabis: The evidence base and practical prescribing for patients 'stuck' with chronic pain or emotional distress Dr Graham Gulbransen, Dr Ben Jansen

Collaborative medicines reconciliation in primary care improving safety: Working with community pharmacy Dr Lisa Eskildsen

1230 - 1300 Conference closing

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