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ISSUE 20: JULY 2021


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Welcome to Issue 20 of Practice Made Perfect, a newsletter for practice managers in remote, rural and regional NSW, brought to you by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).
 
We acknowledge the constantly changing environment around the state at the moment. If you require any assistance, please reach out to the Workforce Team at RDN via retention@nswrdn.com.au.  
 
We hope you enjoy reading this issue of Practice Made Perfect.  
 
The Workforce Team at RDN.

IN THIS EDITION


SPOTLIGHT ON IMGs
Case study: How RDN supported an IMG in Kempsey
The process of employing an IMG
MDRAP Support Package
Other IMG resources

HOW CAN RDN HELP YOU?
Case study: RDN funding used to improve practice services in Shoalhaven
How HWSP can support your practice
Breakfast with Gary - May webinar

UPCOMING EVENTS AND RESOURCES
Digital health
Making RACGP accreditation easier
New Rural GP Orientation
Closing the Gap PBS co-payment program changes
2021 AAPM Practice Manager of the Year Award

SPOTLIGHT ON
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMGs)

CASE STUDY: HOW RDN SUPPORTED AN IMG IN KEMPSEY

Dr Lakshan Mendis aspired to become a GP in rural NSW, but didn’t know where to start. 
 
RDN helped Dr Mendis by assisting him in the transition from a hospital doctor to a GP role in Kempsey, NSW.
 
“I have found general practice to be fantastic. I have the complete support of my fellow practice doctors and the nursing staff, and I've had so many learning opportunities.” 
 
Read more about Dr Lakshan Mendis and his transition from a hospital role to a GP. 

THE PROCESS OF EMPLOYING AN IMG 


Understand the benefits and process to employ an International Medical Graduate (IMG) with this informative webinar presented by RDN Recruitment Services Manager Chris Anderson and HR+ Tasmania Project Support Officer Ros Schramm. 
 
Employing IMGs is one option that a practice can use when planning for business growth, replacing GPs and to address the communities' primary care needs. 
  
This one-hour webinar discusses: 
  • how to evaluate a potential doctors CV 
  • 19 AB requirements 
  • registration 
  • immigration 
  • provider numbers 
  • the process of applying for a Health Workforce Certificate. 

MDRAP SUPPORT PACKAGE


The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) is a 3GA program that enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare. The program is open to Australian citizens and residents, and IMGs, including permanent and temporary residents who meet the guidelines for the program. For more information about MDRAP visit our website.

The MDRAP Support Package (The Package) has been introduced into the MDRAP Guidelines from 1 March 2021. The Package aims to enhance the implementation of MDRAP by providing funds to support supervision and education for MDRAP doctors. There are two components of The Package: 
  1. Support and supervision funds 
  2. Learning and development funds 
Download an information sheet about The MDRAP Support Package

OTHER IMG RESOURCES


RDN has a number of great resources that explain employing an IMG in an easy-to-understand way. 

View the new Employing an IMG Process Flow Chart, created to assist you in understanding the process, or read the Employing an IMG Fact Sheet.

Both are available online here.

HOW CAN RDN HELP YOU?

RDN offers a range of services to support remote, rural and regional primary care professionals. This includes:
  • funding to upskill
  • CPD/PDP courses
  • career services
  • funding to visit potential employers
  • relocation grants
  • fee-free recruitment assistance for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and GPs
  • fee-free locum placement support
  • guidance on your pathway to GP fellowship.
Find out more at www.nswrdn.info or watch this video with Recruitment Services Manager, Chris Anderson.
 

CASE STUDY: RDN FUNDING USED TO IMPROVE PRACTICE SERVICES IN SHOALHAVEN


Registered Nurse Natalie Sleeman has used the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) to increase the care she can provide, ultimately relieving appointment waiting periods in her local community.

“The HWSP funding has allowed nurses like myself to upskill so that we are qualified to perform a wide range of interventions on behalf of the GP.

“This saves the GP a significant amount of time and allows them to see a higher patient load,” said Natalie.

Pictured above: Natalie Sleeman, Clinical Services Manager in Shoalhaven, front row first on the left with her nursing team.
READ NATALIE'S STORY

HOW HWSP CAN SUPPORT YOUR PRACTICE:

  • Is your Practice Nurse working to top-of-scope?
    Increase your Practice Nurses skills to undertake tasks usually done by your GPs, to allow GPs to manage more complex or acute presentations.
  • Could new skills help you meet a community need?
    Do you have a large percentage of patients requiring chronic disease management? Upskill your Practice Nurse so you can offer a nurse-led clinic for chronic disease.
  • What skills could prevent disease and the need to travel to see a specialist?
    For example, Otitis Media (middle ear infection) can be prevented and treated early with regular ear checks. Upskill a primary health care practitioner to identify and treat Otitis Media and other hearing conditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as a preventative measure.

BREAKFAST WITH GARY - MAY WEBINAR 

WATCH NOW ON-DEMAND 


The latest Breakfast with Gary webinar explored recent changes to MBS item numbers, COVID-19 updates with Prof. Michael Kidd, e-referrals for pathology and radiology, and business planning. 

Since 2019 RDN has delivered six Breakfast with Gary webinars, presented by practice management 'guru' Gary Smith.

You can watch them all on-demand here

UPCOMING EVENTS AND RESOURCES

DIGITAL HEALTH


Practice managers play an important role in deciding the systems and software to use in practice.

By having a deep understanding of technology, practice managers can ensure a seamless transition of information between healthcare prescribers, dispensers and patients.

Visit the Australian Digital Health Agency for up-to-date information on My Health Record, Electronic prescribing, telehealth and more digital tools. 

MAKING RACGP ACCREDITATION EASIER


From Practice Manager Keith Saggers comes the 5th Map - a one-page infographic summarising RACGP5’s 184 page Standards for general practice. 

Keith created the resource when his practice was working towards completing the RACGP5 Accreditation in May 2019. 

The 5th Map summarises the full scope of the Standards at a glance and is a RACGP licensed and accepted resource.

Find out more here.
  

NEW RURAL GP ORIENTATION


The New Rural GP Orientation workshop will be held online on Thursday 29 July. 

The workshop will provide participants with vital information to assist in the transition to rural general practice.
 
For more information, email conferences@nswrdn.com.au.

CLOSING THE GAP PBS CO-PAYMENT PROGRAM CHANGES 

Key are changes being implemented to the Closing the Gap (CTG) Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Co-Payment program from 1 July 2021.

Find out more on the Australian Government Department of Health factsheet for health professionals or Aboriginal patients

2021 AAPM PRACTICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD


The AAPM Practice Manager of the Year Award recognises and rewards a practice manager for their contribution to the profession.

Applications are open, apply today, or to nominate email the name, contact details and why they should be nominated to awards@aapm.org.au.
NSW Rural Doctors Network respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we learn and work together, and commits to building collaborative relationships, respect and opportunities with Aboriginal Peoples to achieve their aspirations. 
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