Programme last updated Monday, 10 June 2019

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

Thursday 25 July 2019

Pre-conference workshop

Date: Thursday 25 July 2019
Time: 1400 - 1700
Venue: Fullwood Room, Dunedin Centre

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 will learn 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 will be using the choice point which is a powerful tool for behavioural change for any behaviour that needs changing. 

Registration fee (inc gst)

RNZCGP Member    $100.00
Non Member   $150.00
Nurse   $50.00

Please register via the online process to include this workshop in your registration.  Or if you wish to attend the pre-conference workshop only please click here.

Friday 26 July 2019

0830 - 0900

Mihi Whakatau

0900 - 0915 Dr Samantha Murton - RNZCGP President
0915 - 1000 Rt Hon Dr David Clark - Minister of Health
1000 - 1030 Morning tea amongst exhibition
1030 - 1110 Ministry priorities and progress in relation to general practice and primary health care
Ashley Bloomfield - Director General of Health
1100 - 1200 Keynote Speaker 
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
1300 - 1355

Concurrent session 1

1a Equity

Concentration of complexity: High deprivation practices
Dr Bryan Betty

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


1b Mental health

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

1c Self-care

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

1d Clinical - Hep C

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

Curing your patients with Hep C
Dr Tony Farrell

1e Workshop – concussion

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

1f Clinical - antenatal

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


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

1400 - 1500

Concurrent session 2

2a Mental health equity

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

2b Integrated primary health care

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

2c Quality

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

2d Clinical - Hep C

Living the dream - what treating 3000 patients with Hep C using new DAA medications taught one Tasmanian GP
Dr James Freeman
2e National updates

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

Bowel cancer update: The National Bowel Screening Programme rollout, referral criteria and guidance on familial screening pathways
Dr Sue Levin
2f Practical

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

Noone should die of Melanoma - the beauty of Chaos and Clues
Dr Chris Boberg, Dr Andrew MacGill
Maximum of 25 people
1500 - 1530 Afternoon tea amongst exhibition
1530 - 1700

Concurrent session 3

3a Workshop - mental health equity stream

Workshop: 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
3b Integrated primary health care stream

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
3c Quality

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
3d Clinical - kidneys, bladders & prostate

Protecting kidneys - safety in practice
Dr Lisa Eskildsen

CXBladder and its use to affect wait times to flexible cystoscopy in haematuria
Dr Hamish Green

What does mpMRI mean in diagnosis of prostate cancer?
Dr Hamish Green
3e Diversity

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
3f Technology

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

Saturday 27 July 2019

0745 - 0840 GPEP Breakfast
0845 - 0930 Keynote Speaker
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 Speaker 
Dr Mobasher Butt, GP and Medical Director of Babylon
Kindly sponsored by Health Promotion Agency
1130 - 1215 Keynote Speaker
Ian Taylor, founder of Animation Research Ltd and 2019 NZ Innovator of the Year
Kindly sponsored by Otago Faculty
1215 - 1315 Lunch amongst exhibition
1245 - 1400 RNZCGP AGM
1320 - 1520

Concurrent session 4

4a Fellowship and Awards Ceremony set up 4b Environment and technology
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
4c Clinical

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
4d Clinical: Gut and diet

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
4e Quality improvement

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
4f Practical

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

Interesting and challenging Dermoscopy Cases - Interactive
Anthony Tam
Maximum of 25 people
1520 - 1550

Afternoon tea amongst exhibition

1550 - 1730

Concurrent session 5

5a Fellowship and Awards Ceremony Rehearsal


5b Gender diversity

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
5c Clinical - the patient voice

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
5d Clinical - cannabis

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
5e Clinical - mental health

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
5f Quality                                              

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

Quality improvement at scale: What do stakeholders say?
A/Prof Sue Wells, Carmela Petagna
1730 - 1900 Fellowship and Awards Ceremony
1900 - 2030 Celebration Function

Sunday 28 July 2019

0900 - 1020

Concurrent session 6

6a Equity

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
6b Prescribing

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
6c Mental health

Mental Notes
Sofie Welvaert, Helen Fearnley, Laura Wells
6d Clinical - smoking cessation

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
6e Clinical

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
6f Practical

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

Concurrent session 7

7a workshop - equity

Workshop: Uncovering unconscious thoughts and attitudes in personal frames of reference
Mairi-Anne Nel
7b Workshop - general practice research support

A workshop on the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Research and Education Trust (RECT)
Dr Ben Hudson, Dr David Rodgers, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, Dr Phil White
7c Practice employment and ownership

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

Business characteristics which improve your financial equity
Leicester Gouwland
7d Mental health

Rethinking depression and anxiety
Prof Bruce Arroll
7e Clinical - medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis: The evidence base & practical prescribing for patients 'stuck' with chronic pain or emotional distress
Dr Graham Gulbransen, Dr Ben Jansen
7f Workshop - pharmacy

Workshop: Collaborative Medicines reconciliation in primary care improving safety: Working with community pharmacy
Dr Lisa Eskildsen
1230 - 1300 Conference closing

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