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Medical Professional Development

To support your continued learning, our Medical Professional Development program provides clinical education workshops on a range of specialist areas that have been identified by SA’s rural GPs.

One of the highlights of the RDWA Medical Professional Development program is that rural GPs can undertake a wide range of clinical upskilling close to home, reducing the need to travel and leave your practice and community for long periods.


The Medical Professional Development Program is a series of presentations given by key rural specialists. In 2021 we have added workshops focusing on Endocrinology and Rheumatology in addition to Dermatology.

The presentations are designed to be interactive and practical to build GP confidence and management of each speciality including when to investigate, reassure or refer.

If there is a topic you'd like us to consider, please let us know. 


All rural GPs, registrars, interns and students are invited to attend any of the continuing professional development sessions, which start at 7pm, with networking and light refreshments at the end of the session. There is no cost to attend.


Diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with cardiologist Dr Philip Tideman, will cover the various aspects of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, given that CVD is by far the largest cause of mortality in this group of patients. In particular the mechanisms of CVD in diabetes will be discussed along with treatment considerations to reduce risk and improve outcomes from CVD in diabetes will be discussed.

Reference to newer medications in diabetes management and their impact on CVD outcomes will be explored

Wednesday 4 August
Thursday 7 October
Monday 1 November

Port Augusta
Port Lincoln


Diabetes demystified and help with other hormones with Dr Thomas Chesterman will cover the latest information on the management of type 2 Diabetes and other hormonal conditions.

Please contact gpservices@ruraldoc.com.au to express your interest in the next event.


Gout – Diagnosis and Management with Dr Simon Burnet will cover the latest information and management recommendations for this common condition.

Please contact gpservices@ruraldoc.com.au to express your interest in the next event.


We are excited to announce the next phase in Dermatology Medical Professional Development workshops, with a new topic focusing on skin cancers and lesions.

If you were one of the many GPs and registrars who participated in the Dermatology Medical Professional Development workshops focusing on paediatric rashes over the past 12 months, you will know how informative these workshops are, tailored to you in rural practice by an experienced rural specialist. 

Presented by Dr Lachlan Warren, this interactive session focuses on the practicalities of skin cancer management for rural GPs with an emphasis on safety, skin lesion and checking techniques, and assessment. Dr Warren will also cover the principles of dermoscopy as well as sharing tips from his own experience.

Kicking off in Port Lincoln, we are excited to present the second workshop to follow in this essential series will be in Berri.

Friday 30 July
Friday 27 August

Port Lincoln


For more information about this Program please contact:
Noelene Cooper, GP Services Coordinator
PH 08 8234 8277