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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

Tuesday 1 June
Wednesday 4 August
Thursday 7 October
Monday 1 November

Mount Gambier
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 retention@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 retention@ruraldoc.com.au to express your interest in the next event.


Focusing on Paediatric Dermatology, specifically rashes in children, Dr Lachlan Warren will cover Childhood Atopic Dermatitis, Birthmarks and Cutaneous Infections.

  • Childhood Atopic Dermatitis – giving GPs a broad understanding of the disease and enabling them to communicate a plan of intervention and education to families
  • Birthmarks - enabling GPs to determine which birthmarks may require intervention or referral
  • Cutaneous Infections – giving GPs confidence in management including when to investigate, reassure or treat with antimicrobial prescription.

Friday 21 May
Friday 18 June

Port Augusta


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