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RDWA Annual GP Conference 2019

This year’s annual RDWA Rural GP conference is a program brimming with key topics for every GP working in rural SA, with a showcase line up including mental health, dermatology, pain management, child and maternal health, chronic disease management and management of emergencies in primary care.

We are absolutely delighted that Australian of the Year, Dr Richard Harris, has accepted our invitation to talk to you on Saturday afternoon.

Our two-day conference starts on the morning of Friday 17 May 2019 and will be led by a keynote from respected and long-time GP Anaesthetist Dr Peter Gilchrist who is completing his PhD research into the delivery of anaesthesia by General Practitioners.  Peter has been invited to present his research at many eminent conferences and is a wonderful advocate for GP proceduralists throughout Australia.

Friday’s program will focus on managing dental, eye and musculoskeletal injuries and the management of injury rehabilitation in primary care, with Dr Mark Raife, Dr Paul Athanasiov and Optometrist Ben Hamlyn leading the sessions.

Dr Tim Semple and Dr Marek Litwin will lead the afternoon session on the latest in pain management treatment for chronic pain, rheumatology and neurology.

The Family Program will start on Friday after lunch, with children of all ages taking part in a fun range of arts activities.

GPs and their families are invited to a casual Welcome to the Conference session from 5pm on Friday afternoon.

Saturday kicks off with a full program that tackles Mental Health service delivery in rural SA, with an expert panel discussing case studies, and with the Family Program heading for the Zoo for a unique hands-on animal experience.

Dr Lachlan Warren’s dermatology and skin cancer sessions are among the most requested by rural GPs, and Lachlan will run a session looking at benign and malignant tumours and their identification and management in primary care.

Paediatrician Dr Kathy Lee will present on paediatric behaviour, assessment and pathways for families. Women’s Health GP Dr Meredith Frearson will speak on the current topics relating to womens health and procedures.

Dr David Jesudason will lead a multi-disciplinary panel to discuss how rural GPs are connecting into specialist endocrinology and diabetes team care for complex cases.

Wrapping up the conference, Dr Richard Harris, Anaesthetist, medSTAR specialist and, of course, renowned architect of the Thai cave rescue, will share his experiences and there will time for you to ask him questions.

We finish the two-day gathering of SA’s rural GP workforce and their families with a casual dinner for you to share with your partners and colleagues. 

A grant is available to support privately arranged child care for the evening (supported by receipts); and an accommodation subsidy is available of up to $125/night for two nights accommodation (supported by receipts).


You are eligible to attend this conference if you are a resident rural GP working in South Australia.  There is no conference fee for eligible GPs.  If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Tania Baldock, Manager GP Services conference@ruraldoc.com.au

Please complete your name, practice and contact details, and we will register you.  We will send you an information pack with the program when it's final, ask you to tell us which sessions you will attend, and provide you with details on accommodation and child care subsidies.

Call or email our Retention team anytime.

GP Services Manager, Tania Baldock

P: 08 8234 8277
E: conference@ruraldoc.com.au

Registration Form