GP research for GPs @ GPDU

This oral presentation of a “pitch paper” was given at the 2017 GPTEC (General Practice Training and Education Conference), ICC Sydney, 16-17 August 2017. (presentation; abstract)

Tam CWM, Khan A, Knight A, Rhee J, Price K, Leeuwenburg T, McLean K, Higgins N. GP research for GPs @ GPDU. GPTEC (General Practice Training and Education Conference), ICC Sydney, 16-17 August 2017 Continue reading

Major inconsistency in AHPRA/National Boards guidelines on social media

AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) recently announced a number of revised guidelines/codes/policies for health practitioners, which came into effect on 17 March 2014.

The new social media policy, and more specifically, how a part of Section 133 of the National Law (relating to the use of testimonials for advertising) has been interpreted in the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services (advertising guideline), has caused an upswell of anger in doctors who use social media.  GP and blogger, Dr Edwin Kruys summarised the events and its fallout.  Dr Jill Tomlinson, a plastic surgeon, is leading an online action group to call on AHPRA to review the advertising guideline.

Today, AHPRA made one concrete action that I view as both encouraging, and entirely inadequate.   Continue reading