2 March 2018

GPs Down Under conference program finalised and tickets selling fast

General Practice Social Media

Get your GPDU18 tickets quick. They might just sell out say organisers, and for the next few weeks, they’re still at the early bird rate. The conference will be at the  RACV Royal Pines Gold Coast from May 31 to June 2.

Conference organiser, Maureen Ryan, says that with increasing sponsor support for the event, the organisers have decided to hold the early bird ticket prices open for a few more weeks in order to keep the price down as much as possible. ” The best time to get your tickets will likely be in the next two to three weeks although we are aiming to hold the prices as low as we can as long as we can,” Ryan told the Medical Republic.

“When we set our prices we just tried to keep them lower than all other similar events with workshops and two days of sessions.  We didn’t really have a great idea of what support we’d get from sponsors. But the sponsors have responded really well to the grassroots nature and ideals of the GPDU group.  The conversations are mostly very easy going with most wanting to support something which is so organic and GP led. With more early sponsor support we can keep the tickets longer at early bird pricing and start to offer specials for registrars and other groups who find these sorts of meetings hard to access.

The program for the event is finalised, other than three Pecha Kucha topics, which will be selected from entries submitted to the GPDU18 site at www.gpdu.com.au. Pecha Kucha is a talk format in which you have to present your topic in 20 slides, at the rate of twenty seconds for each slide. Anyone can enter their topic and talk. All Pecha Kucha’s will be published on the GPDU website, and the winners will selected to talk at the conference. Entries can be submitted directly to the site. The talks are open to any GP to enter, or any exhibitor or supplier. Topics must be current and of course, entertaining and topical.

Key program highlights include:

  • Complementary Medicine, General Practice and Social Media and the law – Ian Frekelton QC
  • Medicare Homes, new business models and medicare
  • The digital disruption or not, of general practice
  • Meta-cognitive bias and making mistakes – failing gracefully
  • General medicine in extreme environments – Antartica
  • Social media, general practice and continuing medical education
  • Assertiveness and boundaries in the management of difficult patients
  • Portfolio career vs hobby doctors
  • Emergencies in general practice
  • Tribalism in medicine
  • How many colleges and why?

The program also features clinical workshops and CPD including:

  • GP Emergencies
  • Palliative care
  • MTOP
  • Ultrasounds in GP gynaecology
  • Starting out in GP research
  • Balint
  • Drugs and Opiates
  • And more…

Full program, speakers and instructions on submitting your own talk are on the site at www.gpdu.com.au. Use this code GPDU1810, for you Medical Republic reader discount which applies even on top of the early bird rate. CLICK HERE to go directly to ticket sales, click on the green ticket button and use your code at the top of the screen. Any queries to jeremy@medicalrepublic.com.au