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WAGPON Newsletter – January 2018

By January 20, 2018February 6th, 2018Newsletter
  1. New WAGPON website – now LIVE

A recommendation from the 2017 GP Obstetrics Think Tank was the development of a WAGPON website containing information on GPO training pathways, practice locations and support and links to relevant organisations.

Thanks to the website design skills of Annie Rowe (Rural Health West  technical guru) I am pleased to advise that the website is now live!

Please visit, your feedback and comments are welcome.

  1. AMSA student skills workshop – 2-8 July 2018

AMSA Convention is an annual event which features medical students from schools all over Australia coming together for academic talks, clinical skills workshops and social events. On 2-8 July 2018, Convention is being held in Perth.

I have been approached by the organising committee to assist with facilitating two clinical skills workshops, CTG interpretation and instrumental delivery. They would like the workshop to be aimed at clinical (as opposed to preclinical) students. Exact details are yet to be confirmed, but if you would be willing to facilitate one of these workshops, please contact me via email and I will be in touch again soon.

  1. GP Obstetrics Think Tank and Rural Health West Annual Conference

The GP Obstetrics Western Australian Advisory Group (GPOWAAG) is hosting the annual GP Obstetrics Think Tank on Friday 23 March 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Perth, alongside the Rural Health West 2018 Annual Conference. The event will comprise key presentations and a panel discussion. Attendees will include rural GP obstetricians, obstetricians, gynaecologists and stakeholders with an interest in GP obstetrics.

Time:             6.30pm to 8.30pm

Date:             Friday 23 March 2018

Venue:         Hyatt Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

GP obstetricians’ input into the evening’s discussions would be greatly valued. If you would like to attend please register as soon as possible, the application form can be found on There is no charge for attendance and partners are most welcome.

The findings from the 2018 Think Tank will be used by the GPOWAAG to support and guide GP obstetric services in outer metropolitan and rural Western Australia.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Suzanne Badham

Procedural Programs Coordinator    

Education and Skills Development

T  08 6389 4517   |   F  08 6389 4501


Registrations for the Annual conference are open now at

  1. Rural Health West Obstetrics and Neonatal Emergencies Workshops 2017

The dates and locations for these workshops are as follows:


11 May Narrogin
13 July Kununurra
26 October Esperance

Neonatal Emergencies

8 – 9 March Geraldton – REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
31 Oct  – 1 Nov Bunbury

For more information, visit

  1. Recorded Sessions from the Joint ADIPS-SOMANZ Annual Scientific Meeting held in Canberra in October 2017

If you were not able to make it to the ADIPS/SOMANZ Joint Annual Scientific Meetings in Canberra held over 20-22 October 2017 you can view some selected lectures from this meeting online.

If you are not a member of ADIPS (Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society) or SOMANZ (Society of Obstetric Medicine or Australia and New Zealand) and did not attend the ASM, you can view these recordings through the following link which will require a one-time payment of USD50.00 for access –  Please feel free to share this paid link with your colleagues who may be interested in the content of our meetings.

If you find these recorded sessions useful, please let us know.  If you are a member of either ADIPS or SOMANZ or attended the meeting, there is a free link to these recorded sessions. This is another benefit of membership to these societies – join either one and view for free!

To join ADIPS – go to

To join SOMANZ – go to

If you have now viewed these recorded sessions and found the sessions informative and useful, why not come to the Annual Scientific Meetings next year.

ADIPS will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 24-26 August 2018.

SOMANZ will be held at the Pullman International Cairns from 13-15 July 2018.

For further information on the recordings or any aspect of membership to either society, please contact Ms Suzie Neylon, Executive Officer, SOMANZ and ADIPS on email or

  1. Save the date 2018 O&G GP Updates at KEMH: Saturday 19 May 2018 & Saturday 13 October 2018

 General Practitioners are invited to the following event as part of King Edward Memorial Hospital’s ongoing commitment to support General Practitioners in providing antenatal care as well as assessment and management of women with gynaecological problems. Other doctors are also welcome to attend.

Full day attendance qualifies for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points (upon completion of required activities).

Full day attendance qualifies as a Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) workshop for the DRANZCOG.

Half day attendance is also an option.

For more info, please see the attached flyer.

  1. RDAWA – join or renew your membership

A message from President of Rural Doctors Association of WA Dr Andrew Kirke

Join your Rural Doctors Association today ………..and start to benefit.

Your membership directly supports the substantial advocacy and lobbying activities that are undertaken by the state RDA’s and Rural Doctors Association of Australia on your behalf.

Membership includes….
• Access to significant advice and support provided by RDAA and state RDA’s.
• Significant discounts to selected rural medical conferences, including Rural Medicine Australia – Joint Conference with ACRRM (October 25-27 2018 in Darwin)
• RDAA member-only publications including Rural Pulse Magazine, and our weekly e-bulletins RuralDoc.
• Camaraderie, personal support and opportunities to meet and connect with like-minded rural Doctors from across Western Australia at professional and social events (such as Rural Health West Annual Conference in March).
• The ability to become actively involved in setting our policies on a wide range of issues. Visit for details.

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