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Optional Sessions

Please select your preferred session and networking function for each day to secure your spot. Please note program is subject to change.

  • Streams
  • RDAQ stream
  • Clinical stream
  • Into the future stream
  • Doctors in training stream
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
7:30 AM
  • Pre-Conference Registration
    30 mins
8:00 AM
  • RDAQ pre-conference workshop 1(Delegates & Non-delegate RACGP member): Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound (ALM)

    Point-of-care ultrasound is an increasingly effective diagnostic tool in general practice, particularly in areas with limited access to specialist services. Now that portable ultrasound devices are becoming more affordable and efficient, GPs are developing a keen interest in the use and applications of point-of-care ultrasound. Download the  workshop program or register here 

    Sponsored by RACGP

     

    9 hours
6:00 PM
  • Past President's Dinner - Expression of interest ONLY
    4 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
7:30 AM
  • Pre-Conference Registration
    30 mins
8:00 AM
  • RDAQ pre-conference workshop 2 - Doctors in training

    This year RDAQ will be offering parallel sessions catering for all levels of doctors in training from medical students to advanced registrars.
    This valuable session will provide an opportunity to improve your skills, network with your future colleagues and broaden your knowledge.
    The sessions will be divided into groups and participants will be encouraged to network amongst themselves and with presenters.

    6.5 hours
  • RDAQ pre-conference workshop 3: Dentistry workshop for medical practitioners

    Sponsored by JCU

     

    8 hours
  • RDAQ pre-conference workshop 3(JCU GP Supervisor): Dentistry workshop for medical practitioners-WAITLIST ONLY

    This pre-conference workshop will provide rural GP’s with practical skills to deal with common dental emergencies and dental presentations. This will be a hands-on workshop in a world-class clinical simulation laboratory.

    Sponsored by JCU

    8 hours
  • Obstetrics pre-conference workshop - Expression of interest ONLY

    This interactive workshop will use small group case discussions, procedural skills stations and interactive lectures to deliver a concentrated update on emergency obstetrics, procedural skills and peripartum care. For more information, program and how to register, please click here.

     

    Sponsored by Health Workforce Queensland

    8 hours
9:00 AM
  • RDAQ conference registration
    7.75 hours
2:45 PM
  • Student orientation session
    1.25 hours
4:00 PM
  • Student networking afternoon tea (open to students and sponsoring doctors only, additional spouse tickets available)

    This networking function is for doctors who contributed to our Subsidise-a-Student program to meet with the medical student delegates. 

    45 mins
4:30 PM
  • QRMFN meet & greet

    Includes children's dinner and entertainment

    Please note that while there will be children’s activities offered on this evening, all children attending must have at least one parent on site at the Pullman Cairns International during this event.

    4 hours
5:00 PM
  • Conference welcome & opening address including keynote speaker
    1.33 hours
6:30 PM
  • Conference welcome reception

    Includes supper and beverages

    We open the 30th Annual RDAQ conference entering ‘Cairns-ablanca’ for the 5th time in 30 years.
    Join us poolside as we round up the usual suspects. This is where it all begins, the start of a beautiful friendship, and a great opportunity for delegates, sponsors and speakers to mingle in an informal setting.

    2 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
7:00 AM
  • RDAQ conference registration
    30 mins
7:30 AM
  • Rural workforce breakfast

    Please note that bookings are essential due to limited capacity.

    Our annual breakfast forum will address current workforce issues and recent research developments in rural and remote Queensland. The breakfast is included in delegates
    registration.

    1.5 hours
7:31 AM
  • Rural workforce breakfast - WAITLIST ONLY
    1.48 hours
9:10 AM
  • Plenary 1
    50 mins
9:30 AM
  • QRMFN AGM

    The QRMFN AGM is being held at Shangri-La Hotel.

    3.5 hours
  • QRMFN Children's Workshop

    Please note there will be adjunct care for this session.

    The QRMFN children's workshop is being held at Shangri-La Hotel.

    3.5 hours
10:00 AM
  • RDAQ Foundation Annual Oration
    20 mins
10:20 AM
  • Morning tea
    25 mins
10:50 AM
  • RDAQ Stream: Concurrent 1- RDAQ members' forum (members only)

    RDAQ members are welcome to participate in an extended members’ forum, led by president Dr Neil Beaton. The session will precede the RDAQ AGM with agenda items focused on key policy and advocacy issues nominated by members. This session is designed to be participatory and will drive RDAQ priorities for the year ahead.

    1 hour
  • Clinical Stream: Concurrent 2: Practical diabetic wound care

    An interactive workshop suitable for GPs, practice nurses and nurse practitioners.

    Jessica Anderson

    1 hour
  • Into the future stream: Concurrent 3: The future of rural communities

    Presenters from the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence will discuss the future of rural communities, using the notion of inclusive economic and rural development. The session will also include practical considerations around local government and health and wellbeing considerations.  

    Prof Hurriyet Babacan

    Jessica Fealy

    1 hour
  • Doctors in training stream: Concurrent 4: Beginners guide to rural retrievals

    Senior medical students and junior doctors are often faced with the task of arranging emergency medical retrievals whilst on rural placement/ rotation. To those unfamiliar, it can be a daunting task demanding a multitude of different steps and interpersonal skills, explored here in this fun and interactive session.

    Dr Carl O'Kane

    1 hour
11:55 AM
  • RDAQ stream: Concurrent 5: Federal policy forum

    Following on from positive feedback RDAQ members and delegates will engage in key federal policy updates.

    1 hour
  • Clinical stream: Concurrent 6: Galloping glands: a practical endocrine case based discussion

    Dysfunctional endocrine processes are implicit in many chronic disease presentations to general practice and hospitals.  New understandings and advances in treatment make this a dynamic situation which can be difficult for GPs to maintain best practice.  This presentation aims to provide a practical approach to updating general practice endocrinology.

    Dr Luke Conway

    1 hour
  • Into the future stream: Concurrent 7: Bridging the gap between the swamp & ivory tower

    Conducting practice based research in general practice. This session will focus  on using grass-roots GP research ideas and co-creation of projects with GP’s and researchers.

    Dr Clare Heal

    1 hour
  • Doctors in training stream: Concurrent 8: Crafting word so people will want to read them

    A recurring theme over recent years in this RDAQ stream for good reason. Social media mastery is a must for our future leaders of rural health. If you advocate for something you believe in, learn how to amplify your message through avenues that go beyond the social media you might expect.

    Dr Justin Coleman

    1 hour
12:55 PM
  • Lunch
    50 mins
1:50 PM
  • Medico-political forum
    1.67 hours
3:31 PM
  • Close of day 2
    14 mins
3:45 PM
  • Afternoon tea
    30 mins
5:30 PM
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration "Bunker Party"

    RDAQ - Here’s looking at you kid!
    Join us for a night of explosive celebrations.

    Marking our 30th year, we will honour times gone by and raise our glasses to the future.
    Enjoy bunker games, great food and great entertainment including the Rural Rednecks.

    Dress: Fancy dress: Be inspired by Morocco’s sand dunes, Victory Day or other Bunker themes.

    Inclusions: Buffet dinner (Cash bar available), Live music and games, kid friendly activities.

    Please note there will be no karaoke at this event.

    4.5 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
7:15 AM
  • RDAQ conference registration
    15 mins
7:30 AM
  • RDAQ Annual General Meeting including breakfast

    RDAQ Breakfast is part of day 3 opening, please ensure you select this session if you require catering due to limited capacity.

    RDAQ’s annual breakfast is included in delegate registration. Join us for a special panel reflecting on three decades of rural health leadership. The session will include RDAQ’s Annual General Meeting.
     

    1.75 hours
7:31 AM
  • RDAQ Annual General Meeting including breakfast - WAITLIST ONLY
    1.73 hours
8:30 AM
  • QRMFN Day Trip: Green Island Eco Adventure Tour

    Inclusions:

    • - Return boat ticket
    • - Lunch
    • - Snorkelling or glass bottom coral viewing
    6.75 hours
9:20 AM
  • Keynote Address
    40 mins
10:00 AM
  • Rural Generalist Medicine Presentations
    20 mins
10:20 AM
  • Morning tea
    25 mins
10:50 AM
  • RDAQ stream: Concurrent 9: Developing and building your private practice

    A session focused on practical take-aways to build and refine your private practice. Suitable for practice owners and practice administrators our speakers will share their expertise in business development in the private practice setting.

    1 hour
  • Clinical stream: Concurrent 10: Practical ECGs

    Join this practical interactive workshop using case based discussion.

    1 hour
  • Into the future stream: Concurrent 11: Rural medical education: Professionalism

    This years preceptor session will focus on professionalism. Presentations will explore professionalism of medical students, post-graduate trainees and supervisors.

    1 hour
  • Doctors in training stream: Concurrent 12: RDAQ Academic awards finalists

    Medical student finalists present case studies exploring key issues in rural health whilst they vie for the prestigious RDAQ Academic Award to be presented at the RDAQ Gala Dinner. This is a popular session with doctor and student delegates.

    1 hour
11:55 AM
  • RDAQ stream: Concurrent 13: RDAQ 30 years Leadership in rural medicine

    Three decades of leadership from female doctors’ perspective. Join the conversation as panellists reflect on challenges and gains for themselves and their colleagues across 30 years. Just like pearls this women have bought together a lot of grit and some miracles to create gems for rural and remote medicine.

    1 hour
  • Clinical stream: Concurrent 14: Management of dysregulated self harming teens in transition to adulthood

    Dysregulated self-harming teens are often transitioning from paediatric to adult services, they are at risk of being missed between services. General Practice is perfectly positioned to ensure continuity of care in this vulnerable patient population. This presentation aims to equip GPs with the appropriate skill set to optimiseoutcomes for these patients.

    Dr Michael Daubney

    1 hour
  • Into the future stream: Concurrent 15: Rural health research papers

    Applications now open.

    To view T&Cs and how to apply, click here.

     

    Following a call for abstracts, a range of engaging presenters will put their vision of the future of rural and remote health to this years’ audience.

    1 hour
  • Doctors in training stream: Concurrent 16: Looking forward to extended rural placements

    The prospect of a longitudinal rural placement can be met with both apprehension and excitement. In this session, a panel of rural doctors, each at a different stage in their careers, discuss the pros and cons of undertaking an extended rural placement, speaking from both personal experience and on recent research.

    1 hour
12:55 PM
  • Lunch
    50 mins
1:50 PM
  • Plenary 2
    1 hour
2:50 PM
  • Closing address - incoming RDAQ President
    25 mins
3:15 PM
  • Afternoon tea
    30 mins
6:00 PM
  • QRMFN Children's dinner & Entertainment

    Please note that while there will be children’s activities offered on this evening, all children attending must have at least one parent on site at the Pullman Cairns International during this event. Adjunct care has been arranged.

    5.75 hours
  • Request for in room baby sitting

    Conditions apply, subject to demand, this service is at the delegates cost

    6 hours
6:30 PM
  • David Horn memorial gala dinner and awards

    Pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm then dinner from 7.00pm

    5.5 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
8:00 AM
  • Infections in Rural and Remote Qld: High-Impact Learning (Affiliated Meeting)

    This workshop will encourage participants to engage in case based discussions regarding contemporary practice updates of Infections in Rural and Remote Australia delivered by experts in Australian community-acquired infections. 

    This workshop is provided by: Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

    8 hours