'Inspire' key theme of national doctors conference

15 September, 2014

Is there a doctor in the house? If there was ever a time to be unwell in Adelaide it would be during the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) annual conference, GP14, which will see over a thousand GPs converge on Adelaide in October.

Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 9–11 October, GP14 is a platform for GPs to discuss issues and advancements in primary healthcare and patient health outcomes.

RACGP South Australia and Northern Territory (SA&NT) Faculty Chair, Professor Nigel Stocks said the theme for this year's conference – Lead. Inspire. – reflects the role of GPs as leaders in providing healthcare to the community and their role of inspiring a healthy Australia.

"A key discussion that will be held at GP14 is how GPs can lead the debate and work alongside communities, governments and colleagues in other health professions to achieve the best possible patient outcomes," Prof Stocks said.

"GPs are at the heart of primary healthcare and manage a multitude of complex medical conditions and ensure healthy patients remain well through preventive health measures.

"GPs all around Australia demonstrate inspirational service to their communities and are admired by their patients for their knowledge, skill and compassion.

"GP14 celebrates the leadership of GPs in delivering healthcare to all Australians."

Conference highlights include:

  • Dr Andrew Bazemore (USA) – Primary care: what it is and what it can be for the future of health in Australia
  • Professor David Weller (UK) – No longer following but leading: how GPs changed the landscape in cancer control
  • Dr Jill Benson (AUS) – Breathe in, breathe out. Inspiration and leadership in General Practice
  • A range of experts on topics including: diabetes, sexual health, social media and Dr Google, mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

The full program for GP14, including social events can be found on the GP14 website.