On Thursday, 14 December 2017 the Northern Rivers General Practice Network is holding an evening meeting to discuss opportunities and potential new services for North Coast doctors. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. immediately following the NRGPN Annual General Meeting and will last for one hour.

Our presenters will each have 10 minutes to briefly outline their projects and there will be time at the end of the meeting for follow up questions and general discussion.

John Langill and Dr Chris Jambor from the North Coast GP Training kick off the evening with a talk about educational opportunities for North Coast doctors. It is envisaged that by leveraging NRGPN resources we will be able to get local talks and presentations to a wider audience than currently occurs.

Final year medical students at the University of Wollongong have presented a painting by well-known Bundjalung artist Noel ‘Charlie’ Caldwell to their alma mater as a token of their appreciation.

Farewelling the university by presenting a gift has become a UOW tradition. Having thought long and hard about the most appropriate item, the students, many of whom had undertaken practicum training in the Northern Rivers, settled on an original creation from Bundjalung Country.

‘Goanna’ will be hung in a prominent place at the University to ensure maximum viewing of this wonderful work. 

Charlie Caldwell, who comes from Casino, has been painting since he was 15 and draws his inspiration from his Aboriginal heritage. He has also been a mural artist for local schools. In his artist profile at Jambama Arts Centre in Casino he is quoted as saying “painting is a big part of my life and I’ll never stop painting till I die”.

Nathan Kesteven became Chair of the Northern RIvers General Practice Network in 2017. This Chairman’s report outlines the current focus of the Network and his vision for the organisation in the coming year.

The Board meets every couple of months to further the aims of the Northern RIvers General Practice Network (NRGPN) and comprises myself, David Guest, Chris Mitchell, Lynn Davies and Katie Evans.  We  have been working and thinking about ways to improve our reach and offer something to the wider medical community, especially in this leaner world of primary health networks.

We see our primary aims as:

  1. facilitating communication within the GP community, as well as with the hospital, our specialist colleagues, allied health and our local communities,
  2. facilitating education and
  3. advocating for our members and general practice.

General practitioners residing on the North Coast are invited to attend the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN) Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 14 December 2017 at 6.30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the St Vincent's Education Centre, Dalley Street, Lismore. Those unable to attend may vote by completing the Proxy Form and returning it to the NRGPN prior to 8 December.

There are three Director positions to be filled on the Board for the 2018-2019 period and members are invited to nominate for these positions. The Nomination Form should reach the NRGPN via email or fax before close of business on 7 December 2017. A NRGPN Board position currently carries a stipend set at $2,000. 

The AGM Agenda includes acceptance of the Minutes of the 2016 AGM and Financial Statements and presentation of the Chairman's Report.

The meeting will conclude at 7.00 p.m. and be followed by a one hour discussion on the future direction for the NRGPN.

Speakers John Langill of North Coast General Practice Training, Dr Louise Imlay-Gillespie, haematologist Northern NSW Local Health District, and local GP, Dr Arthur Proudfoot, will present their ideas for improving medical communication and education on the North Coast.

The Future Directions discussion is open to both members and non-members.

Dr David Guest 

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

...

Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

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