Keynote sessions

GPCE Sydney keynotes

Continuing in 2017, to recognise the constantly changing healthcare industry, GPCE Melbourne will include an exciting new keynote session each day of the conference. Come and hear from the top innovators, challengers and influencers in primary healthcare covering the latest ‘hot topics’ facing primary care today – you can’t afford to miss out!

CPD Points: two Cat 2 per session  |  Cost:  Complimentary for all healthcare professionals

Keynote Timetable

  • Friday 10 November


    12:00 – 1:00pm
    The RACGP has an ongoing commitment to the highest standard in a QI&CPD Program for all GPs. In this 2017–19 triennium there is an increased focus on reflective learning practices. To promote reflective learning practice in continuing professional education, the RACGP is introducing the planning learning and need (PLAN) Category 1 quality improvement activity. This PLAN activity enables general practitioners (GPs) to self-identify priority areas of general practice learning needs in accordance with their personal, patients and community needs. The PLAN activity is mandatory in the 2017–19 triennium and can only be completed online through the myRACGP web page by navigating to myCPD. Listen to RACGP President, Dr Bastian Seidel, who will present and then discuss PLAN with his colleagues.

    Dr Bastian M Seidel, MBBS, PhD, MACHI, MRCGP, FRACGP
    RACGP President

    Presented by: RACGP

  • Saturday 11 November


    Australians are living longer, demands on our health system are increasing, and technology is playing an ever bigger role in changing how the future looks. From earlier disease detection, more effective management, to better healthcare communication, advances in healthcare can mean saving more lives and enhancing patient wellbeing. In this keynote, we will take a trip into the future to explore the possibilities of advances in integrated care and how it can lead to better clinical and population health outcomes. In the context of the Government’s “Health Care Homes” initiative, Dr Bullen will talk through the potential for increased access to appropriate care, reduced preventable hospitalisation / emergency department use, more patient-centred care and other benefits. You will hear about the practical implications of the initiative to GPs, challenges in implementing it and real-world benefits to patients.

    Dr Kevin Bullen, MB BCh, FRACGP

    Presented by: Primary Health Care

  • Sunday 12 November


    Medicinal Cannabis was made legal in Australia in 2016. Debate continues as to whether there is enough evidence, who would benefit and should we prescribe? This session will outline the current research base, major indications and why doctors might consider medicinal cannabis in certain patients. The risks of medicinal cannabis will also be discussed, and why caution may be warranted even if medicinal cannabis is flavour of the month.

    Dr Ian Brighthope, MD, MBBS, DAgSci


How to Register:

The keynote sessions are open and complimentary to all visitors of GPCE.

If you have already registered and would like to add the keynotes to your registration, please call 1800 571 960 or email

For new registrations:

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