RACGP CONFERENCE

Sydney + 26—28 October 2017 + #GP17sydney

Frequently asked questions


Registration

  • What are the registration fees for GP17?
What are the registration fees for GP17?

Full 3-day registration fees

Early bird Standard
RACGP Member $1020 $1120
RACGP Registrar $610 $710
RACGP Resident/Intern $610 $710
Other RACGP Member $1020 $1120
New Fellow $720
Non Member $1170 $1270
Student $300

Day registration fees (rates are per day)

Early bird Standard
RACGP Member $510 $560
RACGP Registrar $305 $355
RACGP Resident/Intern $305 $355
Other RACGP Member $510 $560
New Fellow 360
Non Member $585 $635
Student $150
  • Who is eligible to register?
Who is eligible to register?

GP17 is open to all medical professionals and medical education providers.

  • How do I alter my registration?
How do I alter my registration?

We have created tutorial videos to guide you through this process. Please click here to watch the videos and modify your registration. The RACGP Events Team is also on hand to help with any changes and can be contacted via gp17@racgp.org.au.

  • What do I do if I need to cancel my registration?
What do I do if I need to cancel my registration?

If you can no longer attend GP17, please send an email to gp17@racgp.org.au requesting a cancellation. Please note that fees and charges may be associated with cancelling your registration. As an alternative, you can also transfer your registration to another person.

  • Can I pay to attend just one session?
Can I pay to attend just one session?

There are no session only registration options available for GP17. We do however have one-day registration available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  • Can I attend just for an ALM?
Can I attend just for an ALM?

You can attend the ALM day by purchasing a one-day registration for Wednesday 25 October 2017 when selecting your registration option.

  • Can I just attend the exhibition?
Can I just attend the exhibition?

Yes, you may purchase an Exhibition & Social Events pass for $150 per person per day. This pass entitles access to the GP17 exhibition for the day of your choice; you will also have the opportunity to add on any social events (ticket fees apply) to your visitor pass. Further information can be found on the GP17 website.

  • What catering is included?
What catering is included?

Wednesday 25 October

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch

Thursday 26 October

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception canapes and drinks

Friday 27 October

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea

Saturday 28 October

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Farewell drinks and canapes
  • Do I need to pre-select the sessions I will be attending?
Do I need to pre-select the sessions I will be attending?

The only sessions and workshops you need to pre-select during registration are your ALM, CPR Workshop, social events and member meetings. All other sessions are open on a first come basis for seating.

  • Can my partner attend?
Can my partner attend?

If your partner or guest would like to attend conference sessions, they will need to register for the whole event or for the days they wish to attend.

You can also purchase tickets for partners and guests to attend only the social functions such as the welcome reception, national faculties evening, Foundation walk and Foundation gala dinner.

Guest tickets for these events can be purchased as part of your registration process or you can modify your registration to include them at a later date. We have a helpful online tutorial, which shows you how to modify your registration.


ALMs

  • Can I attend for just an ALM?
Can I attend for just an ALM?

You can attend the ALM day by purchasing a one-day registration for Wednesday 25 October 2017 when selecting your registration option.

  • Can I register for more than one ALM?
Can I register for more than one ALM?

Registration is only available for one ALM. This allows us to maximise the places available for all GPs across Australia.

  • What if my preferred ALM is full?
What if my preferred ALM is full?

If your preferred ALM is full, you can register for another ALM and you may also like to be waitlisted for your preferred ALM. This will take place during the registration process.

  • Can I go on a waitlist for an ALM in case a place becomes available?
Can I go on a waitlist for an ALM in case a place becomes available?

Yes, you can be placed on a waitlist for an ALM in case a place becomes available. To confirm a place we strongly recommend selecting an ALM with places available instead.

  • Do I have to pre-register for an ALM?
Do I have to pre-register for an ALM?

All ALMs contain pre and post activities that you will need to complete to be eligible to obtain 40 Category 1 RACGP QI&CPD points. This means that all ALM attendees must pre-register.

  • Which ALMs and workshops are eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)?
Which ALMs and workshops are eligible for the Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)?

RACGP Rural is excited to be delivering two active learning modules (ALMs) as part of GP17. Between the ‘Introduction to point of care ultrasound’ and ‘Rural Hospital Clinical Simulation’ ALMs, there will be over 80 places available that are Rural Procedural Grant (RPGP) eligible.

The Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) workshops are also eligible.


QI&CPD

  • What QI&CPD points will I earn?
What QI&CPD points will I earn?

If you attend an ALM on Wednesday 25 October you will earn 40 category 1 points. For each day of GP17 that you attend (Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October) you will earn 10 category 2 points or 30 points in total if you registered as a full delegate.

  • How can attending GP17 help me with my PLAN?
How can attending GP17 help me with my PLAN?

There are several ways that attending GP17 can help with your PLAN. In the exhibition hall we will have a PLAN Zone that will be staffed by RACGP QI&CPD staff members. The zone is set up with computers and the team can help you log on and start your PLAN, explain the process or if you’ve already started, help you continue your PLAN journey.

With a strong education program there are many sessions that will meet the RACGP Curriculum for Australian General Practice and help you fulfil your evidence requirements PLAN.

  • Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
Will I receive a certificate of attendance?

All GP17 full and day registered delegates will attend a certificate of attendance.

  • How and when will my QI&CPD points be allocated?
How and when will my QI&CPD points be allocated?

In line with QI&CPD requirements, points will be uploaded within 30 days of GP17. Please remember that reinforcing activities must be completed for category 1 points to be allocated. Should they not be completed in time it may affect when these points are allocated to you. This would affect individuals only.

  • Can I fulfil my CPR requirement for this triennium?
Can I fulfil my CPR requirement for this triennium?

There are opportunities to fulfil the CPR requirement for this triennium at GP17. Available CPR workshops are displayed on the GP17 CPR page.


At GP17

  • How long does the conference go for?
How long does the conference go for?

The conference runs for 3 days, from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 October 2017. There is an additional pre-conference ALM day, which you may choose to attend which takes place Wednesday 25 October 2017.

  • What are the conference and exhibition hours?
What are the conference and exhibition hours?

GP17 hours

Wednesday ALMs 8.30am – 3.30pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday 8.30am – 3.30pm

GP17 exhibition hours

Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 8.00am – 1.00pm
  • Where do I register?
Where do I register?

On arrival to the ICC Sydney, please make your way to either the ground floor registration desk of the convention centre or the level 2 exhibition registration desk. This is located on level 2 of the exhibition centre in front of hall 1.

There are two additional mobile registration stations. One is located in the Darling Harbour concourse outside of the ICC. It has a bright pink umbrella and GP17 branding so you can locate it easily.

The second location is in the Darling Harbour Theatre foyer, located on level 2 of the convention centre. RACGP staff and medical student volunteers are on hand to help provide directions. Just look for the bright pink and blue lollypop signs.

  • What is the dress code?
What is the dress code?

At GP17 we’re committed to looking after you. There will be lots of fun and easy activities that you can participate in throughout the conference, including in between sessions. There will also be a relaxation zone on the RACGP booth where you can take some time out for a short meditation to re-invigorate your mind ready for the next learning opportunities.

To make participating as comfortable as possible, the dress code for the conference sessions is smart casual with comfortable shoes.

Below is an outline of each of the activities being held at GP17 and the applicable dress code.

Activity Date Dress code
ALMs Wednesday 25 October Smart casual
Conference sessions Thursday 26 October Smart casual
Welcome reception Thursday 26 October Smart casual
Conference sessions Friday 27 October Smart casual
National Faculties Evening Friday 27 October Smart casual
Foundation walk Saturday 28 October Active walking wear
Conference sessions Saturday 28 October Smart casual
Foundation Gala Dinner Saturday 28 October Black tie
  • Will there be posters?
Will there be posters?

Posters can be viewed in the GP17 exhibition hall, which is access from level 2 of the ICC Exhibition Centre. A trade floor map will be available on the conference app and also on entry into the exhibition hall.

  • I have a dietary requirement. What should I do?
I have a dietary requirement. What should I do?

When you register for GP17 there is a question asking for any dietary requirements. This relates to specific requirements such as gluten free, lactose intolerant and allergies. Please list your requirements in this section. At the event, the dietary specifications of each food item will be listed. For any requirements that are not covered by the selections available for all delegates, there will be separate station where your meals will be available. The ICC and RACGP staff will be on hand to help direct you.

Please note that food preferences cannot be accommodated.

  • What will the weather be like?
What will the weather be like?

The daytime weather in Sydney in October is an average of 18⁰C, it can reach a high of 22⁰C on the warmer days. You will experience a slight drop at night, however, you will never feel too cold as temperatures hover around 14⁰C.

  • If I have an emergency, what should I do?
If I have an emergency, what should I do?

The ICC Sydney have a medical team on hand should an emergency arise. In these instances, please advise the nearest ICC or RACGP staff member immediately. The ICC have connections with all emergency services. The average response rates are 5 minutes for the NSW police, 5-10 minutes for NSW Ambulance and 5 minutes for NSW Fire Rescue.


Speakers

  • I’m a speaker, where do I go when I get there?
I’m a speaker, where do I go when I get there?

We ask that speakers register at the registration desk located on the ground floor of the ICC convention centre upon arrival. You will then be directed to the GP17 speakers preparation room on level 2. Here you will be supported by an RACGP staff member and ICC audio visual team members to ensure your presentation is loaded.

There are also private rooms if you would like to rehearse your presentation. This is located on the ground floor of the ICC convention centre just behind the registration desk. Our team will be on hand to direct you.

  • Who are the keynote speakers?
Who are the keynote speakers?
  • Dr Jay Parkinson, the CEO and Founder of Sherpaa.
  • Sir Harry Burns, Former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.
  • Professor Julie Bernhardt, Head of stroke division, Florey Institute Neuroscience & Mental
  • Professor Jane Gunn, Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research, Head of the Department of General Practice, & Deputy Head of the Medical School, The University of Melbourne.

Venue/location

  • Where is GP17 being held?
Where is GP17 being held?

GP17 is being held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney which is located in the Darling Harbour Precinct. The formal address is 14 Darling Drive, Sydney. The main entry into the ICC is adjacent to the south side of the Darling Harbour Shopping Complex.

All plenary sessions, including the AGM, Convocation and Member Forum will be held in the Darling Harbour Theatre, which is located on level 2 of the ICC. ALMS and concurrent sessions will be held on levels 4 and 3.

RACGP staff and student volunteers will be on hand to provide directions both within the convention centre and also in the wider Darling Harbour Precinct.

For further information about the ICC you can visit their website.

  • Is there parking?
Is there parking?

ICC Sydney operates two 24-hour car-parking stations with 826 spaces available. This includes 11 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking bays, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge stations.

The best car park for GP17 is the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Car Park (car park 1). Entry is via Darling Drive. You can find further information on car parking rates via the ICC Sydney parking website.

  • How do I get there by public transport?
How do I get there by public transport?

There are several public transport options including the Sydney Light Rail, Bus, Train, Water Taxi and Taxi. For full details on each of the options, please visit the ICC Sydney website.

  • I’m hearing impaired, how will I be looked after?
I’m hearing impaired, how will I be looked after?

The ICC’s audio system is connected to their infra-red hearing aid system. If you are hearing impaired, please collect a headset receiver from the ICC Customer Service desk, which is located on the ground floor of the convention centre, right near the GP17 ground floor registration desk. This can be tuned into the hearing aid system.


AGM and Convocation

  • When will the AGM and Convocation be held?
  • How do I attend the AGM if I’m not registered for the conference?
When will the AGM and Convocation be held?

The RACGP AGM and Convocation will be held on Friday 27 October from 4:00pm in the Darling Harbour Theatre (main plenary theatre for GP17) at the ICC Sydney. This is located on level 2 of the ICC convention centre.

How do I attend the AGM if I’m not registered for the conference?

If an RACGP member would like to attend the AGM they can come to the Darling Harbour Theatre on level 2 of the International Convention Centre, Sydney where they will be registered for the AGM & Convocation only. The RACGP team will have a full list of members and their voting eligibility at this registration desk.


Services

  • Are there crèche facilities available?
  • Can I book accommodation through the RACGP?
Are there crèche facilities available?

The RACGP is pleased to announce the availability of an onsite crèche for exclusive use by GP17 delegates. For full details including hours of operation, services provided, costs and to book, please visit the GP17 website.

Bookings for creche services closed on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Can I book accommodation through the RACGP?

The RACGP has negotiated discounted rates with various hotels near the ICC Sydney. You can book accommodation with these hotels as part of the registration process. If you’re already registered and now require accommodation, you can amend your registration and add accommodation.

Please visit the accommodation information page on the GP17 website for full details of the hotels on offer and their accommodation rates.

If you’d like to find out how to amend your registration to add accommodation, please either contact the RACGP events team or why not watch our tutorial which explains how to modify your registration.


GP17 app

  • How do I download the app?
  • How can I individualise my program?
How do I download the app?

You can download the FREE GP17 app either via the App store or Google Play.

How can I individualise my program?

Once you have downloaded the GP17 app, you will be able to manage the sessions which you wish to attend. From the app home screen, select the Schedule icon.

This will open a list of all of the sessions being held throughout GP17. You can filter this by day. Once you have found the session that you would like to attend, you can click on the title to open more information. Once this has loaded, you can select ADD. This will add the session to your ‘My Schedule’. Alternatively, you can press the + button next to the title on the session list.

To see which sessions you have selected, select ‘My Schedule’ and filter to the desired day. You can also remove the session by unticking the session title.

Please note that although you can add sessions in the app, you will not be guaranteed entry. Some sessions, including CPR and ALMs, require pre-registration.


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Program

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ALMs

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Speakers

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