Education | Networking | Recognition

Compass Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

13 – 15 October, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Esplanade Darwin

The Compass Teaching and Learning Conference is a professional development and networking event for Northern Territory (NT) primary health care professionals. This conference is presented in partnership by Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) and Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE).

The theme Holistic care across the lifespan will explore the interplay of primary health care, patient participation and community through relevant clinical updates, practical workshops, current health reform updates and inspirational keynote speakers.

Over the weekend, delegates will be able to attend concurrent sessions and engage in crucial topics, which include:

GP Supervisor Professional Development Workshop (GP supervisors only) - Friday 13 October

Interactive face-to-face workshop designed for GP supervisors with a focus on two topics: feedback and clinical reasoning. These two topics combined will create a practical forum for GP supervisors to employ the ideas and apply the skills of feedback, within the context of teaching clinical reasoning to GP registrars. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the processes, purposes and principles of feedback
  • Develop skills of conducting a feedback session
  • Build understanding of clinical reasoning and skill development in practice teaching
  • Devise a prescribing audit to recognise deficiencies in clinical reasoning with a focus on enhancing patient safety

GP supervisors are eligible to claim for 40 RACGP CPD / 30 ACRRM PDP Points with the completion of the predisposing and reinforcing activities.

Compass Education Day for all health professionals and practice staff - Saturday 14 October

The Compass Education Day is designed for people working across all areas of primary health and includes the following topics:

  • The role of pharmacists in multidisciplinary health care teams
  • Palliative Care - telehealth innovation and solutions
  • Benefits of community participation in sport – the challenges to raising healthy kids in the NT and multidisciplinary teams caring for children
  • Professional Performance Meetings – turning an appraisal into a meaningful effective tool
  • Regulatory changes to codeine prescribing
  • Challenges in delivering palliative care in remote indigenous communities
  • Community-based harm minimisation program
  • Participation in sport as a treatment option, referral pathways for clinicians
  • Overview of prison health in the NT and the effects of incarceration in health
  • A whole community approach to tackling high rates of incarceration – the role of the health service
  • What will Health Care Homes mean for practices, practitioners and communities?
  • Communication in a cross-cultural setting
  • Maximising multidisciplinary team participation in caring for children
  • Data and reporting – what needs to be done to improve quality care in primary health care
  • Interprofessional collaboration: Make it Work!
  • Practice Support – Conflict resolution and professional feedback, sustainability and efficiencies, risk management in general practice, managing the waiting room and a cultural workshop
  • Employment tools to manage your practice – being fair work compliant, how contracts create transparency and other tips and tricks.

Health Providers Alliance Northern Territory Inaugural AGM

Health Providers Alliance Northern Territory (HPANT) is the peak voice for medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals in the Northern Territory. Members of Health Providers Alliance Northern Territory, are invited to our inaugural Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’).

Networking Events

  • Compass Networking Dinner and Health Professional of the Year Awards ceremony- Saturday 14 October
  • Compass Networking breakfast for all health professionals- Sunday 15 October

Who should attend

The Compass Teaching and Learning is open to Practitioners of all specialities to share professional knowledge of primary health care in their rural setting including:

  • general practitioners
  • medical practitioners
  • allied health professionals
  • Aboriginal health workers
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • dentists
  • medical administrators
  • medical educators
  • hospital and health services staff
  • practice managers
  • practice staff
  • students

Support for Delegates

Compass is a free event for all delegates.

NT PHN remain committed to ongoing support of health professionals living in remote areas. Delegates attending from remote areas outside the greater Darwin area (ASGC RA4 and RA5), will be eligible an accommodation grant for up to two nights. The application for the accommodation grant is part of the delegate registration process for Compass.

Pharmacists (including intern pharmacists and pharmacists preparing to re-enter the workforce) may be eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs under the 6CPA Rural Support Programmes – Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Allowance to attend this event. Learn more here.

What has changed

In our commitment to deliver a professional and high quality teaching and learning conference, Compass is not in a position to fund the travel and accommodation costs for families and all delegates in 2017.

Award Ceremonies

In 2017, both the Administrator Medals in Primary Health Care and NT Health Professional of the Year Awards will coincide with the Compass Teaching and Learning Conference.

The Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care recognise and reward outstanding health professionals who have made significant contributions to the provision of primary health care in the NT. The Medals will be presented to both an individual and team at an invitation-only reception at Government House.

The NT Health Professional of the Year Awards recognise health professionals working in the NT who have made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in their community. The awards will be presented at the Compass Health Professional of the Year Awards and Networking Dinner on Saturday, 14 October 2017.

Registration Closing Date

Registrations to attend, exhibit and to receive accommodation support for the Compass Teaching and Learning Conference will close on Friday, 6th October, 5pm. 

Contact Us

For more information about Compass education day and networking events contact:

Jessica Bool, NTPHN (08) 89821026

For more information about the GP supervisor professional development workshop contact:

Sinead Commins, NTGPE (08) 89467015