New program from the UK: Completed by over 10,000 medical professionals each year and custom-built for Australia.


The GP Update is a one-day program run by GPs for GPs, focusing on several clinical areas and the latest guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of common conditions and disease states presented in general practice. The program collates the latest issues, literature, research and guidelines, interprets these for real life general practice and helps you keep up to date with all current topics pertinent to primary care. 

Entry Requirements

The program is targeted to medical professionals working in general practice who don't have the time to read all medical journals and attend various general practice education events but would like to keep up with current issues and implement new ideas into their practice, and continue to provide safe and effective patient care through training. Participants include general practitioners, general practice supervisors, general practice medical educators, overseas trained doctors, general practice registrars, medical students on placement in general practice, and general practice nurses and nurse practitioners.

no pharma sponsorship

No_pharma_Sponsorship_GP_Update.pngThe GP Update program is the only one of its type to be completely free from pharmaceutical company sponsorship. Participants can be reassured that there will be no biasing of the information presented and no pharmacy representatives will be present on the day. 

PROGRAM contents and learning outcomes

Participants will be presented with the most recent information on the diagnosis and treatment in general practice and receive access to the most contemporary, evidence-based literature and research in general practice. Topics covered in the program include:

Face-to-face program

Women’s health

  • New cervical cancer screening
  • Pregnancy and Zika virus
  • Thyroid in pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis



An afternoon clinic
  • Phimosis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Subclinical hypothyroidism
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Postcoital bleeding
  • Warts
  • Vertigo
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lung cancer screening


Men’s and gastrointestinal health

  • PSA testing 
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Understanding LFTs
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Fatty liver


  • Hypertension and the SPRINT trial
  • Review of heart failure
  • Stroke/TIA
  • Angina
  • Harms of statins

Online program

  • Cardiovascular disease – including hypertension, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes management
  • Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Common dermatological conditions
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • ENT
  • Intimate partner violence



8:00am - 9:00am Registration  
9:00am - 10:30am Session 1  Welcome and Introduction
Women’s Health
10:30am - 11:00am   Morning Tea 
11:00am - 12:30pm Session 2 Men’s and Gastrointestinal Health
12:30pm - 1:30pm   Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Session 3  Part A - Cardiovascular Disease
Part B - Multimorbidity
3:00pm - 3:30pm   Afternoon Tea
3:30pm - 5:00pm Session 4  Afternoon Clinic
A range of topics including the new guidelines for cervical cancer screening, prostate cancer screening and osteoporosis.




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Participants will receive a 250 page GP Update Handbook covering the results of the most important research over the last 5 years – an extremely useful reference which details much more than is covered in the course.

The handbook deals with more subjects more extensively than is possible in the one-day course and represents a valuable resource document for current needs, self-study and future reference.

Being mindful of time-poor GPs, the book is structured in such a way that you can easily see the important points without having to read the whole text. For instance, you can just read the 'Take home messages' for each topic.


Feedback on the Handbook includes:

“Full of tips I can start putting into practice immediately.”

“I am very impressed - superb evidence based information!”

“A real 'bible'. A great resource to keep on desk to review.”

“A very good summary - quick to read. Stuff that is directly relevant to everyday practice.”

"Excellent, thorough, relevant. Handbook will be a great resource."


The GP Update Program features no theorists, no gurus and no sponsors – just real life GPs who will be back seeing patients as soon as the one-day course has finished. These GPs trawl through all the journals and do all the legwork to bring you up to speed on the latest issues, literature, research and guidelines in general practice.

The presenters team includes:

Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis


Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is a GP at Eastbrooke Family Clinic Essendon. She is a Lecturer and Diabetes Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne where she juggles teaching students and developing curriculum with primary care diabetes research.  Jo-Anne has a PhD and has contributed to the RACGP guidelines for the management of type 2 diabetes in general practice. She was the team lead for the updating of the GP Update Handbook in both 2016 and 2017.

Clare Maher


Clare Maher has worked as a General Practitioner for over 25 years. In that time she has been involved in both undergraduate teaching at the University of Queensland and in postgraduate education. She was an inaugural member of one of Australia's longest running EBM Journal Clubs. She currently works at Inala Indigenous Health Service and as a GP Fellow in Diabetes Care. Her special interests involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, EBM and chronic disease care.

Susan Beattie


Susan Beattie is a GP in Sydney, NSW. She has been working in general practice in various contexts since 2002, including Australian city and rural family practice, GP hospital work, international charity work and private general practice in London. She first became aware of GP Update when living in London. She found the courses such a wonderful resource and is excited to now be a part of the team delivering the course in Australia. Susan is married with 2 young children and enjoys travelling, cooking and the Australian summer!

Cassandra Henderson


Cassandra Henderson is a GP working in Gold Coast, Qld. A John Flynn Scholar and member of the University of Queensland’s first GMC cohort, Cassandra went on to complete her MRCGP in London. While partner of a central London practice she attended GP Update courses for over 10 years. Cassandra has been an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Hong Kong University and since returning to Australia teaches medical students from Bond University. Her interests include women’s and children’s health, EBM and medical education.




15 July 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney


22 July 2017

Hilton Adelaide


12 August 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


19 August 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


26 August 2017

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Online Course

Online delivery - Video lectures & workbook




Full payment on the day of registration



Register 30 days in advance and save $50.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $100 for the face-to-face course.





Full payment on the day of registration

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $50 for the online course.

Certification and Accreditation


Course delivery and assessment

The program is delivered both face-to-face (2017 content and 2017 handbook edition) and online (2016 content and 2017 handbook edition). The face-to-face program follows a lecture-style approach with plenty of interaction from the audience, humour and visual cues to help get the messages across and keep you listening (and learning!) throughout the day. The online program is delivered in 4 video lectures which you can replay anytime. Upon registration, you will gain access to all learning contents immediately and receive a printed version of the newest GP Update Handbook (2017 edition to be released in May).

LIMITED OFFER: Participants enrolling in the GP Update online version will receive the 2016 AND 2017 editions of the handbook. Only available while stock lasts.

Certification and accreditation

Upon successful completion of the course, course participants will receive a certificate of attendance and 12 RACGP Category 2 CPD points.

RACGP: 12 Category 2 QI&CPD points
40 Category 1 points*

ACRRM: 6 PRPD points or 30 PRPD points*

*If optional clinical audit completed.

If you chose the online version, please contact us at once you have completed the online program so that we can send you an electronic certificate of completion and upload the relevant CPD points on your behalf.

Participants have also the option to receive 40 RACGP Category 1 points by completing a clinical audit in Atrial Fibrillation activity (Optional).

Atrial fibrillation is a common condition encountered in general practice. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation in people aged over 55 years is 5.4%, increasing to over 18% in those aged over 85 (MJA 2015; 202 (1):32). Management of atrial fibrillation involves four key steps: 1) Determining whether there is an underlying cause of atrial fibrillation that can be treated 2) Determining whether the patient would benefit from rate control, rhythm control or both 3) Stroke prevention and 4) Patient education. The focus of this active learning module is on Stroke prevention.

A clinical audit is a planned medical education activity designed to help GPs systematically review aspects of their own clinical performance against defined best practice guidelines. A clinical audit has two main components:

• an evaluation of the care that an individual GP provides,
• a quality improvement process.

Attendees of the GP Update course have access to a Clinic Audit template which provides all the information and documentation required to complete a clinical audit on Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation.

This is to be completed in your own time after the completion of the GP Update course and is to be submitted via the HealthCert online eLearning system.


How can we help you?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions, require more information or would like to discuss your learning requirements. We look forward to assisting you.

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