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  • CMO’s Blog September 2013

    Dr Ged Foley
    Posted by on 27 Sep 2013

    Welcome to another post of my regular CMO’s blog.

    IPN Affiliate Benefits

    I’d like to update you on the range of benefits that you can access as the result of being affiliated with IPN. We have access to discounts for:

    • Leading GP Education Workshops and Conferences
    • Health insurance through HCF
    • Medical indemnity insurance with Avant
    • Life Insurance with NobleOak
    • Joining the Qantas Club.

    In addition, our very active marketing team, under the able leadership of Julie Toma, has negotiated a Prestige Car Corporate Programme with Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Land Rover. The latter ensures preferential rates off purchase prices, as well as free servicing agreements of various durations.

    Chronic Disease Management

    It is worth noting the results of a recent study published in MJA that demonstrated that diabetic patients who had structured GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements had significant reductions in HbA1c, LDL and BMI. It’s heartening to know that there is some evidence that these initiatives actually work. We all know that making a plan and sticking to it produces positive results but having evidence certainly backs up what we do! Here’s hoping we can translate the positive outcomes from diabetic care to other chronic disease management programmes.

    RACGP/IPN Research Grant

    On the subject of chronic disease, it’s my pleasure to announce that the worthy winner of the 2013 RACGP/IPN Research Grant is Dr Elizabeth Sturgiss from the Australian National University in Canberra. Her project is entitled “Treating adult obesity in General Practice – developing a weight management strategy for General Practitioners”. The subject is especially important given the alarmingly rapid rise in rates of obesity in the Australian population and the disease burden this will inevitably bring.

    Dr Gerard Foley FRACGP, MRCGP, DRCOG
    Chief Medical Officer (General Practice)
    Independent Practitioner Network