Event information

Event date 30 Aug 2019 to 31 Aug 2019
Royal International Convention Centre
Who should attend

General Practitioners
Allied Health Professionals
Practice Managers
Practice Office Staff


Early-bird member (Ended 5 July 2019):
One day - $295 | Both days - $570

Member standard:
One day - $365 | Both days - $685

One day - $456 | Both days - $885

Registration prices inc GST

Practice staff in the employ of AMA members receive discounted member rates.

Group Bookings: 
A 10 per cent discount applies for group bookings of four or more registrations. Contact the Events Team on (07) 3872 2222 to apply.


To express your interest, please email registrations@amaq.com.au.


Email: registrations@amaq.com.au
Phone: (07) 3872 2222

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Private Practice & Medico-Legal Conference

Fri 30 - Sat 31 August 2019

Review and further develop your knowledge on best-practice policies and procedures at the 2019 Private Practice & Medico-Legal Conference on Friday 30 - Saturday 31 August.

We are moving venues to the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills, close to Fortitude Valley and the CBD offering affordable accommodation rates for those travelling from regional locations along with low-cost parking options.

The two-day program offers:

  • MBS updates by leading departmental speakers;
  • Case study-driven agendas focussed on current issues; and
  • Streams for specialists, general practitioners and practice managers.

Whether you are starting out or already working in a practice, this two-day program will help you to reach and exceed your targets for patient care, growth, compliance and risk management.

Members save 30% off non-member rates. Practice support staff in the employ of AMA members are eligible for discounted members rates.

Gain 25 (twenty-five) AAPM CPD points.
AMA Queensland’s Private Practice and Medico-Legal Conference has been allocated 2.5 (two point five) AAPM CPD Points per 1 (one) hour of education by The Australian Association of Practice Management Ltd (AAPM).

GPs are encouraged to self-record their CPD points via the RACGP website.

Events Terms and Conditions can be found here.

A/Prof Michael Greco
Chief Executive, Patient Opinion Australia

Adjunct Prof Steve Hambleton
General Practitioner; Deputy Chairman My Health Record Expansion Program Steering Committee; and Co-Sponsor Clinical Programs, Australian Digital Health Agency

Prof Julie Quinlivan
Director, Professional Services Review Agency

Luke Toy
Policy Manager, Australian Medical Association

Megan Walker
Health Marketing Specialist and Director, Market Savvy

Friday 30 August
9am - 10.30am

Delivering excellence in patient care - how to exceed patient expectations and keep your patients coming back

Medicine is becoming increasingly competitive and there is an emerging requirement for value-based care, not just activity-based. We are seeing this more and more with the care of those with chronic conditions. This session will explore perspectives on excellence in patient care, how you can demonstrate evidence for value-based care, how you can ensure your patients keep coming back to you, and how your patients can be the best word-of-mouth ambassadors for your private practice. Join our expert panellists from Brisbane and rural/regional Queensland for practical take-aways on how you can improve patient service at your organisation.

Dr Fiona Raciti, General Practitioner and Founder, Family Doctors Plus, Telstra Small Business Award winner;
Dr Troye Wallett, Founder, GenWise;
Dr Ian Williams, General Practitioner, Camp Hill Health Care;
Dr Sarah Coll, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Cairns; and Board Member, AMA Queensland

Associate Professor Michael Greco, Chief Executive, Patient Opinion Australia; Director, CFEP Pty Ltd, Associate Professor for School of Medicine, Griffith University; Hon. Senior Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Exeter, UK; and Board Director, Health Leaders Australia

Friday 30 August
3.30pm - 4.45pm

Medicare essentials for practice managers

With many recent changes to the MBS and escalating compliance activities relating to improper billing, this session is designed for practice managers who are concerned about being up-to-date with billing and billing compliance. This session will step through the essential MBS updates and changes that can impact your practice, as well as giving practice managers some tips on how to keep their practice compliant.

Loryn Einstein, Managing Director, Medical Billing Experts

Michelle Cowan, Senior Industrial Officer, AMA Queensland

Friday 30 August
3.55pm - 4.45pm

Understanding the latest PIP changes including the quality PIP

Learn the latest updates on the Practice Incentives Program. In particular, this session will focus an outline of the quality Practice Incentives Program.

Martin Rocks, Assistant Secretary, Primary Health Networks Branch, Department of Health

Dr Michael Clements, General Practitioner, Fairfield Medical Practice; Representative, AMA Queensland Council of General Practice and AMA Queensland Councillor - Far North

Friday 30 August
3.55pm - 4.45pm

Common specialist complaints and how to avoid them

Join MDA National for a de-identified case study review of common complaints about specialists that go before AHPRA, and strategies you can put in place to mitigate risk for specialist procedures and improve the patient experience.

Julie Brooke-Cowden, Professional Services Manager, MDA National

Dr Sarah Coll, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Cairns and Board Member, AMA Queensland

Saturday 31 August
11.45am - 12.30pm

Mandatory reporting - what does it really mean for treating practitioners?

Mandatory reporting laws are complex, as are the situations of the doctors that appear before you as patients and your professional responsibility as a treating doctor. Join Katharine and Rachele to make sense of the laws and understand your role and responsibility in relation to mandatory reporting.

Katharine Philp, Partner, HWL Ebsworth; and
Julie Brooke-Cowden, Professional Services Manager, MDA National

Michelle Cowan, Senior Industrial Officer, AMA Queensland

Saturday 31 August
1.30pm - 3pm

QUT presents end of life law for clinicians workshop

End of life law can be complex. The law is different in each Australian State and Territory, and differs depending on whether or not a person has capacity. Research has revealed significant knowledge gaps about end of life law amongst Australian clinicians and also that they would like to know more about it. The End of Life Law for Clinicians training program aims to improve clinicians’ knowledge of end of life law in clinical practice. In this workshop, clinicians will explore how the law applies to two case studies based on real clinical scenarios. Legal topics that will be explored include:

  • capacity and consent to treatment;
  • Advance Care Directives;
  • withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment;
  • substitute decision-making; and
  • palliative medication.

Professor Lindy Willmott, Faculty of Law, QUT; and
Dr Shih-Ning Then, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT

Katharine Philp, Partner, HWL Ebsworth

Saturday 31 August
3.15pm - 4.15pm                                                                

The AMA MBS round up - making sense of the recent reforms process, common issues and billing ethically

  • Recap on the recent MBS review and reform;
  • Changes to item numbers to flag;
  • What matters typically go before the Professional Services Review (PSR) especially items that are frequently misused; and
  • Strategies for billing ethically

Adjunct Professor Steve Hambleton, General Practitioner; Deputy Chairman My Health Record Expansion Program Steering Committee; and Co-sponsor Clinical Programs, Australian Digital Health Agency; 
Professor Julie Quinlivan, Director, Professional Services Review Agency
Dr Shaun Rudd, General Practitioner, Peregian Springs Medical Centre; Member Professional Services Review Panel; and Chair, AMA Queensland Board; and

Luke Toy, Director – Policy, Australian Medical Association

VENUE- Royal International Covention Centre (RICC)

The AMA Queensland Private Practice & Medico-Legal Conference is at the centrally-located Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), at Bowen Hills also known as the Brisbane Showgrounds.

RICC is conveniently accessible for those travelling from all Brisbane locations by car. There are two main car parking facilities within the Brisbane Showgrounds, the closest car park to the convention centre is the RICC Car Park located off Gregory Terrace. Parking rates start from $13 for all-day parking. To review the parking facilities and rates, please visit www.brisbaneshowgrounds.com.au/information/parking.

ACCOMMODATION - Rydges Fortitude Valley

The nearest accommodation is Rydges Fortitude Valley. AMA Queensland has negotiated a 10 per cent discount off the best flexible rate of the day. Delegates can book accommodation online and quote BRISBANEHG at https://www.rydges.com/private-page/brisbane-showground-attendees-accommodation-fortitude-valley/

Alternatively, you can contact the hotel direct on (07) 3188 3000. 

Please note rooms are not being held for delegates and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking. The discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

A 24-hour cancellation policy applied to all reservations. Any bookings cancelled after 2pm the day prior will incur a charge equivalent to one night’s accommodation.

Group Name: Private Practice & Medico-Legal Conference
Check-in: 29-Aug-2019
Check-out: 31-Aug-2019
Hotel Address: 601 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

For other accommodation options in Fortitude Valley and Brisbane CBD, visit wotif.com.au.