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GPTQ Annual Conference 2017

GPTQ Annual Conference 25-26 November 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane

Conference Theme

Explore with colleagues how we can extend our scope clinically, in education activities, in our communities as well as in personal development. Workshops and papers from all types of presenters are sought across any aspect of this theme. Help us all to stretch our skills and knowledge and to extend our scope.

Keynote Speakers

Tim Leeuwenburg

Tim Leeuwenburg is a rural doctor on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. A passionate supporter of ‘FOAMed’ (free open access medical education) he blogs at KIDocs.org and RuralDoctors.net as well as via Twitter as @KangarooBeach. He’s also one of the Admin team for the closed Facebook group “GPs Down Under” of 3500 Aus/NZ GPs and believes in use of Social Media to accelerate learning and deliver ‘quality care, out there’.

Tim is a Director for EMST and ETM courses and invited Faculty for the ‘critically ill airway’ course in Australia and the international smaccAIRWAY team. As such he’s an enthusiastic educator to ensure that rural clinicians are appropriately skilled, even though critical illness knows no geography!

Read more about Tim


Bruce Willett

Dr Bruce Willett grew up in the Redlands and after sojourning far and wide found himself right back where he started. He’s been there ever since, living and practising as a GP for the past 25 years. Bruce is also one of GPTQ’s highly valued GP supervisors and enjoys consulting and conspiring with registrars, hoping they benefit from the process as much as he does. To keep him on his toes, he is also GPTQ’s Supervisor Liaison Officer, playing the dual role of support and advocacy on behalf of GP supervisors.

Politically uninterested and naive, Bruce was once the national chair of General Practice Supervisors Australia. While he found it to be a steep learning curve, he was heartened to find that being “just a GP” was a perfect skill base from which to learn about advocacy and leadership. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Queensland faculty of the RACGP.

Bruce remains passionate about general practice, in particular, his day-to-day interactions that have quickly turn into years and even, decades and decades. His hobbies include chocolate, neglectful gardening and extremmely poor spelling.

Read more about Bruce

Key Dates

2 June 2017 Abstracts open
10 July 2017 Abstracts close
31 July 2017 Abstract outcome advised
Early August 2017 Delegate registration opens
24 November 2017 Practice Manager Day
24 November 2017 Registrar Exit Workshop
24 November 2017 Evening Showcase Event
25 November 2017 GPTQ Annual Conference – Day 1
25 November 2017 GPTQ Gala Conference Dinner
26 November 2017 GPTQ Annual Conference – Day 2
26 November 2017 Evaluation opens
10 December 2017 Evaluation closes

Abstracts now open

We are currently accepting abstracts to present at the annual conference.
Find out more and submit an abstract


The conference is on 25 – 26 November, with preconference workshops on 24 November. The gala dinner is on 25 November. The full program will be available from 1 August 2017, including details on the gala dinner.

Pre-conference events can be attended independently or in conjunction with the conference. These include:

  • Practice Managers’ Day
  • GP Registrar Exit Workshop (for those due to complete their training at the end of 2017/start of 2018 )
  • GPTQ Showcase – Further information available soon!

Venue and Travel

This year, the conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), South Bank, Brisbane which affords convenient travel and parking options.

Find out more about the venue and travel.

Registration and Accommodation


Early bird registrations open in August 2017.


Accommodation and travel package requests open in August along with registrations and close 9am Monday, 25 September 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Available when registrations open early August 2017.


Evaluation is an important part of all GPTQ educational events including preconference events. To receive registrar education hours, supervisor points and College CPD points, evaluation must be submitted by 9am on 10 December 2017.  Late submissions will not be accepted.


Please email conference@gptq.qld.edu.au with any queries.

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