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Social media and the use of apps in general practice

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine

On-demand recorded 21 Nov 2019

The RACGP recognises that GPs and general practice staff have embraced social media at a rapid rate, and guidance around safe and professional usage within general practice is necessary. Similarly, there are many health apps that have the potential to encourage better health but there are concerns about the accuracy and appropriateness of information in some apps and their privacy and security settings.

This webinar is designed to assist general practices in their adoption and use of social media and apps. In particular, it will provide an overview of social media advantages and disadvantages, associated risks and benefits, key considerations when discussing health apps with patients, appropriate online conduct, security and privacy requirements, legislation regarding advertising and testimonials, and the use of disclaimers.

This event is part of Practice essentials webinar series. Events in this series are:

  • Phone and video consultations: a how-to presentation
  • Using personal mobile devices for clinical photos in general practice
  • My Health Record – an update webinar
  • Social media and the use of apps in general practice
  • Secondary use of general practice data
  • Telehealth video consultations in general practice
  • Privacy and managing health information in general practice
  • Technology in general practice
  • Information security in general practice
  • Improving health record quality in general practice
  • SafeScript - Real time prescription monitoring for controlled drugs
  • Medico-legal concerns and My Health Record
  • Notifiable data breaches scheme
  • High-quality health records to support patient care
  • Introduction to electronic prescribing
  • Phone and video consultations: a how-to presentation
Presenters Dr Tim Senior

Tim Senior works as a GP at an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in South West Sydney, and is involved in teaching medical students and GP registrars, and is active in policy development and advocacy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He is an award winning writer on General Practice and Public Health, and is a contributing editor and member of Croakey Health Media. He is active on social media, and was named as one of the top 10 health users of Twitter in Australia.

Ms Mahala Boughton
Senior Project Officer, Practice Technology & Management
Social media and the use of apps in general practice
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Business of General Practice, Technology to assist efficiency of medical professionals
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation