Intimate Examinations: Respect & Responsibility Live webinar

How do you optimally manage consultations to reduce confusions about physical examinations?

Join Dr Frances Poliniak and Dr Jane Deacon at a live webinar exploring how to appropriately use communication (verbal and body language) to strengthen the doctor–patient relationship and reduce the risk of adverse patient experiences during assessments.

This practical, complimentary online session is for MDA National Members.

Wednesday 8 May 2019
6.00pm–6.45pm AEST/4.00–4.45pm AWST

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A participation certificate and further useful resources will be sent to attendees after the webinar.

Do you have an example of a misunderstanding relating to an intimate examination you’d like the presenters to discuss at the session? Submit your de-identified scenario here in advance. Please change minor details in your example and ensure other people involved can’t be identified.

By the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • discuss how appropriate verbal communication can reduce misunderstandings between doctors and patients 
  • identify what explicitly needs to be communicated with a patient before commencing an intimate examination
  • list at least four workplace policies, which should be documented and communicated, that minimise risks of boundary misunderstandings and transgressions.

Meet your presenters

Dr Frances Poliniak

Dr Frances Poliniak

Frances is an experienced General Practitioner who works in executive health. She is also a medical educator for Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, and a clinical teacher for the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. Frances holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), a Diploma from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a Masters in General Practice Psychiatry, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Frances is passionate about lifelong medical education for all practitioners. 

Dr Jane Deacon

Dr Jane Deacon – moderator

Jane is the Manager of MDA National's Medico-legal & Advisory Services and has been a Medico-legal Adviser with MDA National since September 2006. She provides advice to Members and helps Claims Managers handle claims and complaints. Jane holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and works part-time as a General Practitioner.