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BFD19 - Business For Doctors is organized by Business For Doctors (BFD) and will be held from May 31 - Jun 02, 2019 at Hilton Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

This event is the single biggest business education event of 2019 uniquely capturing the key concerns of all medical professionals.

RACGP & ACRRM CPD accreditation pending - 40 Cat 1 Points.

BFD19 is an opportunity to network with business entrepreneurs, successful practice owners, visionary practice managers, emerging fellows, retiring business owners and newly graduated interns. A spectacular Gala Dinner with charity auction is included in full delegate tickets. We have also included welcoming cocktails for our past attendees and sponsors

Over 90 workshops across the weekend, 3 keynote speakers, 40 exhibitors, and 40 presenters over 3 days we offer streams to suit all career stages. 

Our new "Women in Medicine" workshops on Saturday 1st June - "Thriving not just surviving" - offers life and career advice from four successful female surgeons who have survived the training of a male dominated specialty. These workshops are the essentials of good living for our junior doctors and female surgical trainees as well as our Panel Discussion which will be open to all attendees. 

Our sponsors and presenters are hand selected with just 12 exhibitor’s opportunities on each conference day. We seek business sponsors that reflect the values of Business for Doctors. 

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Steven Petterson 

Steven speaks of his good fortune, as a recently injured cyclist and now quadrapalegic, and puts life and everyday woes in persepctive. Dr Peterson graduated from ANU in 2010 and has been working in rural general practice, emergency and drug withdrawal units. His life changed in an instant March 16, 2018 when he was hit by a car travelling at 80 km an hour whilst riding his bicycle to a shift at the emergency department. He suffered numerous injuries, the most severe being C4 complete quadriplegia. He spent the majority of 2018 in hospital, undergoing 12 operations and once stabilised intensive rehab. He has now returned to work and plans to continue as part of the Orange medical community. He is married with two young children, whom he credits with helping him get through the year. He plans to speak about the behind-the-scenes costs and challenges of becoming suddenly very sick and unable to work but with a family still requiring support.

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Mr Keith Abraham - Leader, Author and Motivator

Including Keith as one of speakers was to address the issues of goal setting for health professionals and the steps of goal setting for patients - which will bring care plans to Medicare compliance. 
Establishing true goal alignment enables an individual to live their personal, and professional lives energised, and with direction. Inspiring audiences in 23 countries for more than 20 years, with a client base of over 300 companies, it is no wonder that Keith has won numerous awards including the highest honour for professional speaking, the Nevin Award, and Keynote Speaker of the Year by the Australian National Speakers Association. 


Dr April Armstrong - Founder and Director of Business for Doctors, Medical Practitioner & GP practice owner.

For those of you have met April you will know there is always something new to learn despite reading her hundreds of posts and blogs. April has grown the Business for Doctors group over three into to a thriving community of like-minded medical professionals while simultaneously providing around Australia business workshops and growing the special offers for the Business for Doctors Members. Now providing valuable education on the MBS with her trusty team of 12 Doctors and Practice Managers, BFD has taken her to over 40 locations around Australia and overseas delivering workshops. 

Workshops & Topics:

Final timetable will be made available 14 days before the event start date, with the ability to register a preference for sessions.

Topics at BFD19 include, among others:
• Marketing for medical professionals
• Business structures
• Insurance
• Medical startups
• Business & Personal Tax
• Salary Packaging
• Mentoring & Leading
• SMART Goals for health professionals
• Family trusts & asset protection
• Getting the most from your bank
• Making the most of a mortgage broker
• Setting up a new practice
• Leading and managing
• Managing career transitions in medicine
• Contracts, Employees & Fairwork
• SMSF Workshops
• Web design for medical professionals
• Online presence
• Banking Basics (Accounts, Credit Cards, Personal Loans)
• Cybersecurity
• Maximising your frequent flyer points
• Life insurance
• Income protection
• Mental health & wellbeing for Health Workers
• Winning at negotiation
• Property workshops
• Investing in the stock market
• Finding your niche
• Maximising marketing
• Understanding superannuation
• Gay men's health as a business model
• Coaching & Leadership
• Blogging in Business
• Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for health professionals
• Dealing with workplace conflict
• Business structures & Family trusts
• Understanding PSI and PSB
• Salary packaging for Hospital employees
• Working as a locum
• Communication skills
• Understanding your borrowing capacity
• Technology to assist efficiency of medical professionals
• Kids in the medical families - How to support the children of Doctors
• Running a Medical Specialty Practice 
"Thriving not just surviving" Women in male dominated medical specialties with Dr Lily Vrtik, Dr Imogen Patterson, Dr Emma Secomb, (4th speaker TBA)
• Panel - Q&A 
• Dealing with management, rosters, and on call
• Career focusing and life balanace
• "I AM the doctor, not the catering lady" Dealing with patients preconceptions of speciality practitioners
• MBS workshops
• Medicare Audits 
• Ten rules of Pack and Stack
• MBS for GP obstetricians
• Goal setting for Care Plans to meet MBS requirments
• Health Assessments, GPMP & TCAs 
• Mental health and Medicare
• Skin Cancer and the MBS
• Pathology, Imaging and the MBS

Gala Dinner - Saturday 1st June from 6:30pm

Charity Auction - Beneficiary:
RFDS and Catherine Hamlin Fistula Hospital
(Additional Ticket Required)

Join us for an exclusive black-tie event on Saturday, an evening filled with speakers, entertainment, music and a charity auction in aid of a BFD member selected charity. Our evening starts at 6:30 pm with a drinks reception and canapes, once the Grand Ballroom doors open, take a seat and enjoy a lavish three-course meal.

Partners are also invited to attend this gala dinner.

Gala dinner tickets are available as an add-on.

Advanced Life Support - CPD Points - 40 points

We are also able to provide an accredited ALS training course, bring your training up-to-date whilst at the conference. 

The ALS course will run on Thursday and will require pre-training material to be completed.

ALS is an additional add-on, access can be purchased whilst purchasing conference tickets.

Focused Psychological Stratagies Training with Cate Howell
Dr Cate Howell will be runing a 2 day (Wednesday/Thursday) FPS training session for General Practioners


Keith Abraham
Keith Abraham

Public Health

April Armstrong
April Armstrong

Rural Medicine

Registration Desk

Contact No. : 0280466923

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Venue Address

Hilton Brisbane
190 Elizabeth Street
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Official Hotel

Hilton Brisbane,

190 Elizabeth St,,

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000,

+61 7 3234 2000


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