Dr. Richard Gallagher, Sydney’s leading Head and Neck Surgeon from St. Vincent’s Hospital – Sydney, will be presenting his course, “HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer: Connecting the Dots” LIVE at GPCE in Sydney this May.

GPCE is the General Practice Conference & Exhibition. 900 General Practitioners from across New South Wales, Australia, will attend the conference. The conference features “over 150 education sessions and practical workshops, all led by esteemed local speakers, providing practical and implementable education to bring straight back to the practice.”

Among these educational sessions and practical workshop will be Dr. Gallagher’s course, “HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer: Connecting the Dots” on the early detection of head and neck cancer.

The course discusses he prevalence of oropharyngeal cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is on the rise in Australia. The course will provide updates on HPV-related oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers, as well as examples of use-cases. The majority of the session will be dedicated to a step-by-step, hands-on guide to examining people for oropharyngeal cancer in general practice.


Learn how to take a systematic approach to diagnosis, investigation, referral and ongoing management of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers.


  • Explain how the epidemiology of head and neck cancer is changing.
  • Recognise the traditional symptoms of oral cancer.
  • Explain why HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers represent a distinct disease entity.
  • Describe how to perform a thorough examination of the oral cavity and oropharynx, and the neck.
  • Plan what investigations should be initiated when a person presents with a persistent/suspicious neck lump and recognise when to refer to an otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon.

If you are attending GPCE Sydney, you can register for Dr. Gallagher’s free course on the GPCE website here.

About the Presenter

Dr. Richard Gallagher is a head and neck surgeon at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Public Hospital, and at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre since 1998. He finished surgical training in 1995 and following that did further training in head and neck cancer surgery. Currently his practice mainly looks after patients head and neck cancer and patients with complex airway problems and cancers due to HPV (human papillomavirus). He is also the Director of Cancer Services and I’m also the Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Service at St Vincent’s.

In 2011 he did further training at University of Pennsylvania in transoral robotic surgery, which is surgery used mainly for patients who have cancers at the back of the throat and oropharynx. It is particularly useful for patients who have cancers due to HPV. That’s a large number of patients at the present time.






Dr. Gallagher will be presenting the live workshop at GPCE Sydney and GPCE Melbourne later in 2021, as well. Learn more and sign up on the GPCE website.

Unable to attend GPCE?

No problem, you can enroll for the course for free at ThinkGP. Enroll here. This course offers accreditation for RACGP: 2pts | ACRRM: 1hr sent straight to your college.

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