Medical secretaries 28-29 September, Bournemouth The British Society of Medical Secretaries' annual conference is designed to develop medical secretaries' knowledge on issues affecting their personal development in the light of the changing NHS. The winner of the prestigious medical secretary of the year award will be announced.

Details: Gillian Collings, 01206-744 471.

Workplace health 3 October, Birmingham 9 October, Leeds 17 October, Plymouth 24 October, Cambridge 31 October, London The Health Development Agency's workplace health team is holding five workshops to introduce Workplace Health is Good Practice: a framework for action in primary care.

Details: HAD workplace health team,020-7413 1873.

Drug policy in crisis 4 October, West Malling, Kent Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, together with the Kent Criminal Justice Centre, both part of Kent University, are organising a conference on 'UK drug policy in crisis?'.

Details: Judy Lee, 01227-827 672.

From plan to action 4 October, Billingham A Primary Care Diabetes Northern and Yorkshire regional conference is aimed at all members of the primary healthcare team involved with the care of people with diabetes. Choice of breakout sessions include insulin conversion, visual acuity, foot health, diabetes registers and pharmacists' role in diabetes care.

Details: Alison Bone, 01325-488 606.

Children's mental health 5 October, London A YoungMinds conference on 'Children's mental health and primary care trusts' is targeting chief executives and senior managers of PCTs, PCGs, social services and education.

Details: Amanda Bishop, 020-7336 8445.

Risk in gynaecology 8 October, London 'Minimising risk in gynaecology' is a course organised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to give an update on UK gynaecological litigation, to allow discussion between experts and clinicians on exposed daily risk and to explore ways of improving training and skills assessment, encouraging a blame-free culture.

Details: Rachael Collins, 020-7772 6357.

Osteoporosis strategies 9 October, London The annual 'Primary care organisation advisory forum on osteoporosis', organised by the National Osteoporosis Society, is for primary care organisations who are implementing or planning to implement osteoporosis strategies.

Details: Gloria Lewis, 01761-471 771.

Benefits and care 9 October, London A one-day Disability Alliance course on 'Benefits and residential care'will enable participants to tackle local authority assessment and benefit issues arising for people needing to go into residential care.

Details: Disability Alliance, 020-7247 8776.