Thirty eight doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on the nation’s capital this week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.
Over two days a variety of topics were covered which, according to GP Synergy Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee, reflects the broad knowledge and skill set GPs require.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a GP is that every day is different and you never know what will come through your door next.
“However this can also be a challenging part of general practice, and these workshops are designed to help GPs in training acquire skills to manage a wide range of presentations and conditions.”
The workshop is just one in a series of educational activities the doctors will participate in during their three to four year GP training program. Although several topics were covered at the workshop, a significant portion of the program was dedicated to the diagnosis and management of mental health.
“Mental health is a common and complex condition seen by many GPs,” says Dr Lee.
“Teaching doctors how to identify and care for their patients with depression and develop effective management strategies can have a profound impact on a patient’s life, and the lives of others.”
One of the doctors in attendance at the workshop was local doctor, Jessica Nathan (pictured).
Jessica completed her medical training in the Hunter New England area, before making the move to Canberra in 2014 to be closer to family.
“I chose to become a GP because I relish the privilege of being a positive part of my patient’s and their family’s lives,” she says.
“It is the most challenging and diverse area of medicine I have worked in, but also the most satisfying.”
There are currently 59 doctors training with GP Synergy to specialise as GPs in local general practices and hospitals across the ACT.