What attracted you to undertake an academic training post?
I was attracted by the opportunity to investigate a topic I have an interest in – cosmetic medicine Cosmetic medicine is an increasingly prevalent area of clinical practice that general practitioners will invariably be asked about by their patients.
What is your research project?
I am researching the information provided on Australian non-surgical cosmetic practice websites, and if that information is provided in an ethical manner that aligns with current medical guidelines.
The investigation will inform commentary on the type of information available for consumers, and hopefully provide some guidance on discussion points that GPs can have with their patients requesting advice on cosmetic procedures.
What was your motivation for the project?
I have an interest in this fairly new, and fast growing, surgical and non-surgical industry, and more troubling the increased rate of procedure-related complications in some of the facilities offering these procedures.
I am interested in reviewing the cosmetic procedures that are commonly advertised, and the nature of the advertisements that are accessible to GPs and consumers.
What are the benefits of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
The benefits of undertaking an academic post in GP training allows for a gentle introduction into research with the scope to extend it further. This post also provides exposure to the culture of research and evidence-based medicine which underpins our clinical practice. It also provides exposure to one of the alternative ways of participating in general practice.