What attracted you to undertake an academic training post?
I have always been tempted to get involved in research and never quite knew how. When I heard about the academic registrar position I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to get experience in research alongside my GP training and see if it was something that I might enjoy as a future career.
What is your research project?
Australia has one of the highest rates of both unplanned pregnancy, and terminations in the developing world. To me, this seems at odds with the number of contraceptive options that are available to women. GPs can play major role in supporting women about reproductive choices.
For my research I have joined the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) research project, an on-going multi-site cohort study of GP registrar’s clinical encounters. I am interested in the prescribing behaviour of contraceptive options by GP registrars. I will also be doing my own stand-alone research questionnaire which will further explore this issue.
What was your motivation for the project?
I’ve always been drawn to projects in the field of reproductive health. It’s an important area because we know from the evidence that unplanned pregnancies can have significant effects on women’s medical, psychological, social and economic outcomes.
My research aims to provide evidence which will inform education and training policy to support and facilitate improved contraception prescribing options by GP registrars.
What are the benefits of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
Personally, I hope to improve my research skills and become part of a research community, and have the opportunity to present my research across the country at academic conferences. I’ve also had the opportunity to start a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology at The University of Newcastle with the use of the profession development funds awarded to me as part of this post.