More than 570 delegates from across Australia are coming together this week at the annual General Practice Teaching and Education Conference, being held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The Australian GP teaching and education community is significant, with more than 5500 GP supervisors, 3,500 general practices and 400 medical educators, supporting more than 5100 GP registrars to train to specialise as GPs.
This year’s conference host is GP Synergy – the largest of nine regional training organisations in the country, delivering approximately one third of the Australian General Practice Training program training places in NSW and ACT.
GP Synergy’s CEO John Oldfield says the General Practice Teaching and Education Conference provides an opportunity for regional training organisations to review and benchmark their training delivery, ensuring GP registrars receive the highest standard of training to become skilled and confident GPs.
“Conferences like General Practice Teaching and Education Conference are an investment into sharing and learning, to narrow the gap between average practice and best practice, and to avoid the dangers of stagnation,” he said.
“This contributes to the ultimate aim of strengthening primary care through general practice training and education and in ways that improve community health and welfare over the long-run.”
Approximately 125 general practice education and training professionals are presenting over the two days of the conference, with 40 of those representing GP Synergy.
A highlight of those presentations, says Mr Oldfield, are the sessions presenting findings from the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) research project.
“ReCEnT is a flagship GP education and training project.
“It is the first of its kind to document Australian GP registrars’ educational and clinical experience over time, its key findings influence our education and training program.”
“Sharing information in this forum provides the perfect opportunity to ensure the GP training narrative is one we can all share,” Mr Oldfield said.