General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event
A General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event was held in Northam on Wednesday 26th June 2019. The event had talks regarding a variety of subjects including presentations from Amity Health, Cancer Council, Wheatbelt Midwifery Group, WACHS Chronic Conditions and Regional Men’s Health.
This event is the start of similar events to be held bi-annually in the Wheatbelt to facilitate training, sharing of information and networking to support General Practice staff.
Because the Wheatbelt’s population is dispersed across 158,000 km2 with no one major centre, it can be very difficult to have the opportunity to regularly network and receive face to face regional specific education and updates. Staff can sometimes feel isolated because of these geographic challenges and being able to access support can be difficult.
All those that attended the event were very pleased with the presentations and provided some fantastic ideas and topics for future events in the Wheatbelt.
Three participants who had also been involved in organising the content for the event shared a summary of their primary health professional journey which was well received by all attendees and proved to be very relatable.
Some of the potential topics and ideas for presentations and training that practice staff would find advantageous included:
· Heart Foundation updates
· Medico Legal
· Rural Health West – recruiting GP’s, and levels of supervision
· Joint Immunisation updates with WA Country Health Service
· NDIS facts
· Aboriginal Health updates
· Diabetes updates
· Receptionist training – Triage
· Accreditation – changes between 4th and 5th standards.
As practice staff roles in rural settings are vast and varied, future bi-annual training events, with the added benefit of networking, are planned to assist practice staff gain more confidence in their roles by sourcing information and presenters to increase their knowledge and supporting them in their profession. Our next function is due to be held at the end of November 2019.