Breathing New Life Conference 2011
Seven lucky GP Ambassadors got the golden ticket to GPRA’s annual Breathing New Life Conference in Parliament House, Canberra in late March.
The conference brought together 200 attendees in total, including medical students, prevocational doctors and registrars and all the leaders of general practice stakeholder groups with the Minister of Health and Ageing, Hon Nicola Roxon and the Shadow Health Minister, Hon Peter Dutton. During the main conference at Parliament House we heard the Government’s and the Opposition’s views on healthcare and in particular, their visions for general practice in the future. The leaders of the stakeholder groups also shared their views. Most importantly, we were able to harness the views of the next generation.
Read the GPRA Media Release on the event.
We also welcomed the opportunity to gather together our seven GP Ambassadors and ran a workshop to discuss everyone’s thoughts on the progress of the Going Places Network.
During this meeting we covered 4 topics:
1. A Year in the Life of the Going Places Network
2. Membership and Marketing Initiatives
3. Going Places Events
4. Going Places Magazine and E-news
Some key findings that surfaced from the meeting was that after-hours Going Places events (both Networking & Educational) have proven to be very popular, with the rationale being that most doctors who attend are very keen on pursuing a career in general practice. The group also felt that it was really important to have a variety of different GPs present at these events, including a New Fellow and a rural GP.
The group brainstormed popular topics to run for educational events. These included: dermatology and paediatrics, simulation session – different code blue sessions, Implanon insertion demonstration night, gynaecology, mental health and eyes. Creating a certificate to hand out to participants after educational events was also a popular idea.
All feedback on the Going Places Magazine was very positive. The group felt that a “Best Catch” feature in the magazine could be interesting, where a doctor could speak about their discovery, similar to the TV show House. It was also agreed upon that in future editions of the magazine we could include a section that shows the chronological outline of a doctors training terms – this could help junior doctors think twice about their training choices.
We will work on implementing these suggestions in the Going Places Network over the next couple of months.
All in all the conference was a great success. We hope to see even more of you attend next year! If you have any other ideas you would like to share with us in regards to the progress of the Going Places Network in your hospital, please contact your Regional Project Coordinator.