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The WA GP Obstetrics Network (WAGPON) was established in 2011 after a meeting of passionate GP obstetricians at the Rural Clinical School WA and Rural Health West Annual Scientific Meeting in Albany. Dr Sarah Moore, procedural GP obstetrician based in Busselton, took on the role of leading the Network and bringing together GP obstetricians, doctors in training, medical students and other interested stakeholders, both virtually via an email group and face-to-face at various conferences and workshops.

The aims of WAGPON are:

  1. To provide a safe and nurturing space for GP obstetricians (GPOs) to support one another. GP obstetrics, particularly in a rural setting, can be challenging and isolating at times, so WAGPON aims to provide GPOs with the resources, both human and educational, that will allow them to thrive.
  2. To maintain strong morale amongst the GP obstetric workforce in Western Australia.
  3. To inform GP obstetricians of upcoming educational events and upskilling opportunities that will support them with their professional development
  4. To provide GPOs with a communication channel to advertise job opportunities at their practices, including locum work.
  5. To provide information and inspiration to medical students and junior doctors about training and career opportunities in GP obstetrics.

WAGPON is free to join and has an open and inclusive membership policy. To register your interest in becoming a part of the Network, please visit our Contacts page and enter your details.

Read more about the WA GP Obstetrics Stakeholders and how they can assist you here.

GP Obstetrics ThinkTank

The GP Obstetrics Think Tank is an annual event that began in 2017 and is hosted by the GP Obstetrics WA Advisory Group (GPOWAAG). The Think Tank is an opportunity for GPOs and stakeholders to come together to discuss issues relevant to GPOs in a relaxed atmosphere. Over the years, a number of important topics have been the focus of our Think Tank conversations, with findings and recommendations from each Think Tank being summarised and shared with WAGPON members.

The next GP Obstetrics Think Tank will be held at the GPO Forum on Saturday 17th June 2023.

Recommendations and findings from the GP Obstetrics Think Tank 2017 are available here.
Recommendations and findings from the second GP Obstetrics Think Tank held on 23 March 2018 are available here.

Maternity Care in General Practice

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recognises that general practitioners (GPs) are an integral part of providing holistic and collaborative care during all phases of the antenatal and postnatal periods. As such, GPs should be integrated into the various models of maternity care.

Please click here to the 2018 RACGP position statement on Maternity care in general practice.