WAGPON, together with the Rural Clinical School, Rural Health West, SPINRPHEX and RACGP, have been providing interactive GP Obstetrics skills and information workshops to medical students and junior doctors since 2012. The workshops have been held in Perth, the South-West and the Midwest. The purpose of the workshops is to provide students and junior doctors with information about what a GP obstetrician does, the training pathways available and the rewarding nature of the work that GP obstetricians do. The workshops are facilitated by local GP obstetricians and include hands-on skills stations, including a combination of normal vaginal birth, instrumental delivery, shoulder dystocia, post-partum haemorrhage, neonatal resuscitation and examination, breech delivery, ultrasound examination of pregnant women and pelvic examination. The workshops are always very well attended and the feedback from attendees extremely positive. Here are some of the comments received via our evaluation forms.
- “I liked that the workshop described pathways to rural practice and GPO”
- “Great opportunity to talk with current rural GP obstetricians and about their work and the training involved to be a rural GPO.”
- “Rotation of stations allowed a perspective on a broad range of topics”
- “I really enjoyed this day, thank you very much for providing such excellent, accessible sessions for all levels.”
- “Fabulous workshop – thank you.”
- “Great experience – I would love the opportunity to do it again.”
- “Overall – amazing!”