WAGPON, together with Rural Health West, Students and Practitioners Interested in Rural Practice Health Education, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Limited and The Rural Clinical School WA have been providing interactive GP Obstetrics skills and information workshops to medical students and junior doctors since 2012. The workshops are held twice per year, once in the South West and once in Perth.
The workshops 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 with hands-on skills stations including a normal vaginal birth, instrumental delivery, shoulder dystocia, post-partum haemorrhage, neonatal resuscitation and examination, breech delivery, ultrasound examination of pregnant women and pelvic examination.
Feedback from workshop attendees is extremely positive as highlighted in the following comments.
“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!”