Epworth GP Needs Assessment Survey 2015 Results

General practitioners (GPs) have assessed Epworth’s GP education activities as relevant and of high standard for a consecutive year as part of Epworth’s annual GP Needs Assessment.

In October 2015, GP Liaison Unit undertook a needs assessment to better understand GPs continuing professional education (CPD) experiences and preferences and communications needs.

Questionnaires were received from 161 GPs with the data being used to identify priority topics for Epworth’s 2016 GP education program, further tailor our communications with GPs, and explore how Epworth can support GPs beyond their education needs.

Of the respondents, there were slightly more females (55%), and a majority were over the age of 50, with most aged between 50-59.

Respondents represented a broad geographical area of Victoria. Most participants worked in a practice in metropolitan Melbourne. However, a few respondents were from regional and rural Victoria and as far as Brisbane and Tamworth.

The needs assessment survey was divided into three sections being CPD education, webinars and communications (website).

Education 

  • In terms of education experiences and preferences, more than 68% of GPs had attended two or more Epworth GP CPD events and found them to be relevant and of high standard
  • GPs considered relevance of topic (66%) as the most important aspect of a CPD event followed by a respected and engaging presenter
  • Time of event and family commitments were cited as key barriers to not attending an Epworth CPD event

Webinars

New to this year’s needs assessment survey was the inclusion of webinars. Epworth’s GP Liaison Unit webinar series educates GPs on their lunch break. The webinars, introduced in 2014 and extended from monthly to fortnightly in early 2015, have proved increasingly popular as GPs embrace online education. The one-hour sessions titled ‘Lunch and Learn’ currently run from 1pm to 2pm.

  • So far this year, more than 200 GPs have joined leading Epworth specialists online during their lunch hour to watch education across a range of topics
  • Of the respondents, 70% were aware of Epworth’s GP webinar series
  • Respondents assessed the webinar program as relevant and of high standard, and expressed a preference for evening sessions. In 2016, we aim to run a number of webinars in the evening

Communications

The final section of the survey focused on our new GP website. GP Liaison Unit launched a new website this year titled GP Update. The site is an interactive and informative resource for GPs in metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and beyond. It provides GPs with access to clinically relevant articles, education resources and an opportunity to discuss clinical issues with their peers and Epworth specialists.

  • Since launching, more than 8,000 people have visited the website and viewed over 18,000 web pages. We have published 36 clinical articles promoting approximately 33 specialists
  • GPs rated the website high in terms of navigation, information and design with more than half finding it extremely relevant to their needs

Education in 2016

Looking towards 2016, the GP Liaison team plan to identify areas that will have an immediate impact and develop an action plan on the key issues that we need to improve on in the medium to longer term.

We are currently working on incorporating some of your suggestions from your feedback into our 2016 accredited GP education program and look forward to sharing these improvements with you next year.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the survey. GPs are always welcome to provide feedback and suggestions on Epworth’s GP education program and communications via gpliaison@epworth.org.au