An educational network for general practitioners

General practitioner Dr Catherine Dodgshun recognises the importance of continuing professional development (CPD), having attended many education sessions held by Epworth during the last financial year.

Dr Dodgshun is a GP in Melbourne who has an interest in all aspects of general practice with a particular focus on older people’s health, women’s health and preventive medicine.

Dr Dodgshun attended several Category 1 CPD events coordinated by Epworth in the last financial year including cardiology, oncology, women’s health and men’s health.

“I attend a variety of Category 1 CPD events each year provided by a range of different organisations, preferring those provided by not-for-profit and government organisations as I perceive the information delivered is more likely to be objective and evidence-based.

“Epworth Category 1 CPD events form an important component of the events I participate in. I see these events as part of my overall professional development, which also involves self-directed research based on patients seen, reading journals, on-line learning, clinical audits, speaking with specialists and case-based discussion with colleagues.

“Key benefits from attending Epworth’s Category 1 events include improving knowledge of current thinking and trends in practice, keeping up to date with new developments, learning practical tips that can be implemented in clinical practice, and interacting with colleagues and specialists.”

Dr Dodgshun says Epworth’s GP CPD program provides a vehicle for her to update skills and knowledge, and engage face-to-face with other health professionals.

“It is important for doctors to undertake ongoing education in order to provide high quality, patient-focused care, communicating relevant and up-to-date information. This enables patients to make informed choices to optimise their health and it enhances their experience of the health system.

“Epworth educational events provide an opportunity to interact with GP colleagues as well as meet specialists to whom I currently refer patients or would like to consider referring.

“The program provided by Epworth benefits GPs and I believe also helps to increase Epworth’s role in the community. It is evident that the efforts by the GP liaison team, specialists and support staff of Epworth contribute to a useful and successful program.”