Epworth GP Needs Assessment Survey 2016 Results

Epworth GP Needs Assessment 2016

Thank you to all general practitioners (GPs) who participated in our 2016 GP needs assessment survey.

Surveys were received from 171 GPs with the data being used to identify priority topics for Epworth’s 2017 CPD GP education program, exploring what services would assist GPs in their role and asking GPs what areas of clinical practice would they appreciate more support. We would like to share some extracts from our findings with you.

Respondent profile

Of the 171 respondents, more female GPs completed the survey (97) totalling 56.7% than males (74) totalling 43.3%. With regards to age group, more than 60% of those respondents were over the age of 50, with the majority of those in the 60 and over age group at 35.7% (and 50-59 bracket at 24.6%).

The majority of the respondents were from metropolitan Melbourne. However, we did have a number of GPs respond from regional Victoria such as Wangaratta, Bendigo, Ballarat, Stawell, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Lorne, Torquay, Geelong, Philip Island and Gippsland. We even had an interstate respondent from WA.


For those GPs who have participated in our CPD education program, satisfaction levels were high with the majority of GPs stating that our education program is meeting their need on all measures:

  • relevant to their practice
  • high standard
  • good variety of topics
  • frequent enough
  • well-publicised
  • convenient time
  • good venue

Out of a rating system of 1-5 (1 being poor), we achieved an average rating of 4.3.

Face-to-face education is the most popular with Category 1 ALM and Category 2 face-to-face being selected as the most preferred modalities by respondents.

GPs identified the following as the most important aspects of a GP CPD meeting:

  • relevance of the topic
  • respected presenter
  • good interaction with the presenter

Areas of clinical practice and support services

Feedback from GPs highlighted that the areas of clinical practice where they would appreciate most support are chronic pain and mental health. We will ensure these areas are included in the education program for 2017.

GPs expressed a desire to have better connectivity and exchange of information with Epworth as a health service provider. We will be exploring how we can improve our engagement with GPs in this respect.


The GP Liaison team introduced the new eLearning management system that we will be using in the 2017 triennium. The system allows GPs to create their individual user accounts to track what Epworth education they have completed, download attendance certificates, view  upcoming education opportunities and register for face-to-face and online education sessions. For those of you that have not yet created a user account, you can quickly create it here.

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 services via gpliaison@epworth.org.au

Draw winners

Congratulations to the following winners from our draw who each won a $100 Coles Myer gift card:

  • Dr Mahila Abbass, Eastbound Medical Clinic, East Bentleigh
  • Dr Simon Wilson, Preston Family Medical Practice, Preston