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Lifelong learning is key to remaining a well-rounded GP. It is important to balance updating knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that give a direct benefit to patient care and outcome. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is usually obtained through a mix of access to both online and face-to-face CPD accredited sessions.

Whilst good clinical history, thorough examination and clinical acumen remain the important cornerstones of General Practice, the last few decades have seen an explosion of medical knowledge, with the pace of change continuing to accelerate across the industry.

Studies are churned out by the dozen. New treatments regularly come onto the market. Advanced technologies allow for innovative diagnostic testing and treatment of conditions which previously were hard or even impossible to treat.

How can GPs keep up with the latest changes, updates and treatments in the fast-paced world of primary care?

In the digital age, doctors need to be able to trust that information sources are both clinically valid and actually relevant to their practice. As time-poor professionals, they need to rely upon trusted news and educational resources.

As Australia’s leading provider of medical CPD education for 23 years, Reed Medical Education provides flexible options that enable GPs to learn, network and stimulate the mind in a way that suits each individual.

Online learning opportunities

Today, CME is available across a huge range of subject matter and formats. Online learning connects GPs with a greater choice of topics, on-demand at a time and place that suits.

ThinkGP.com.au is the online platform of Reed Medical Education. As Australia’s leading online provider of CPD for primary healthcare, ThinkGP offers interactive case-based activities including Active Learning Modules (ALMs), clinical audits, videos, guides and blogs. These resources are available free to not only GPs, but also to GP registrars, practice nurses and Allied Health professionals.

The primary aim of ThinkGP is producing education that is relevant to the context of the Australian healthcare system. The activities also develop healthcare professionals’ skills and knowledge in many topic areas to deliver better outcomes in patient-centred care.

Face-to-face learning opportunities

Whilst online training is comprehensive, it cannot fully replace the learning benefits of regular face-to-face interaction and engagement with industry peers.

Live events may seem disruptive to busy GP schedules, but this is outweighed by the value of bringing professionals together, sharing knowledge and networking. A live event gives a clear insight into the current best practice models all successful GPs should aspire to, and after all – there are some things that just can’t be learned or experienced online.

The General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE) is Reed Medical Education’s largest medical CPD education event, held in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne each year. As well as a high quality conference agenda spanning 2-3 days, GPCE is also host to Australia’s leading exhibition for primary care; showcasing the latest cutting edge products, services and innovations from across Australia. Attendees can earn up to 100 CPD points in one weekend. For context, RACGP requires GPs to accrue 130 CPD points each triennium.

Upcoming Events

The final GPCE of 2017 will be held in Melbourne from 10-12 November at the MCEC, welcoming over 1,000 GPs and primary healthcare professionals from across Victoria and the country. With a fantastic program of high quality CPD education, ALMs, workshops, free features and exhibitors planned, you won’t want to miss out on this professional event.

The HealthEngine team is looking forward to exhibiting at GPCE Melbourne this year. Our friendly staff will be on hand to demonstrate how HealthEngine’s suite of products can help streamline tasks, drive growth and optimise performance at your practice. You can also benefit from 15% off conference registration with our exclusive discount for HealthEngine users. Use promo code SAVE15 at gpce.com.au/register.

In the online space, if you want the benefit of live education, but from the comfort of your own home, sign into the live stream of the ‘Beating the Killer called Heart Failure MEDTalks, live from GPCE Melbourne on 11 November at 5.15pm (AEDT). You can also login to the Beating Heart Failure webinar on 27 November at 7pm on ThinkGP. You can visit thinkgp.com.au to view the whole range of online and face-to-face education available.

 

This article is sponsored content from Reed Medical Education

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