Breathing New Life Conference 2012

Breathing New Life

Breathing New Life

The annual “Breathing New Life into General Practice” conference was recently held at Parliament House in Canberra.  It was hosted by GPRA and attended by GP registrars, prevocational Going Places Network ambassadors, members of General Practice Student Network and RTP staff.  There were some challenging and informative presentations regarding workforce planning, e-Health and the future of General Practice.  WAGPET’s own Denise Findlay gave an insightful presentation on the past, present and future of online education.

The conference was surrounded by three days of workshops for the GPRA advisory council, made up of RLOs from each RTP.  This was an excellent opportunity to find out what’s happening in GP training around the country and share ideas.  Would you believe, one RTP provides every registrar with an ipad?! There were a number of common themes emerging as issues for all RTPs including; contract negotiations for GPT 3&4, fatigue management for rural / procedural registrars, support for IMG registrars and registrar medical educator posts.  These issues were workshopped by a number of subcommittees which should progress into better outcomes for registrars.  If any registrars are interested in joining a GPRA subcommittee, you can find information at

Social media was a theme throughout the event, with delegates encouraged to publish their thoughts via Twitter, and a live Twitter feed used for questions and comments during the conference panel discussion. Check out #bnl2012 to see how it played out.

We were fortunate enough to receive an engaging presentation from Melissa Sweet, a health journalist and enthusiastic Tweeter on the potential use of social media in health advocacy.

Overall it was four days of engaging and interesting discussion which has provided a lot of ideas to bring back to WA.

Penny Wilson

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