GPEx has built a reputation for high-quality general practice training and specialist medical education via the delivery of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program since 2002.
During this time, GPEx has also serviced rural and remote communities across Australia with face-to-face and online professional development education for general practitioners (GPs) and primary healthcare workers on a range of specialty topics such as Aboriginal health, suicide prevention, cancer screening and aged care.
Throughout the transition to college-led training, we will continue to train and support GPs with the quality, integrity and professionalism that we have always displayed.
However, one of our biggest priorities this year is to develop new education programs and services for the health sector, with a particular focus on primary care and rural, regional and remote Australia.
Our purpose is to inspire excellence and equity in health care by shaping the future of health in Australia through the delivery of programs and services that meet the health and medical workforce needs of our community.
Given the current challenges facing the primary care sector, we’re ensuring our professional development training is flexible, accessible and efficient, while equipping healthcare workers with the tools and knowledge they need to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Our current online professional development courses can be accessed by primary care workers anywhere in Australia, and include cervical screening, HPV and self-collection, the benefits of supporting your patient to return to work after injury, opioid and your patient – minimising harm, end-of-life care, understanding LGBTIQ, and dermatology.
GPEx is also proud to partner with like-minded healthcare organisations around Australia in the development of professional education courses that meet the healthcare priorities of their organisation and communities.
One such partnership has been with the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer on a national program to promote HPV self-collection.
HPV self-collection helps overcome barriers to cervical cancer screening and provides a safe and culturally appropriate alternative for under-screened groups, including women in rural areas and Aboriginal communities.
To achieve cervical cancer elimination in Australia by 2030, GPs and nurse cervical screening providers will play a pivotal role in encouraging and endorsing cervical screening participation, including HPV self-collection.
Our partnership with the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer has produced an education course that helps GPs and nurse cervical screening providers understand the HPV self-collection pathway and eligibility criteria and implement quality improvements to their practices to improve cervical cancer screening participation rates in under-screened patients.
In 2022, GPEx is proud to continue producing outcomes such as this for the benefit of regional, rural and remote communities, through the key stakeholder relationships we’ve built in general practice training and the high-quality education we’ve delivered.
We will continue expanding our partnerships with peak bodies and healthcare networks, and build on our existing partnerships, to deliver education and training that is fit-for-purpose and meets the healthcare priorities of communities.
We strongly believe that, by educating primary care workers on the latest medical advances and best practices, we can improve healthcare and patient outcomes, especially for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas.