Hunter Primary Care is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2018 Valley to Coast Trust Grants have been awarded.

The Valley to Coast (VTC) Grants aim to support general practice education and training in the Hunter, New England and Central Coast regions and this year Professor Brian Jolly from the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute (HPMI) will receive a boost to their research and General Practice education projects.

The University of Newcastle’s Certificate in Clinical Teaching and Supervision (General Practice) project

The successful pilot program led by a team including Professor Jolly during 2018, aims to train GP educators when supervising medical trainees. The VTC grant funding will allow the project reach to be extended to rural and regional areas by training GP educators as face-to-face facilitators and providing an online peer-to-peer forum and support network for GP supervisors.

The project team consists of an experienced team of GPs, medical educators and post-doctoral researchers from the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle: Professor Brian Jolly, Professor Dimity Pond, Professor Jenny May, Dr Cathy Regan, Dr Miriam Grotowski, Dr Nicole Ryan and Dr Kerry Peek.

HPMI has been improving the quality of healthcare in the Hunter since 1981, supporting General Practitioners in continuing their medical education and gain compulsory QI and CPD points. As a result of the VTC grants, HPMI will run a number of GP education initiatives during 2019:

HPMI 2019 Live Streaming Project

In line with its aim to promote and employ up-to-date methods and techniques in the provision of education, HPMI has been live streaming meetings since 2005. This gives General Practitioners who are time and distance disadvantaged the ability to participate live in these meetings.

Thanks to support from the VTC Trust, HPMI will to continue to provide live streaming of major education events in 2019 to provide broader access to General Practitioners and encourage greater participation/audience.

HPMI 2019 Advanced Life Support Course for Rural Doctors

In line with educational theory that emphasises a variety of learning approaches, HPMI has been organising Advanced Life Support Courses with Medics for Life in Newcastle. This course is a specialised program, which satisfies the requirements for registrars of the RACGP and members of ACRRM.

Thanks to support from the VTC Trust, HPMI will run this course in the rural Hunter region to allow rural GPs to gain their ALS requirements at a more convenient location.

HPMI 2019 Self-Managed Education Website Project

The Self-Managed Education Website will facilitate the access and recording of continuing Professional Developmental activities to assist in complying with their College requirements and enable ease of access to online educational assets.

Thanks to support from the VTC Trust, HPMI will to be able to design and implement this Self-Managed education website.

HPMI 2019 Cluster Project

HPMI has been delivering education via Clusters, small interactive learning groups held in areas close to medical practices at convenient times, since 2000. The small group learning approach has been shown to have many benefits and to be more effective than large group teaching.

Thanks to support from the VTC Trust, HPMI will to continue to provide General Practitioners with FREE ACCESS to Cluster education during 2019. HPMI Clusters will be held in at least these eleven regions, namely: Belmont, Charlestown, Elermore Vale, Hamilton, Kotara, Maitland, Merewether, Newcastle, Raymond Terrace, Warners Bay and Westlakes.

Do you have a passion for General Practice education and research? Keep an eye out here, 2019 VTC Grant applications will open later in the year.