The ARIMGSAS Women’s Health Workshop is a one-day workshop (approximately 7 hours and 20 mins).
The morning and early afternoon program comprises theoretical presentation and case discussions on gynaecological topics including contraceptive methods, menopause management, irregular vaginal bleeding, and breast examination and breast lumps. The later portion of the afternoon comprises practical sessions on sensitive history taking and physical examination, including national cervical screening and cervical cancer, taking a HPV test, performing a bimanual examination, and performing a breast examination.
There will be opportunities to discuss questions about best practice management of gynaecological conditions and questions relating to taking a sensitive history and conducting sensitive examinations.
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Relevance to General Practice
57% of encounters in Australian general practice are with female patients, 19% of which are for O&G presentations. The ten most common O&G reasons for presentation to a GP are female genital check-up, pregnancy or pregnancy-related problems, oral contraception, menopausal symptoms, menstrual problems, other contraception, pre- or post-natal check-ups, breast neoplasm, genital disease, and genital thrush. For different age groups, different problems are managed more frequently. As almost one in five GP encounters with female patients are related to O&G problems, it is important that Australian GPs are confident in managing these issues appropriately. It is necessary not only to have the medical knowledge, but to also consider the physical, emotional, and mental health of women, their families, and their relationships, and to appreciate the gender, power and cultural differences that can influence the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.
- Select appropriate contraceptive methods based on the individual patient’s requirements and availability in Australia.
- Adhere to the current and new National Cervical Screening Program recommendations and the guidelines for management of screen- detected abnormalities.
- Distinguish between normal and abnormal uterine bleeding, common breast lumps and describe patient- tailored management.
- Identify the requirements and benefits of menopause management, in terms of lifestyle and HRT.
- Implement a recall system for cervical screening and investigation result reports in your practice.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health
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