TWENTY-THREE Goulburn Valley General Practitioners (GPs) had the chance to refresh their skills and techniques recently, when ARC (Aesthetic Reconstructive & Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery here in Shepparton, hosted a special workshop with demonstrations by Australian Board Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Richard Bloom.
GPs took skin biopsies, completed skin excisions, practised the most advanced stitching methods and observed interactive demonstrations by Mr Bloom, who guided the participants through the most up to date clinical methods to deal with some of the many skin lesions that doctors commonly see in the Goulburn Valley.
ARC Plastic Surgery Specialist Division 1 Nurse and Practice Manager, Jan Griffin said, “These workshops are important because we have the expertise in Shepparton to mentor and foster GPs. Skin cancer is something the GPs in the Goulburn Valley experience everyday so anything that is going to enhance their clinical skills is incredibly beneficial.
“Because we have experienced plastic surgeons visiting ARC Plastic Surgery regularly here in Shepparton it makes for the perfect opportunity to foster the relationship between specialists and GPs.
“This helps our local GPs to further their skills and to learn the latest techniques.
“The audience included GPs from Shepparton and surrounding districts, some were solo practitioners and others were members of bigger practices.
“It was also a pleasure to see trainee registrars from GV Health.”