In 2015 APF focused on GP education. We attended GPCE, General Practitioner Conference and Exhibition, in 4 state locations around Australia. The conferences also included PNCE - Practice Nurse Clinical Education - running alongside the GPCE, affording us the opportunity to educate and inform specialist nurses as well.
Our theme for this event was "Could it be the Pituitary? - The Master Gland", aiming to inform and educate GP's about early detection of pituitary conditions, and how many pituitary symptoms, at times, mimic other problems.
The enormous effort to organise these educational events for GP's were well worth it!! Although "walk by" traffic was not as high as we hoped at our display booths, the workshops were a huge success!! All workshops were extremely popular and filled to capacity!!
On speaking with GPs we list a couple of observations:
- GPs think that pituitary tests are expensive to run
- Because some endocrine and other symptoms are common, they run the more common tests first eg. Thyroid function as a singular test, rather than a full pituitary work up
- The likely hood of coming across a pituitary disorder is very low, so they don’t think it a priority to run the tests
Thank you so very much to our wonderful doctors who presented for us –how could we do this without you!!!!
Comments received from attendees:
“From my perspective having a stall there to draw attention to Pituitary disorders was a really great idea”
“The workshop was perfect for GP's- interesting cases that showed the diagnostic dilemmas we face with patients presenting
with non-specific symptoms and the difficulties we might have in interpreting hormone levels”
“The case studies gave us a good framework to assist in future diagnosis and appropriate management / referrals”
“Good talk. First one I have been to on this important area"
“Well delivered well explained presentation of rare but not to be missed conditions”
“Lots of detail on slides, needed to stay completely in focus”
“Confident presentation really important to my practice”
“It was a very good presentation. I think I will have to read the books that came with the talk, because it was just a bit too
much to cram into 1 hour. But the content was all relevant”
APF was so excited to receive a phone call from a GP who attended one of our lectures, to state he had just diagnosed a patient with Acromegaly, and where was he to go from there. An Endocrinologist of course!!!
Also a big than you to our sponsors.