Abstract No. 1153 (Workshop): WOMEN IN GENERAL PRACTICE: A WORKSHOP

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Wainer Jo, Bryant Lexia, Strasser Sarah Centre for Rural Health Locked Bag No 1, Moe Victoria 3825, Australia
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Background:
Women are well represented in the general practice workforce, and likely to become more so as time passes. However this is not reflected within the decision-making structures of the medical colleges, the teaching programs, or academic medicine. Even at the level of clinical practice women are not driving the decisions about how practices are run or resources distributed.
Workshop:
This workshop will be an interactive presentation and discussion around the question "How can women's strengths be best used in general practice?" Role play, story telling and facilitated small group discussion will be used to encourage participants (male and female) to think outside the square to revalue their female colleagues. Strategies will be developed which participants can take back with them to use in their own practices and medical colleges to resource the dialogue between women and men.
Outcome:
Participants will be able to take away from the workshop an increased understanding of what is systemic and what is personal in their relationship with their colleagues; an increased understanding of how their experience is reflected in the work of other doctors; and some conceptual tools with which to think about gender issues in medical practice.