GPs as Leaders Programme

The aim of this programme, which was launched in March 2018, is to provide Canterbury general practitioners and registrars the opportunity to network and further develop their non-clinical skills with a series of workshops. It was developed by a working group of local GPs supported by Dr Olivia Currie and members of the Pegasus team.

Throughout the year, GPs and registrars have been invited to a range of events where highly qualified and experienced speakers share their expertise and knowledge. Examples of recommended practice are highlighted alongside networking and mentoring opportunities.

Sessions thus far have included finance basics, medical business models, employment basics and governance essentials. Effective communication, dealing with difficult personalities and managing complaints, financial forecasting, debt collection and strategy basics will all be provided before the year ends.

Programme lead, Dr Olivia Currie says it’s a real privilege to be part of supporting Pegasus Health’s GPs as Leaders programme.

“It is a great resource for Pegasus members and the greater primary healthcare community. Many who have come along to the workshops have found the networking really beneficial for their own practice. They can get together with others in a non-threatening environment and get access to a wealth of resources. The networking events are enjoyed by new and experienced GPs alike,” says Olivia.

In June an invitation was extended to all working in Canterbury primary healthcare to come along to the very first Peg Talks event. Based on TED Talks, Peg Talks is all about ideas worth sharing, but within primary healthcare in the Canterbury region. Around 80 people braved a frosty night to listen to six inspiring speakers:

  • Dr Adrienne Chin spoke about her 23 years-experience as a general practitioner obstetrician (GPO). Adrienne is one of only two GPOs still practising in Christchurch.
  • Verna McFelin spoke about the impact imprisonment can have on families. She started Pillars in 1988, a charity to support forgotten victims of the criminal justice system - the families of offenders, especially their children.
  • Travis Medical Centre GP and sexual assault assessor at the Cambridge Clinic, Dr Heather Peacock, spoke on behalf of Nicola Woodward. Nicola is the Chief Executive of Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women’s Refuge), an organisation that aims to free New Zealand families from violence. 
  • Francesca Henry, daughter of rural doctor Chris Henry spoke about her memoir, which explores her father's harrowing experiences of the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, and the impact his job has had on him and their family. 
  • General Practitioner Dr Eugene Sia shared his deeply personal health journey and how his experiences have helped him to develop his interest in holistic and nutritional medicine. 
  • Fitness professional Bevan James Eyles, shared some of the insights that he has discovered since shifting his career focus to helping beginners. The biggest observation he identified was how the number one key to success for a beginner exerciser was social interaction.

Peg Talks

More information about the GPs as leaders programme can be found here.

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