GP Aware

Project Overview

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) is undertaking a major project to support general practitioners to more effectively participate in IBD management. The 2019 IBD National Action Plan identified this as a priority area for attention and CCA has secured funding from the Australian Government to improve GP capacity to support IBD patients through awareness, education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CCA will work in collaboration with consortium partners the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), and Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) to:

  • improve health professional awareness of existing guidelines for IBD management,
  • better educate GPs and generalist gastroenterologists about IBD,
  • promote the use of individual care plans for IBD management.

The project has identified the most commonly used high quality Australian and international IBD management guidelines. The IBD management protocols identified were used in consultations with GPs and gastroenterologists in the first stage of the project to identify barriers and enablers to the use of existing referral protocols, management guidelines and IBD education.

The information collected through consultations was used to plan and implement ways to increase the knowledge of and use of the IBD guidelines by GPs and gastroenterologists.

Project Updates

Mid 2021SEP 2021MARCH 2022Mid 2022-2023
IBD guidelines accessible through centralised CCA web page

Resources
Awareness webinars about existing guidelines and protocols

Webinar 1:
recording available on this page – see below
Webinar 2:
recording available on this page – see below
Online eLearning modules and workshops for GPs and physicians

Modules and workshops

eLearning modules and platform

  • 20-minute micro-learning modules and built with a series of micro-lessons.

Online workshops

  • Six online workshops will cover the six different topics covered by the micro-learning modules, at 1.5-hour duration.

Project Documents

In Phase 1 of the project, a literature review identified the most commonly used high quality Australian and international IBD management guidelines, and determined their access and utilisation. The information gathered will help co-design and develop tailored education and training resources on IBD management protocols. The goal will be to enhance the provision of quality of care to all patients and promote value-based healthcare.

The IBD management protocols identified were used in consultations with GPs and gastroenterologists in the first phase of the project to identify barriers and enablers to the use of existing referral protocols, management guidelines and IBD education.

The Phase 1 report concludes the literature review and stakeholder engagement activity whereby the review team sought to gather direct feedback from GPs and generalist gastroenterologists to help inform and shape the development of an IBD guideline communication and marketing campaign and the development of tailored CPD and associated educational materials, tools and resources.

GP Awareness Webinar – 21 September 2021

GP Awareness Webinar – 24 March 2022