GPs had a closer look at eye surgery.

Bendigo Health hosted 60 rural GPs for the Emergency Medicine Education and Training program on Saturday.

The day-long emergency skills workshop aimed to upskill rural GPs and provides a practical day of training by emergency department staff.

This year the focus was on eye emergencies, management of chest injuries, CPR, advanced burns management and suturing, bandaging and a plastering masterclass.

Bendigo Health’s Simon Smith said the day was very hands on and included the use of high fidelity simulation.

“The day aimed to improve emergency care in rural and regional areas,” Dr Smith said.

“It was all practical on the day with the use of a range of training tools along with equipment from the emergency department. GPs were involved in designing the training course and identifying the areas of focus.

“Participants on the day were from emergency departments and urgent care centres in the Loddon Mallee region and across the state.”

It’s the third time the annual program has been held in Bendigo.