Students in Primary Care Research (SPCR) - Writing Retreat

Over a long weekend in August, six Research Higher Degree (RHD) students from the Department attended a writing retreat at the RACV club at Inverloch. This peaceful and beautiful location provided Liz, Marianne, Carol, Kylie, Beck, and Renee with the ideal environment to dedicate quality time to writing and making major progress on their research.

Each day was organised around the Pomodoro Technique, a very helpful time management method that provides a framework to break down work into manageable amounts. Achievements from the weekend were finishing a thesis chapter and sending it to supervisors, writing a literature review, and making significant progress on thesis chapters and journal articles.

Perceived benefits of the writing retreat included the supportive work environment with minimal distractions, flexible areas to work and quiet surrounds. Working to a schedule with other students also provided a highly motivating and supportive atmosphere.

The writing retreat is organised each year by the Students in Primary Care Research (SPCR) group at the Department of General Practice. They thank the Graduate Student Association for the grant that funded the accommodation and enabled the retreat to happen.