Dr Jeremy Bunker was a great educator, general practitioner, innovator and advocate for high quality education and training.
He held several esteemed positions, one of which was the Director of Training at GP Synergy (formerly SIGPET) from 2003-2011. He was an integral member of the general practice community and the general practice education and training arena.
Jeremy sadly passed away from lung cancer in May 2011.
In memory and recognition of his dedication and commitment to GP training, GP Synergy established an award to recognise those who share similar traits and have used these to the benefit of the general practice education and training environment and wider community.
This is GP Synergy’s peak award, with recipients receiving a $3000 cash prize.
The following individuals can be nominated for this award:
- Current GP Synergy employees
- Accredited GP Synergy supervisors
- Current GP Synergy registrars
- GP Synergy alumni who have completed training within the last three years
2017 Prof Parker Magin
Excellence in GP training can only be achieved if supported by a strong evidence-base, and this award recognises the instrumental role Parker has played in establishing the GP Synergy Research and Evaluation Unit. Parker has led the unit and its collaborators in activities including the ReCEnT project, GP Synergy research projects, professional development for staff and supporting academic registrar posts.
2016 Dr Anne Eastwood
Dr Anne Eastwood began her career as a medical educator with the former southwestern Sydney training provider, the Institute of General Practice Education (IGPE) in 2004, before joining GP Synergy in 2010. Anne has acquired a well-deserved reputation for hard work, commitment and reliability, and is a highly respected senior member of the GP Synergy team. In her role as Deputy Director of Training, she is sought out by staff across the organisation for her judgment, leadership and dedication to general practice training. Anne has a genuine commitment to bettering the lives of others, demonstrated through her GP career in refugee health, and plays an instrumental role in successful progression of Australian Defence Force (ADF) registrars through their training.
2015 Debbie McGowen
Debbie is the CEO of Armajun Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) in Inverell – a rural community in Northwestern NSW. She is a proactive member of GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, working collaboratively with GP Synergy to develop and deliver initiatives to improve Aboriginal heath training opportunities for registrars and primary healthcare provision to local Aboriginal communities. She played a key role in engaging in and developing GP Synergy’s Remote Supervision Program for Aboriginal Medical Services, enabling facilities like Armajun AMS to train registrars for the first time.
2014 Dr Timothy Senior
Dr Tim Senior is a long-standing GP Synergy supervisor at the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service. He is an outstanding teacher and mentor, devoted to providing a high quality experience for his patients, staff and students.
Tim is recognised as an expert in the delivery of Indigenous healthcare, and a passionate advocate of general practice.
2013 Vanessa Moran
In 2013, Dr Vanessa Moran, was awarded the Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award for her commitment to general practice education.
In her role as a GP Synergy medical educator Vanessa has embraced new technologies to create innovative modes of education delivery. She is an inspiring ambassador of the general practice profession and a dedicated educator.
2012 Dr Richard Loizou
The 2012 Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award was awarded to Dr Richard Loizou, a Lieutenant-Commander Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and the Officer-in-Charge of HMAS KUTTABUL Health Centre (KUTTHC) at Garden Island, Woolloomolloo.
Although during his GP training Richard was called upon to provide primary healthcare at sea and deployed on active service in the Middle-East, he managed to find time to be an inspiring and active advocate for the general practice profession.
He was the first Navy RACGP Deployed Military Medicine Extended Skills term trainee and played an instrumental role in paving the way for future posts to be accredited for other ADF GP registrars.
2011 Dr Eloise Warren
In 2011 GP Synergy registrar, Dr Eloise Warren, was awarded the Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of her development and ongoing involvement in an Indigenous health clinic in Bathurst. Whilst on her GP training rural rotation in Bathurst, Eloise identified a gap in the primary healthcare provision for the local Indigenous community.