Training the next generation of GPs takes a team, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Tamworth on Tuesday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors and practice managers were recognised.
Peter Mullen, of Integral Health Armidale, was recognised as Practice Manager of the Year for New England/Northwest.
Having spent the last four and a half years at Integral Health as practice manager, Peter has seen the practice host numerous doctors who are training to specialise as GPs.
“I think the best thing about Integral Health being an accredited training practice and working with registrars is to see their growth in skills and confidence as a doctor over their time with us.
“I believe as a practice manager I should be actively involved in the registrars’ development as GPs, particularly in developing their people and management skills.
“I’ve even been privileged to support one of our registrars who undertook additional training in practice management, so as to gain additional non-clinical skills,” Mr Mullen said.
John Oldfield, GP Synergy CEO, said there are currently 45 general practices across New England/Northwest, from Mungindi and Tenterfield down to Quirindi, accredited to train registrars.
“The role of practice managers, in practices maintaining their training accreditation and in supporting the training of GP registrars, is immensely important.
“In addition to helping registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice, it is often practice managers that help registrars and their families settle into new towns for their training.
“If registrars realise what a great part of the world this is to live and practise in during their training they are more likely to stay here once they complete their GP training,” Mr Oldfield said.
Please note Peter’s award was accepted on his behalf by Dr Jennifer Hebblewhite and Dr Vicki Howell.