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We are committed to recognising excellence and quality general practice education and training and commend the following award recipients.

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  • Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award
  • GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award
  • NSW/ACT ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award
  • NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award
  • NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award
  • PEP Participant of the Year Award
  • Practice Manager of the Year Award
  • Registrar of the Year Award
  • Supervisor of the Year Award

Ms Felicity Gemmell-Smith

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2020

New England/Northwest

Felicity Gemmell-Smith has worked tirelessly for GP Synergy since its inception, and before that for the New England Area Training Services. As a long-term Moree resident, Felicity experiences firsthand the significant difference a good doctor with the right skills in a rural community can make. As the Rural Programs Manager for GP Synergy her role…

Ms Ros Rose

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2020

New England/Northwest

Ms Ros Rose is the practice manager at the Pius X Aboriginal Medical Service in Moree, having been with the practice for 17 years. Registrars consider her a wonderful practice manager, working tirelessly to ensure that the team works cohesively and efficiently to provide the best patient care to the local community. Always supportive of…

Dr Nada Abu Alrub

Registrar of the Year Award, 2020

New England/Northwest

Dr Nada Abu Alrub is a GPT3 registrar working at Pius X Aboriginal Medical Service and Toomelah Aboriginal Health Clinic. She is a dedicated, positive and enthusiastic registrar who is passionate about her Aboriginal patients’ well-being and care. Nada has a passion for rural and remote communities and improving Aboriginal health, she is also a…

Dr Hamze Hamze

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020

New England/Northwest

Dr Hamze Hamze has been a supervisor at Pius X Aboriginal Medical Service in Moree for the last four years. In that time, he has shown exemplary leadership not least of which during the COVID-19 pandemic. While maintaining his role as a GP supporting the needs of the local Aboriginal community, he has provided a…

Ms Heather Farlow

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2020

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Ms Heather Farlow is the practice manager at Bondi Road Doctors and East Sydney Doctors, supporting doctors, staff and registrars across both sites. She is passionate about her role as a practice manager, she is a member of the Australian Association of Practice Management NSW/ACT Committee, facilitates breakfast networking groups supporting other practices and their…

Dr Damien Bray

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Damien Bray has been a long-term GP supervisor at his practice, Burraneer Family Practice. The feedback from registrars has been consistent as they have great respect for him as a supervisor and his commitment to their training. Damien is also involved in additional activities including as a clinical teaching visitor. In the words of…

Dr Isabel Hanson

Registrar of the Year Award, 2020

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Isabel Hanson is a GPT2 registrar at Leichhardt GP where she has impressed with her keenness to learn and to commit to quality care for her patients. She is frequently the first one to put up her hand for extra projects and learnings, actively helping with the COVID response as a leader within the…

Ms Sue Maher

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2020

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Sue Maher is a wonderful, hard-working and dedicated group practice manager, managing the three sites in the Waratah Medical Services group efficiently, professionally and with an emphasis on pastoral support. She is incredibly supportive of all her staff with an infectious passion for ensuring GP registrars have a positive experience during their time in the…

Dr Emma Dasey

Registrar of the Year Award, 2020

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dr Emma Dasey is a GPT2 registrar based at Wallis Street Medical Centre in Foster. Emma receives very positive feedback from both patients and practice staff. Her attitude towards her work and documentation is exemplary as are her ethical standards. During the COVID-19 pandemic Emma taken on the additional roles of visiting aged care residents…

Dr Trevor Hurlow

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dr Trevor Hurlow is a supportive and committed supervisor that makes registrars feel confident in making the transition from hospital to general practice. He is passionate about the work he does as a GP and his enthusiasm is contagious and always evident in his day-to-day practice. Despite being a seasoned GP his amazement when discussing…

Ms Maria Logan

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

Western NSW

Maria has been a Rural Support Officer since joining GP Synergy in 2016. Throughout this time, she has grown in her role and has taken on greater responsibility as the team has changed. During registrar workshops Maria can be seen connecting with registrars and ensuring that they are welcomed and made to feel comfortable. She…

Ms Charley Shepstone

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

South Eastern NSW

Joining GP Synergy in January 2020 as an Education Coordination Administration Officer, Charley quickly found her place in the team and has been a valuable contributor ever since. She has been an asset in the development and implementation of remote Clinical Teaching Visits. Charley has been responsive, efficient, and positive in making the system work…

Ms Amber Warner

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Amber joined GP Synergy in 2016 as an Accounts Officer, she is now a Senior Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Amber has been instrumental in rolling out GP Synergy’s new finance system and taking a lead role in major audits. She has provided invaluable support to the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance…

Ms Tayla Read

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

New England/Northwest

As Finance Officer in the New England/Northwest subregion, Tayla is known for her positive attitude and her knowledge and experience in finance. She goes above and beyond to assist not only our external stakeholders, but also her colleagues. Within the finance team, she has made numerous improvements to processes, contributing to the strategic goal of…

Mr Chris Versace

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

North Coast

Chris is a much-valued member of the Ballina office, and GP Synergy more broadly. He is always courteous, professional, and respectful no matter the question – even when it’s from the IT-challenged. He is always willing to help fix any problem, and if the first suggestion doesn’t work, he always perseveres to find a solution….

Ms Jackie Price

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Jackie commenced with GP Synergy as an Education Coordination Administration Officer in our Wagga Wagga office. Her organisational skills became obvious as she managed Clinical Teaching Visit enquiries and the ease with which she organised CTVs, CT visitors, registrars and practice managers. Jackie is currently seconded to the role of Education Coordinator for the New…

Ms Jan Shedden

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Jan is an integral part of the GP Synergy medical education team and contributes broadly to the success of GP training. In her role as Executive Assistant to the Director of Education and Training she applies a broad range of skills and a great deal of experience in her support of the Education Executive members…

Dr Sarah Gani

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2020

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Sarah Gani started with GP Synergy in early 2017 as a Medical Educator with a Supervisor Portfolio. Later she accepted the role as Director of Supervisor Education NSW & ACT, a role she undertakes as well as her MESP role. Sarah plays a significant role in providing educational support and mentoring to supervisors as…

Dr Sarah Beasley

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Sarah Beasley is a GP supervisor at Advance Medical Practice – Pitt Town, the relatively new GP supervisor has been supervising for the last three years and coincidentally did the last year of her own training in the Pitt Town practice. Registrars consider Dr Beasley to be an outstanding supervisor who goes above and…

Dr Siobhan Ballesty

Registrar of the Year Award, 2020

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Siobhan Ballesty undertook part of her GP training at Riverstone Family Medical Practice where she worked conscientiously and sought extra training in areas where the practice required further expertise including in skin cancer and travel medicine. In February 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Siobhan stepped up to help establish a GP-led…

Ms Lorraine Parker

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2020

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Lorraine Parker opened the Katoomba Medical Practice in 2008, applying to become an accredited training practice nine years ago, as she saw benefits for both the practice and doctors undertaking their training to become specialist GPs. Lorraine is responsible for a positive workplace culture at the practice with registrars considering her supportive, knowledgeable and instrumental…

Ms Louise Ahearn

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2020

North Coast

Ms Louise Ahearn has been with Kemspey Medical Centre for 15 years, stepping up to the role of practice manager four years ago. Louise plays an active role in the success of the registrars who come through the practice, continuing to sing her praises when their training terms at the practice are over. She provides…

Dr Amitee Ryan

Registrar of the Year Award, 2020

North Coast

Dr Amitee Ryan is a GPT2 registrar at Focus Medical Centre, Port Macquarie. Amitee is considered a critical component of the practice team and a role model for other registrars. Clinically exceeding expectations, she has developed a loyal patient base. She is always willing to help in any role and way that is needed. Assisting…

Dr Marc Heyning

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2020

North Coast

Dr Marc Heyning is a GP supervisor at Brunswick Heads Medical Centre. As a GP supervisor he is dedicated, passionate and community orientated. He fully supports registrars on their own journey and is an excellent role model for rural generalists. Marc is focused on providing feedback that is constructive and has high educational and academic…

Dr Marion Tait

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

North Coast

Dr Marion Tait is a GP supervisor at Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation in Casino. Marion has supervised many registrars since becoming a supervisor at Bulgarr Ngaru, the quality of her supervision is confirmed by the many registrars continuing to work there once fellowed. She is a wonderful role model, always advocating strongly for her…

Ms Dianne Kerr

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

North Coast

Di is the practice manager at Goonellabah Medical Centre, where she is instrumental in providing a positive workplace culture for all staff, and particularly GP registrars. Di is organised and efficient, ensuring that teaching sessions are scheduled, time is allocated for training days, and that the day-to-day running of the practice is seamless. She has…

Dr Ariana Arulampalam

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

North Coast

Dr Ariana Arulampalam is currently based at Dorrigo Health and Wellbeing, where she is well on her way to fellowship with ACRRM. In addition to applying herself in all placements she has embraced the opportunity to become involved in the communities she has worked in. Ariana has achieved subspecialty qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology and…

Ms Sue Sladden

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

North Coast

Sue is the Accreditation Team Leader, based in our Ballina office. Sue has always provided a high level of accreditation advice and support to supervisors and practices, culminating in her recent promotion to team leader. Sue is proactive with sharing her knowledge of accreditation processes, particularly in providing training and support to new team members….

Dr Kamal Singh

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

This award recognises the achievements of the GP Synergy registrar in NSW and ACT who completed the Royal Australian College of General Practice fellowship exam with the highest overall score in a given financial year. Kamal is currently completing an Extended Skills term in dermatology at Springwood Central Medical Clinic. His outstanding results speak for…

Dr Emma Mason

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Emma Mason is in her GPT2 term at Kellyville Village Medical Centre. She is passionate about educating and informing patients about their health, encouraging them to be actively involved in decisions about their health, and to take an active role in improving their health outcomes. She is dedicated to working together with patients, to…

Dr Chris Coghill

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Chris is a long-time GP supervisor based at the Upper Mountains Medical Centre in Katoomba. Chris is an outstanding and motivating supervisor, whose enthusiasm and optimism for general practice is contagious. As an all-rounder Chris provides registrars with a broad exposure to complex medical care, palliative care, musculoskeletal medicine as well as procedural general practice….

Mr Troy Rutz

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Troy is the practice manager at The Madison Medical Practice – St Ives and Hornsby. Troy creates a practice environment that is welcoming, supportive and dedicated to improving knowledge. He is committed to ensuring that registrars and GPs are continually learning, whether it’s organising GP education nights with lectures from specialists or motivational speakers for…

Dr Sally Street

NSW/ACT ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Dr Sally Street has embraced being a rural generalist and part of her local community. She is working at Mudgee Medical Centre and Mudgee District Hospital as a GP obstetrician. As a wonderful advocate for rural general practice, she is enthusiastic about promoting rural generalism and Mudgee as a training location. Sally has been generous…

Ms Sonya Sewell

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Western NSW

Sonya is the practice manager at Loxley House Family Practice in Bathurst. Sonya is considered an outstanding practice manager. Feedback from registrars is consistent – they consider her welcoming, supportive, always approachable and responsive to any needs or concerns they may have. Sonya is highly engaged with delivering GP training at the practice, ensuring all…

Dr Catherine Stewart

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

Western NSW

Dr Stewart practices at Russell Street Medical Centre, having been a GP in Bathurst for 20 years. She has been involved in GP training as a registrar liaison officer during her own training time, as a clinical teaching visit visitor, and medical educator. Realising she enjoyed in-practice teaching of registrars she became a GP supervisor…

Ms Ashima Singh

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Ashima joined GP Synergy in 2017, she is a Senior Business Analyst with the business systems team tasked with improving our IT systems, particularly GPRime. Her contribution to increasing the level of satisfaction for GPRime users is outstanding. She engages with stakeholders, so that products are successful in improving usability for staff, registrars, supervisors and…

Dr Nicole Smith

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Western NSW

Dr Nicole Smith is a GPT3 registrar, based in Dubbo she is currently training at the Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service. Nicole is to be acknowledged for achieving outstanding results in her KFP and AKT exams. She is organised, dedicated and reliable. As a registrar Nicole is a professional, compassionate and caring and an asset to…

Ms Rachel Harris

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

Western NSW

Rachel is the Senior Education Coordinator for Western NSW, having been with GP Synergy since the establishment of the Dubbo office. As a team player she is always willing to offer a helping hand and share her corporate knowledge with new staff members. Rachel fulfils her role with pride and attention to detail. She always…

Dr Irina Chernyak

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Irina Chernyak is an experienced GP supervisor based at MyHealth – Zetland. Registrars are consistent in their feedback – Irina is approachable and knowledgeable. She creates a supportive environment for registrars to learn and progress. The practice is inclusive, encouraging registrar involvement in regular doctor discussions. According to one registrar: “She has an excellent style of supervision, which needs to be adopted by all supervisors”. 

Dr Jessica Fitch

NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Jessica Fitch is currently undertaking her Advanced Academic term with the University of Sydney. Considered a natural researcher, Jessica has been working on a project to test the acceptability of a screening question to improve preventive health outcomes for preconception care, called ‘One Key Question’. One Key Question was developed in the US but has not been piloted in Australia, Jessica’s research is a feasibility pilot test….

Dr Roy Mariathas

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

During his GP training Dr Roy Mariathas took on the role of registrar medical educator, a role that involves helping to facilitate workshops and educate other registrars. Roy excelled at the role. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of GP Synergy’s marketing activities participating in GP training information sessions at universities and hospitals, where he was a wonderful ambassador in his interactions with medical students and pre-vocational doctors. Recently gaining his fellowship, Roy has accepted the role…

Mr Des Clarke

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

The Practice Manager of the Year Award was awarded jointly to two practice managers from the Your Doctors group of practices – Ms Victoria Gassner and Mr Des Clarke.  The Your Doctors group includes practices in Summer Hill, Leichhardt and Ashfield.  Both Victoria and Des are known for their organisational skills and responsiveness when it comes to GP training. This is particularly appreciated by GP Synergy staff as…

Ms Victoria Gassner

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

The Practice Manager of the Year Award was awarded jointly to two practice managers from the Your Doctors group of practices – Ms Victoria Gassner and Mr Des Clarke.  The Your Doctors group includes practices in Summer Hill, Leichhardt and Ashfield.  Both Victoria and Des are known for their organisational skills and responsiveness when it comes to GP training. This is particularly appreciated by GP Synergy staff as…

Mr Ken Glover

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Ken Glover is GP Synergy’s Finance Project Manager and has been a dedicated employee for the last ten years. Ken takes a positive approach to all he is asked to do and embraces new and challenging projects with the same attitude. He frequently goes above and beyond in delivering his role and in assisting other members of the finance team. Additionally, each year Ken is tireless in…

Dr Kazuki Sumitomo

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

New England/Northwest

Kazuki is currently in an Extended Skills term at Integral Health in Armidale where he has shown compassion, integrity and capability in all aspects of general practice. His clinical skills are exceptional and he works diligently and proactively alongside doctors, nurses and practice staff in the preparation of quality improvement methods, the implementation of positive changes, and to ensure that all…

Ms Sarah Freeman

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

New England/Northwest

Sarah has been practice manager with the Rural Medical Clinic in Manilla for the last 18 months. She is seen as an advocate for Manilla, the practice and registrars. Sarah combines a great understanding of GP training requirements with compassion for the wellbeing of registrars training in a rural area that may be new to them. Sarah, and the practice, aim for registrars to become the finest GPs…

Dr Casey Sullivan

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

New England/Northwest

Born and bred in the New England/Northwest  region, Dr Casey Sullivan had a passion to return to the area to practice medicine, she is now a GP supervisor at My GP Tamworth. Registrars consider Casey to be aware and accommodating of the challenges they face whether it’s juggling full-time work and family life, being away from home and family due to relocation for…

Ms Sally Lucas

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

New England/Northwest

Sally is the Practice Experience Program Administrator based in our Armidale office. Despite the PEP program being a new program with challenges in meeting the different needs of program participants, Sally has impressed the medical education staff and PEP participants with her efficiency, empathy and problem–solving ability. She has played a role beyond administrator in ensuring delivery of the…

Ms Val Dahlstrom

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2019

New England/Northwest

Recently retired, Aunty Val Dahlstrom, has left a long-lasting legacy within GP Synergy. As our Aboriginal Liaison Officer Val’s contribution and guidance over the years shaped GP Synergy’s resolve to help ‘close the gap’ in the health of Indigenous Australians. Val a Kamilaroi woman was employed by the Area Health Service for more than thirty–five years in the area of Aboriginal health. She was active in shaping many programs…

Dr Alison Fielding

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dr Alison Fielding is the Research Manager for GP Synergy, based at our Newcastle office. Her effort supporting the Research and Evaluation Unit to enhance learning that contributes to the advancement of the GP Synergy training program is exceptional. Alison provides daily organisational structure to the unit assisting the team to meet their goals. Alison’s commitment…

Dr Emma Polkinghorne

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dr Emma Polkinghorne completed her GP training in 2019. Emma was an ADF registrar undertaking much of her training at RAAF Williamtown Medical Centre. As a highly competent all-rounder, her confidence has grown during her training to become a highly proficient and caring GP. Emma also excelled in exams being the top scorer for the…

Dr Christopher Boyle

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

As a GP for nearly 36 years and a GP supervisor for 30 of those, Dr Christopher Boyle has a reputation as an excellent supervisor and role model. His energy and passion for general practice is infectious. Chris and his team have made a substantial contribution to GP training over the years and to the development of the GP Synergy training program. In addition…

Ms Sarah Pryor

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

South Eastern NSW

Sara Pryor is the practice manager at Bowral Street Medical Practice. In the five years she has been practice manager there she has introduced systems that support the provision of teaching and training to medical students and registrars. Sarah ensures that registrars and supervisors are well-resourced and adequately supported so that teaching and training takes place, and that the learning needs of registrars are met. She has…

Dr Cameron Warren

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

South Eastern NSW

Dr Cameron Warren is in an extended skills term at Kiama Medical Practice, where he has been a great asset to the team. His professionalism and willingness to be a team player has been obvious, he is courteous and respectful to all staff, patients and their families, his clinical skills and knowledge are outstanding. As a registrar he has gone above and beyond for the practice, including volunteering for extra responsibilities. Cameron is also the Registrar Medical Educator in…

Ms Nicole Johnson

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

South Eastern NSW

Nicole is the Education Coordination Administration Officer based in the Wollongong office. Despite joining GP Synergy just over a year ago, in a newly created position, she has proven to be organised, diligent and proactive. Organising CTV visits and EC support for Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney and South Eastern NSW, Nicole is solution focussed, completing task with minimal instruction or supervision, eager to learn and is a team player, always willing and…

Dr Jarrod Alkemade

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

South Eastern NSW

Dr Jarrod Alkemade is based at Moss Street Medical Practice in Nowra, he also started his GP training at the practice. Fellowing in 2016, he became a GP supervisor the following year. As a supervisor, his enthusiasm, approachability and willingness to go above and beyond with teaching have greatly enriched the learning of registrars. His wealth of clinical knowledge is readily shared and…

Ms Karenne Keane

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Karenne has been with Kariong Medical Centre for the last 13 years, taking on the role of practice manager last year. Despite the short time as practice manager, Karenne has made an impression for her proactive attitude and for going above and beyond for her support of GP registrars. Registrars appreciate that Karenne is fast to act on any concerns or needs of practice staff, encourages team building and interaction through social…

Dr Lalani Ranasinghe

PEP Participant of the Year Award, 2019

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Dr Lalani Ranasinghe obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Colombo in 1979 and worked as a GP for many years in Siri Lanka where amongst other things she oversaw the national immunisation program. Since moving to Australia, Lalani has been a GP for the last eight years in rural and remote Australia. Since joining the Practice Experience Program, Lalani has been an…

Dr Angel Fu

Registrar of the Year Award, 2019

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Dr Angel Fu completed her training this year after terms spent in Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga, enjoying her time spent in both locations. She is currently having a break travelling and spending time with family, as well as further professional training in Melbourne. It’s fair to say that Angel made a great impression on the…

Dr Nicholas Hamilton

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2019

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Dr Nicholas Hamilton is a GP supervisor working at East Canberra General Practice. He has been committed to working in the Canberra community since his GP training. Fellowing in 2013, he became a supervisor in 2015 and has supervised more than 10 registrars since then. Nick goes above and beyond, protecting additional teaching time for registrars in need. According to one registrar: “This time…

Ms Liline Hewett

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2019

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Liline is the Events Coordinator based in our Canberra office. Her commitment and willingness to support registrars, supervisors, medical educators and GP Synergy staff is always accompanied with enthusiasm. As an events coordinator her role requires people skills, patience, co-ordination and organisation, all attributes she brings to the role. In particular, she is appreciated as a support to the medical education team, always willing to put in extra…

Ms Greta Evans

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2019

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Greta Evans is the General Manager of National Health Co-op, the co-op is a not-for-profit, member owned co-operative that provides affordable medical and healthcare services. Greta’s role includes coordinating registrars and supervisors in the nine co-op facilities accredited for GP training. Greta ensures the recruitment and training of registrars across all sites works smoothly. She is described as professional, methodical and incredibly efficient in her…

Ms Sue Hefren

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

Murrumbidgee & ACT

As Business Support Manager, Sue coordinates a number of teams across GP Synergy. Sue joined GP Synergy as a Rural Support Officer and then became the Rural Support Team Leader, roles that she continues to deliver in conjunction with her current role. Sue’s work on the Education Coordinator Manual has been praised with the manual…

Dr Meredith Blackmur

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Meredith is in her GPT3 term of training at Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic. She always knew general practice was the area of medicine she wanted to pursue as it offers a real connection to people. Meredith’s patient rapport and clinical skills reflect her passion for her patients. She is considered an excellent ‘all-rounder’, with her…

Ms Michelle Dean

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Starting as a trainee medical receptionist more than 20 years ago, Michelle has been a practice manager for 12 years, with the last seven at Trail Street Medical Centre.  Michelle seamlessly combines the three operational teams of the practice – the administrative team, the nursing/allied health team and the doctors to create the best and…

Dr Pamela Whalan

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Pamela is a supervisor at Ochre Health Bruce. She is a GP that registrars aspire to be like. Pamela is a passionate GP who is dedicated to continual learning — for herself, her colleagues, GP registrars in the practice as well as those training in other practices. Collaboration is actively encouraged by Pamela, not only…

Ms Shan Chow

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

North Coast

Shan is an Application Support Analyst for GP Synergy, with her knowledge of training and her IT skills she is a valued member of the information systems team, known for always willing to lend a hand. She is outcomes focused and quality driven, often the front line for queries Shan manages those with excellent customer…

Dr Rahul Mohan

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

North Coast

Rahul is in his GPT2 term at Greenmeadows Medical Port Macquarie where he is considered a valuable part of both the clinical team and broader practice team. Rahul is always happy to contribute to the team whether he is providing clinical presentations to his peers based on recent knowledge he has acquired or assisting in…

Ms Tara Webster

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

North Coast

Tara has been a practice manager for over 10 years, with the last 18 months as practice manager at CHC Medical Coffs Harbour where she has played a lead role in developing a culture conducive to education and practice improvement. Tara has coordinated two new accredited supervisors in the practice allowing CHC Medical to expand…

Dr Ruth Tinker

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

North Coast

Ruth is a supervisor at the Goonellabah Medical Centre, where she has supervised more than 20 registrars in the last 10 years. Registrars feel that Ruth goes above and beyond with her care and teaching of registrars, including responding to difficult situations registrars may find themselves in with agility and common sense. As a supervisor…

Ms Tina Barwick-Taylor

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

New England/Northwest

Tina is GP Synergy’s Payroll Manager, having joined GP Synergy in 2009 she has ensured that our growing workforce has been paid correctly every fortnight. Tina played a pivotal role in the successful introduction and implementation of our new payroll system, going above beyond and above by putting in a additional time and effort to…

Dr Lisa Simpson

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

New England/Northwest

Lisa is currently a GPT2 GPR in Moree. She is passionate about actively contributing to the community of Moree. As a rural generalist she has excelled at the challenges of GP training, working in the Emergency Department at Moree Hospital and as an anaesthetist. Lisa truly embodies what it means to be a rural GP and is to…

Mr Peter Mullen

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

New England/Northwest

Peter is the practice manager at Integral Health Armidale where he has worked for the last four and a half years. He takes a special interest in the welfare of registrars training in the practice, assisting them with many aspects of practice life including their practice orientation, their accommodation needs and finding their way around…

Dr Julia Fomiatti

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

New England/Northwest

Julia is the Senior Clinician at Armajun Aboriginal Health Service where she is passionate about guiding registrars to develop the understanding, empathy and capacity required to deliver culturally competent services to Aboriginal people. She is also recognised for her expertise in skin conditions, and many registrars seek out her supervision to improve their skills in…

Dr Rachael Wright

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Rachael Wright was a general pathway registrar who completed her training in April 2018, obtaining the highest Royal Australian College of General Practice exam scores in NSW and ACT in 2017/2018. She undertook her GP training across a variety of training positions within the Central Eastern and South Western Sydney region, she is now…

Ms Nicole Tooma

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Nicole is a Marketing and Events Coordinator based in our Chippendale office. In her role she is required to be responsive, flexible, highly organised and professional, and she does this with ease – and always with a smile. She is also always willing to help the rest of the team. Nicole’s high level of customer…

Dr Martiane Bersano

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Martiane is currently in her GPT2 term at Trinity Health Care Centre, Liverpool. During her training she has demonstrated a deep commitment to patient care, often going above and beyond what was expected of her, including regularly check patient results and contacting patients on her days off including attended the practice to meet patients regarding…

Mr Michael Archibald

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Michael is practice manager for more than 20 accredited GP training facilities across NSW that are currently training 18 registrars. Not surprisingly, Michael is considered to be very efficient and his responsiveness to GP Synergy staff and registrars is notable. His organization of orientation, teaching events and dinners are appreciated in helping registrars settle into…

Dr Fadi Abouzeid

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Fadi is a supervisor at Campsie Medical and Dental Centre where he has been supervising registrars since 2014. His dedication to supervision of registrars goes beyond their placement with him, by continuing as a mentor and dedicating his own time to help his former trainees with exam preparation. One former registrar has said: I can…

Ms Kim Weeks

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

South Eastern NSW

Kim started out at the Marima Medical Clinic in Goulburn as a practice nurse and became practice manager 17 years ago and is also now a part-owner of the practice. She is committed to investing broadly in education and training for the practice GPs and nursing team, as well as registrars and students. Registrars are…

Ms Charise Morris

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

South Eastern NSW

Charise has been practice manager at Grand Pacific Health Nowra for the last four years. As a practice manager Charise is enthusiastic and committed to ensuring GP registrars are supported in achieving their learning objectives and having an enjoyable time as well. A common theme running through the nominations was Charise’s dedication to creating a…

Dr Lyndell Carter

NSW/ACT ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Lyndell is in her PRR3 term at Callala Medical Centre and has undertaken most of her medical training in the Shoalhaven. She is dedicated to pursuing a career in rural general practice with a special interest in emergency medicine. She was a medical student at the University of Wollongong and is now a teacher there,…

Ms Robyn Fanning

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

South Eastern NSW

Robyn is the Program Support and Event Coordinator in the Wollongong office, where she works tirelessly and efficiently to coordinate training and support for registrars, supervisors and practice managers through regional workshops, exam workshops, study groups and webinars, while also providing a high level of support to staff in South Eastern NSW. Constantly going above…

Dr Richard Griffiths

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

South Eastern NSW

Richard is a supervisor at Grand Pacific Health Nowra, he has been a GP supervisor since 2009. In the words of one of the registrars who nominated him for this award, “Richard has worked tirelessly to deliver outstanding teaching, in-practice supervision and professional guidance throughout my time working with him.” From helping international medical graduates…

Dr William Hawkyard

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

South Eastern NSW

William is in an extended skills term at Worrigee Street Medical Centre, Nowra and North Nowra Medical Practice. As well as being an exemplary registrar his contribution to the medical community and wider community is substantial. He is the medical lead for the development and implementation of digital prescribing and other aspects of e-health for…

Dr Rachel Turner

NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award, 2018

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Rachel is currently an academic registrar, researching prescribing of long-acting reversible contraception by GP registrars. Her research has established some important associations of LARC-prescribing that will inform teaching and training of registrars in this area, Rachel has presented this work at leading primary health care conferences. These outcomes from her work are considered outstanding for…

Dr Daniel Calder

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Daniel is currently training at Woy Woy General Practice where he is highly regarded by patients and his colleagues alike. When he started at the practice he took on the patient load from one of the practice’s most experienced doctors who had retired, as well as that from a previous registrar. His enthusiasm has been…

Dr Karen Nicholls

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Karen is a GP supervisor at Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service. According to a registrar she has supervised she goes above and beyond what is expected of a supervisor, and to quote: “It is motivating to see someone committed to delivering quality healthcare to their patients with genuine empathy and sensitivity … whilst also making herself…

Ms Lucinda Coble

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Lucinda is the subregion’s Practice Liaison and Support Officer. Her nominations for this award have come from some relatively new practice managers, who all consider her to be a source of information and support, knowledgeable, professional and friendly, and always available for even the smallest enquiry.

Ms Heather Gewin

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Heather has been practice manager at The Entrance Medical Centre for four years, during that time she has coordinated GP registrars, including Australian Defence Force registrars coordinating their consulting sessions, appointments, training sessions and study leave with their time away on duty. She cheerfully and proactively embraces challenges, solves problems and supports registrars and supervisors…

Mr Vanja Novosel

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Vanja has been the driving force in transforming the GP Synergy IT Platform, making it stronger, more effective, efficient and user-friendly. Despite the challenges and pressures, he always remains composed, professional and friendly. There’s nothing too difficult for Vanja and he is truly an asset to GP Synergy.

Dr Janani Mahadeva

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

During her training Janani has been highly thought of by practice staff and patients alike. She has demonstrated a commitment to furthering not only her clinical career but also being involved in other aspects of medical work such as teaching, in addition to the supervision of medical students and junior doctors, she is a tutor…

Ms Denise Whitehead

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Denise has been a practice manager since 2011, and at the Riverstone Family Medical Practice, since early 2016. Current and former registrars at the practice admire and appreciate Denise’s dedication to ensuring the well-being of all practice staff and her fostering values of care, teamwork, hard work and respect. A theme running through the nominations…

Dr Snehal Patel

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

One of our very experienced supervisors, Snehal has supervised registrars for more than 15 years at the Bligh Park Family Practice. Registrars describe his supervision as ‘going above and beyond’. His dedication to ensuring training is designed to meet the registrar’s personal learning needs is a recurrent theme, and the weekly whole-of-practice meetings help them…

Ms Angie Honeyman

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2018

Western NSW

Angie joined the Dubbo office of GP Synergy in July 2017, since then she has shown passion and commitment in delivery of her responsibilities as Program Support and Events Coordinator. She has provided high quality support to the delivery of GP training and education in Western NSW, always being reliable, organised and adaptable, while maintaining…

Dr Jodie Wheatley

Registrar of the Year Award, 2018

Western NSW

Jodie is currently training in Molong and Yeoval. During her GP training she has been a consistently high performer, including in in RACGP exams. Earlier this year, Jodie achieved the highest result in NSW for the objective structured clinical examination.

Ms Suzanne Towney

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2018

Western NSW

Suzanne is the practice manager at the Swift Street Medical Centre in Wellington, she has been in that role for 29 years and still loves being a practice manager there. She has been instrumental in the practice attaining and maintaining its certification and accreditation. Sue also considers herself responsible for ensuring registrars receive the support…

Dr Angela Yates

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2018

Western NSW

Angela is a GP supervisor at Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service and Castlereagh Health Centre, also located in Coonamble. She has practised in Coonamble for many years, gaining the respect of the community, practice staff and registrars she has supervised. She leads by example, constantly upskilling her knowledge to enable her to be the best doctor…

Dr Teena Downton

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2018

Teena is a GP and visiting medical officer in Cowra, as a registrar she completed both the Royal Australian College of General Practice and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine training pathways and has recently become a fellow of both colleges. She has a passion for rural health and a strong commitment to a…

Dr John-Alec Tynan

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

John-Alec obtained the highest Royal Australian College of General Practice exam scores in NSW and ACT in 2016/2017. As a registrar his approach was pro-active and hardworking, maintaining a high standard of medicine and being an advocate for general practice. John-Alec was also always ready to support registrars less experienced than himself through their training.

Dr Wayne Halpin

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Wayne has supported many Australian Defence Force registrars in their training, and it is apparent that registrars respect Dr Halpin as a supervisor who is dedicated, clinically proficient, always approachable and also understanding of the needs of ADF registrars.

Dr Sally Gillespie

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

North Coast

Sally is in her Extended Skills term at the Queen Street Clinic in Grafton. Whether it is seeing patients or helping practice staff with their studies on her own time, her respect for others coupled with her abilities as a GP have seen her become a valued part of the practice as well as the…

Dr Edward (Ed) Lee

NSW/ACT ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Based in Mudgee, Ed is committed to rural general practice. Originally from Sydney, a recommendation from his supervisor in Mudgee set him on the path to becoming a GP obstetrician. As the youngest GP obstetrician in Mudgee he recognises his stake in the future of obstetric services, and is involved in a number of hospitalbased…

Dr Bosco Wu

NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award, 2017

Bosco has been completing his academic post with the Australian National University – Academic Unit of General Practice, his complex qualitative research is exploring and understanding how empathy develops through medical training and how the practice of empathy in the clinical environment may be protective or a risk factor for emotional fatigue and burnout in…

Ms Jacky Porter

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Jacky joined GP Synergy in 2013 as the events coordinator for the New England/Northwest subregion, and moved into the program support and event coordinator role in Newcastle in 2016. She is a dedicated and hardworking member of the events team, who is tireless in her efforts to achieve the best outcomes, and always willing to…

Dr Gordon Lau

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Currently in his GPT2 term, Gordon’s wonderful enthusiasm for general practice is acknowledged. From his participation in training workshops to helping out with mock exams, his positive manner has been noticed by patients, training practices, colleagues and GP Synergy staff.

Ms Rachel Blanch

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Rachel has been the practice manager at Gloucester MediCo for the last six years, she enjoys meeting new registrars and introducing them to rural GP/VMO work with the hope that they will fall in love with the experience and stay in Gloucester. In turn, registrars appreciate the overall experience they gain while training in Gloucester.

Ms Claire Doyle

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Claire has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months in her role as events coordinator based in GP Synergy’s Wagga Wagga office. In addition to her day-to-day role that includes delivering workshops for registrars, supervisors and practice managers, she contributed to the organisation of the General Practice Training and Education conference held in Sydney this…

Dr Jonathan Ho

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Jonathan has recently fellowed, and is working at the Riverina Aboriginal Medical and Dental Corporation, as a visiting medical officer in forensics, and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as working for headspace in youth mental health. As a registrar he displayed a passion for understanding the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Ms Lisa Harvey

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Lisa has been Practice Manager Peter Street Medical Centre in Wagga Wagga for the last seven years. She is very enthusiastic about GP training, and ensuring the practice offers the best possible training outcomes for registrars. Of the 12 GPs working at the practice, six are registrars who have stayed on as a permanent part…

Dr Chris Harrison

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Despite being a relatively new GP supervisor, Chris has received great feedback. Practicing at Ochre Health in Bruce, his approach to supervising has been to consider it as a learning experience for himself as well as registrars. One of our registrars said: “Dr Harrison is always sharing interesting articles and advances in research, he has…

Ms Shirleen Chand

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

As an events coordinator, Shirleen’s skills in organising events from GP registrar workshops to exam preparation workshops, are appreciated. She has provided excellent support to her local medical education team, always communicating effectively and going the extra yard to assist.

Dr Eliza Davis

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Eliza demonstrates all the attributes of an excellent GP. She has trained in several different areas of Sydney with very different demographics and in each she has worked hard to understand the local communities in which she practices. Eliza has been described by her peers as “dedicated”, “a role model for other clinicians” and “a…

Ms Julie Dominish

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Julie’s extensive experience as a practice manager and in general practice training, makes the experience of any registrar training at Hornsby GP Unit a very positive one. She is a key contributor to registrars learning about the non-medical side of general practice and supports them throughout the GP training process. One registrar observed, “Julie is…

Dr Simone Heiler

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Simone started at Hazelbrook General Practice as a registrar, eventually becoming a partner in the practice two years ago. She finds supervising a win-win as she is constantly learning from the interaction with registrars. Registrars, in turn, find themselves with a structured education program delivered with enthusiasm, patience and a high regard for their learning…

Dr David Lockart

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

New England/Northwest

Based in Tamworth, David is a medical educator recognised for his significant contribution to GP training in the New England/Northwest training subregion. His colleagues acknowledge his passion for teaching, his calm confidence in exam workshops and the ‘on-point’ advice he gives to registrars

Dr Phyo Kyaw

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

New England/Northwest

Phyo has been training in Moree and now Quirindi, and has made an impact in the practices he has trained with his enthusiastic and comprehensive approach to care of his patients, his training and learning. His diligent approach saw him receive the highest AKT score amongst GP Synergy registrars this term.

Ms Bek Hooley

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

New England/Northwest

As practice manager at Peel Health Care since 2014, Bek has displayed an ability to address and balance the needs of both registrar and supervisors in GP training. She loves getting to know registrars, supporting them through their training and seeing the fellow after all their years of study and exams.

Dr Lisa Bron

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

New England/Northwest

Currently based at Oxley Health Care in Tamworth, Lisa has been involved in GP supervision for many years. She is well known for assisting registrars who require extra support whether it be international medical graduates who have little established local support or the registrars who participate in her fortnightly practice OSCE sessions at her home…

Ms Leanne Ward

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

North Coast

Leanne started out with the Toormina Medical Centre in 1985, moving into a practice management role 12 years ago. Over that time many of registrars who’ve trained in the practice have stayed on with some even becoming associate owners. Leanne’s leadership qualities, combined with her commitment to always being available to offer support, encouragement, and…

Dr John Vaughan

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

North Coast

As a GP supervisor for 30 years, John has a long standing and passionate commitment to registrar education and training, he is an advocate for high quality training and the role of supervisors in the North Coast subregion. Supervising at the Ocean Drive Family Practice in North Haven he is also the North Coast supervisor…

Mr Grahame Skinner

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

North Coast

Grahame is the cultural educator for North Eastern NSW. He applies his knowledge of, and passion for, Aboriginal culture in the training of GP registrars and in working directly with key stakeholders in the Aboriginal health sector. Grahame’s ongoing support of his North Coast colleagues is appreciated, and not even a flood could stop him…

Dr Lucie Stanford

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

South Eastern NSW

Lucie has been a Medical Educator for more than 10 years, and is currently Deputy Regional Head of Education South Eastern NSW. Described as a quiet achiever, she is seen as a great role model and advocate, due to her dedication and commitment to supporting both registrars and staff. Lucie also practises in a part-time…

Dr Costa Boyages

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

South Eastern NSW

Costa is a registrar dedicated to his local community whether it be meeting the medical needs of newly arrived Tibetan refugees or teaching local medical students. Costa is devoted to the future of general practice and is an advocate through his role as Illawarra Shoalhaven representative on AMA NSW Council and General Practice – Registrar…

Ms Gail Lloyd

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

South Eastern NSW

Gail has recently had her 20th anniversary at the Junction Street Family Practice, over that time the practice has grown as has her role. Over the practice’s 14 years of training registrars, Gail has enjoyed the enthusiasm and eagerness of registrars to learn, and her role in making it an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Gail’s…

Dr Francis Antonio

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

South Eastern NSW

One of our long-term GP supervisors, Francis is based at the Meroo Street Family Practice and has been supervising since 1999. Over that time he has supervised nearly 40 registrars. In addition to being a dedicated, supportive and through supervisor, he goes above and beyond to ensure registrars have a good work-life balance and those…

Dr Anna Windsor

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Western NSW

As Regional Head of Education Western NSW Anna leads a medical education team responsible for delivering a high-quality GP education and training program that meets the needs of communities in Western NSW. Since taking on the role in 2016, Anna has been a key member of GP Synergy’s team including taking an active role in…

Dr Kerrie Stewart

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Western NSW

Now in her third term of GP training Dr Stewart has undertaken all her GP training in Parkes, and before that was based at Dubbo Hospital. Dr Stewart received the highest score amongst Western NSW candidate sitting RACGP exams last term, and she has been happy to share her knowledge of general practice by supporting…

Ms Sheree Quinn

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

Western NSW

Born and bred in Broken Hill, Sheree began working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 2004 and has been practice manager at the Clive Bishop Medical Centre since it opened its doors three years ago. Sheree thinks the best thing about working with registrars is the passion they have for wanting to help people…

Dr Hadi Mirisaee

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Hadi has been a business systems analyst with GP Synergy since July 2016. In that time, Hadi has enabled significant changes to be made to the functioning of GPrime. In part this has been due to his analytical mind, attention to detail and collaborative style. According to Hadi’s nominations he is a pleasure to work…

Dr Sheila Frater

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

Western NSW

Dr Frater came to Australia from Scotland in 1988 for six months and ended up staying and becoming a passionate advocate for Dubbo and Western NSW. A dedicated GP Supervisor, she has been supervising GP registrars for 15 years and throughout that time has kept her knowledge up-to-date as a frequent participant in training weekends,…

Ms Jani Mal

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2017

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Jani has been with GP Synergy since 2010, when she joined the organisation as the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program Manager. In 2015 she moved into practice accreditation and is the Accreditation Team Leader. Jani is described as friendly, helpful, extremely organised and an asset to GP Synergy.

Dr John-Alec Tynan

Registrar of the Year Award, 2017

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr John-Alec obtained the highest Royal Australian College of General Practice exam scores in NSW and ACT in 2016/2017. As a registrar his approach was pro-active and hardworking, maintaining a high standard of medicine and being an advocate for general practice. John-Alec was also always ready to support registrars less experienced than himself through their…

Ms Cheryl Walker

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2017

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Cheryl has spent the last nine years as practice manager at the University of NSW Health Service, but all up has been a practice manager for more than 25 years. She loves her work and the opportunity to work with registrars and provide them with insight into general practice. Registrars appreciate Cheryl for the team…

Dr Timothy Diep

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2017

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Timothy is based at Redfern Station Medical Centre and Hyde Park Medical Centre, he is one of our wonderful long-term supervisors having been a supervisor for more than 10 years. As a supervisor he is both approachable and dedicated. Timothy’s willingness to support those registrars who require extra assistance during their training, was a recurring…

Prof Parker Magin

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2017

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…

Dr Jo Crookes

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Dr Jo Crookes is a GP at Phillip Medical and Dental Centre in Phillip ACT. A dedicated supervisor, Jo is an ardent believer of patient centred care and she is unparalleled in building rapport with patients. She is an inspirational role model, with one of her registrars stating “she has spurred me to seek and…

Leanne Clee

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Leanne is the longstanding practice manager at Cootamundra Medical Practice which has supported GP training for many years. Through the transition period Leanne has been a constructive source of feedback, always being positive and committed to providing a well-functioning teaching practice to support GP registrars.

Dr Rachael Fikkers

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Based in the Murrumbidgee area, Rachael first became interested in rural general practice during her rural medical student rotations before securing a rural cadetship. After completing medical school in Wollongong she moved to Wagga Wagga where she completed her residency and advanced diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology. Rachael has a passion for Aboriginal and Torres…

Jodie Hay

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

Murrumbidgee & ACT

Jodie is the Practice Liaison and Support Officer (PLSO) based in the GP Synergy Wagga Wagga office. Jodie has worked tirelessly liaising with practices this year through the changes remaining committed, professional, and well respected. A practice manager in the area stated “Jodie has been extremely helpful over the past 10 months with the transiting…

Dr Rob Parsons

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

New England/Northwest

Dr Rob Parsons has been a GP Supervisor in Gunnedah for many years and has always supported new procedural registrars starting their Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) practice in obstetrics and anaesthesia. He has also acted as a mentor for procedural and rural generalist trainees and helped GP Synergy staff develop a better understanding of the…

Dr Ann Ellacott

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

South Eastern NSW

Dr Ann Ellacott is a GP at Thirroul Medical Practice. She is a long-standing GP supervisor and tutors medical students from the University of Wollongong. Ann has been commended for her approach to teaching, providing registrars and students with encouragement, support, knowledge and as much time as they need. Her door is always open to…

Dr Louise Baker

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

Western NSW

Dr Louise Baker has long been a strong advocate of rural GP procedural training and works as a GP Obstetrician at Cowra. She has a strong interest in rural workforce succession planning and medical education having worked with RACGP, ACRRM, Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS), Rural Doctors Association of NSW, and a senior lecturer with…

Louise Warry

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

Western NSW

Louise is a practice manager at Busby Medical Practice in Bathurst. She is a hard working practice manager who puts in a lot of effort to engage and inspire the whole team and create a happy and fluent work place. As a practice principal, she has been involved in the recent redevelopment of the practice…

Dr Hugh Le Lievre

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Western NSW

Dr Hugh Le Lievre is a GP registrar who has been actively advocating for GP registrars in the Western NSW region during a period of change for many registrars. He is an advocate at regional advisory council meetings, an active participant at registrar workshops and works collaboratively with local GP Synergy staff to enhance training…

Darren Green

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

Western NSW

Darren Green is the manager of GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit. The unit was formed early in 2016 under the direction of GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee. As head of this team, Darren is instrumental in driving the implementation and development of GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres…

Jodie Edwards

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

South Eastern NSW

Jodie is a longstanding practice manager at Worrigee Street Medical Centre in Nowra which has supported GP training for many years. Jodie carries out the registrar orientation with precision, right from the orientation pack of paperwork including local allied health providers and useful referral advice, to the checking her list so that she ensures everything…

Dr Kelly Mitchell

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

South Eastern NSW

Dr Kelly Mitchell is a GPT2 registrar currently practising at Grand Pacific Health in Nowra. Kelly has developed a strong following of patients who are very grateful for her care. She has been seen to involve the patient in the appropriate management plan and provide good follow up and safety netting advice. Her enthusiasm for…

Dr Allison Miller

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

South Eastern NSW

Dr Allison Miller has been involved in the training of GP registrars for many years. She was a former medical educator and then Director of Training for Coast City Country GP Training, and she is now Regional Head of Education South Eastern NSW for GP Synergy. In this year of change Allison has gone above…

Nina Hooker

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

New England/Northwest

Nina is the long-standing practice manager of Barton Lane Practice in Tamworth. During this time, she has mentored and supported countless registrars as part of their GP training journey. She runs an outstandingly efficient practice and has always been willing to help GP Synergy with registrar training. Her record keeping is exemplary and she is…

Dr Sam Baker

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

New England/Northwest

Dr Sam Baker is a rural pathway registrar who completed her training in March 2016. She undertook her GP training across a variety of training positions within the New England/Northwest region including an academic post with the University of New England/Northwest. Sam was a longstanding Registrar Liaison Officer during her training, providing an important advocacy…

Dr Donna Quinn

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

New England/Northwest

Dr Donna Quinn began her medical education career as a casual CT Visitor with the then New England Area Training Service (NEATS), gradually building her involvement with GP Synergy to become one of the region’s most committed, dedicated and hardworking senior medical educators. A GP in Glen Innes, Donna juggles a demanding rural GP workload…

Dr Colin Gunter

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Colin Gunter is a GP at Carlingford – Epping Surgery and has special interests in paediatrics, antenatal care and medical education. He has been instrumental in providing quality education and training experiences for the registrars employed in his practice. With a clear and comprehensive understanding of the GP training program, he offers structured and…

Veronica Krzyszton

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Veronica is the longstanding practice manager at Faulconbridge Health Centre which has supported 35 registrars in the last six years. She is committed to providing a great experience to registrars, offering them a conducive environment to work and learn in. She facilitates the placements at the practice by supporting the registrars from end to end,…

Dr Su-Yin Yeong

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Su-Yin Yeong is currently in her GPT2 term at Hunts Avenue Medical Practice in Eastwood and MyHealth Medical Centre in Meadowbank. Su has a keen interest in women’s health, children’s health and chronic disease. She also has an interest in academia and research. Recently Su wrote a research project titled ‘Rubella immunity and screening…

Emie Roy

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Emie is the Practice Liaison and Support Officer (PLSO) for the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney subregion. Emie has been a valuable member of the team since she started in the beginning of the year. As a previous employee of WentWest, Emie brought with her a wealth of knowledge about the practices in the Western…

Heidi Heinz

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Heidi has done a fantastic job in her role as educational coordinator. In a very short space of time she learned an enormous amount about policies, procedures and systems while remaining level-headed and positive. More importantly, Heidi has developed a working knowledge of and supportive relationships with the registrars and is the vital link between…

Dr Su-Yin Yeong

NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award, 2016

Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney

Dr Su-Yin Yeong is currently in her GPT2 term at Hunts Avenue Medical Practice in Eastwood and MyHealth Medical Centre in Meadowbank. Su has a keen interest in women’s health, children’s health and chronic disease. She also has an interest in academia and research. Recently Su wrote a research project titled ‘Rubella immunity and screening…

Dr Maya Eamus

NSW/ACT ACRRM Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Dr Maya Eamus began GP training in 2013 and fellowed from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in August this year. Maya undertook all her GP training in Western NSW, first at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and then at Gundagai Medical Centre where she also undertook her Advanced Specialised Training term. Maya has…

Dr Sam Baker

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Dr Sam Baker is a rural pathway registrar who completed her training in March 2016. She undertook her GP training across a variety of training positions within the New England/Northwest region including an academic post with the University of New England/Northwest. Sam was a longstanding Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) during her training, providing an important…

Dr Marisa Magiros

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Marisa Magiros is an asset to the GP Synergy medical education team. Marisa always puts in an incredible effort with her work and is extremely passionate about general practice and GP training. She is always well prepared for any education she delivers and always puts her hand up to help others. She has instigated…

Dr Sara Chohan

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Sara Chohan has been a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) with GP Synergy during a period of change and uncertainty for registrars. During this time, Sara has always put the interests of registrars first and foremost, but done so with a collaborative and cooperative approach. She has shown a genuine commitment to her advocacy role,…

Penny Mills

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Penny is the manager of The Leichhardt General Practice, and former practice manager at headspace Chatswood and Brookvale. During this time, she has mentored and supported countless registrars as part of their GP training journey. She runs an outstandingly efficient practice and has always been willing to help where she can. Penny strives to manage…

Dr Efy Alexandratos

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney

Dr Efy Alexandratos is a dedicated GP and supervisor from Earlwood General Practice. Efy is an excellent role model who creates rapport with patients and colleagues and as such, is well respected by registrars, colleagues and patients alike. She goes over and beyond what one would expect of a supervisor and stays behind to support…

Dr Ronald Wai

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Currently training on the Central Coast of NSW, Dr Ronald Wai has been praised by his patients for his thoroughness and care and by practice staff for his considerate and hard working nature. His supervisor is impressed with his passion and drive. Ronald has demonstrated a keen interest in preventative health care and education. This…

Anne Curtis

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Anne has been practice manager at Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre for many years and has helped it become a flagship rural practice for GP training in the region. She effectively organises registrars into the practice and caringly supports them during their time there. Anne capably demonstrates the vital role of the practice manager in facilitating…

Dr Mark Peterson

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dr Mark Peterson has been a supervisor from the start of regionalised GP training. With his wife and fellow supervisor Clare van Rooy he runs a successful training practice in Bonnells Bay. Registrars consistently appreciate his enthusiasm and passion for teaching which is high quality and generous. He has been said to excel in all…

Jo Sayer

GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award, 2016

North Coast

Jo is the education coordinator for the North Coast region. She has extensive knowledge across many facets of GP training. She is well regarded amongst GP registrars as someone who is prompt to respond to their queries and is honest in her feedback and advice. She has a commitment to quality and delivering outcomes in…

Drs Uma Selvanathan-Orr and Susan Tyler Freer

Registrar of the Year Award, 2016

North Coast

Registrars Drs Uma Selvanathan-Orr and Susan Tyler Freer are both GP Registrar Medical Educators (RegMEs) who have shown great leadership in a number of facets – they have fitted into the North Coast medical education team with ease, are highly regarded by the peers and mentors, and are known for their professionalism and enthusiasm to…

Christine Kingsbury

Practice Manager of the Year Award, 2016

North Coast

Christine is the long-standing practice manager of Ocean Drive Family Practice in North Haven. Her experience in general practice is evident on a daily basis. She is an excellent problem-solver and intermediary for difficult situations, and is great at helping registrars navigate a complicated billing system. Christine was successful with winning a grant to enhance…

Dr Sam Nelapati

Supervisor of the Year Award, 2016

North Coast

Dr Sam Nelapati has over 15 years experience in general practice and has a special interest in tropical medicine, ophthalmology and skin cancer. He has taken on the challenge of GP training with an enormous amount of dedication and enthusiasm, he has also made the time to act as a clinical teaching visitor for GP…

Dr Anne Eastwood

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2016

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…

Dr Chandelle Whitfield

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2015

The 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement by a Registrar Award was recently completed general pathway registrar, Dr Chandelle Whitfield. Chandelle commenced training in 2013, and is currently practising as a GP in a southern Sydney training practice where she decided to stay on after achieving fellowship.

Dr Debbie McGowen

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2015

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….

Dr Daniel Fanous

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2014

The 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement by a Registrar Award was recently completed general pathway registrar, Dr Daniel Fanous. Daniel started his training with GP Synergy in 2011. He is now an independent GP practising in a southwestern Sydney GP Synergy training practice.

Dr Timothy Senior

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2014

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.

Dr Adam McKeag

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2013

The 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement by a Registrar Award was completed general pathway registrar, Dr Adam McKeag. Adam is now a fellowed GP, practising in one of his former training practices in southern Sydney.

Vanessa Moran

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2013

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…

Dr Cheryl Cheong

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2012

The 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement by a Registrar Award was Dr Cheryl Cheong. A general pathway registrar, Cheryl is a general pathway registrar completed her training across Sydney and New England/Northwest NSW. Cheryl was also the recipient of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Tony Buhagiar Memorial Medal – awarded…

Dr Richard Loizou

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2012

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…

2011 Dr Vanessa Jones

NSW/ACT RACGP Registrar of the Year Award, 2011

The recipient of the 2011 the Outstanding Academic Achievement by a Registrar Award was Dr Vanessa Jones. Vanessa is a general pathway registrar who has undertaken her training across Sydney and in Bathurst. Vanessa was the GP Synergy registrar that scored the highest overall mark in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) fellowship…

Dr Eloise Warren

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award, 2011

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.

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