Training the next generation of GPs takes a team effort, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Canberra on Friday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors, practice managers and GP Synergy staff were recognised.
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield said that the training of GP registrars relies heavily on local GPs and accredited general practices to ensure GP registrars receive the training they require to understand and meet the needs of local communities.
“With more than 110 accredited training facilities across the Murrumbidgee and ACT training subregion, training 180 registrars, the GP training network deserves recognition.
“GP Synergy is committed to delivering a regionally-based training program that meets the needs of metropolitan, rural and remote communities,” Mr Oldfield said.
The awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
Murrumbidgee and ACT Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr Pamela Whalan
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 within the practice but with registrars and supervisors within her network. A theme running through the nominations for this award is that Pamela is an excellent teacher, investing a significant amount of time and resources into registrar training that is tailored to an individual registrar’s needs.
Murrumbidgee and ACT Practice Manager of the Year Award – Ms Michelle Dean
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 most efficient service possible for the patients. Michelle enjoys the challenge of working closely with registrars to provide experience and knowledge in whole-of- practice based systems within the general practice environment.
Murrumbidgee and ACT Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Meredith Blackmur
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 dedication to building her clinical skills obvious.
Murrumbidgee and ACT Staff Member of the Year award – Ms Sue Hefren
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 described as the ‘go-to guide’ for every aspect of the Education Coordinators’ role. With her competing responsibilities Sue functions well under pressure, and always with a smile.
Photos from the event are available in the GP Synergy image gallery.