Canberra locals scoop GP training awards - GP Synergy

Canberra locals scoop GP training awards

To become a GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, as well as dedicated support teams in accredited GP training practices.

Two local doctors and a practice manager have been recognised for their excellence and commitment to GP training by GP training provider GP Synergy in their 2021 NSW/ACT GP training awards.

Major (Dr) Bob Worswick has been awarded the GP Synergy NSW/ACT Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) Registrar of the Year Award for community leadership, a strong commitment to rural general practice and sound academic performance.

To become an ACRRM rural generalist, Major Worswick gained skills in both general practice and emergency medicine.

“I would like to thank my ACRRM colleagues for their commitment to rural medicine and their service to rural communities, they are equally, if not more deserving of recognition,” Major Worswick said.

“In my case, my local community is the soldiers, sailors, and aviators of the ADF, who by virtue of their profession, sometimes find themselves in harm’s way.

“Being a rural generalist provides me with the extended clinical skills and knowledge to provide the care they need when deployed.

“I maintain my currency in emergency medicine by working part-time in a tertiary hospital emergency department.

“In the last year I have also taken periods of leave, and used this time to work in the emergency department of a rural hospital in South East Queensland, and in an indigenous community in remote Western Australia.”

During his training Major Worswick also spent three years as a representative on the ACRRM Registrar Committee and two years as the registrar representative on the ACRRM Assessment Committee making a considerable contribution to the college, and to all registrars training through ACRRM.

Dr Seren Ovington, currently training to become a specialist GP at Hughes Family Practice, has been named 2021 GP Synergy GP Registrar of the Year for Murrumbidgee and ACT.

“I chose general practice because it involves my favourite elements of medicine – diagnostic challenges, holistic health and long-term patient relationships,” Dr Ovington said.

“What I have enjoyed most about GP training has been getting to know my patients and the great variety in the work.

“Looking after babies and the elderly, managing emergency presentations and chronic diseases and everything in between keeps my days very interesting!

“I feel very lucky to have won this award and am grateful for my supervisors, GP colleagues and study buddies for all the support they have given me during my GP training.”

Ms Bernadette Simonsen is practice manager at Interchange Health Co-operative Limited, where her work helping registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice and supporting them during training has earnt her 2021 GP Synergy Practice Manager of the Year for Murrumbidgee and ACT.

“I’m lucky to work with such a great group of dedicated health professionals who are passionate about quality care and providing services to the disadvantaged,’ Ms Simonsen said.

“The GPs at Interchange Health Co-op have additional interests in drug and alcohol treatment, mental health, chronic disease management and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health.

“I believe that training GP registrars in these areas is important, as hopefully they’ll continue providing those services in their future medical practice, whilst it can be challenging and complex it can also be rewarding.

“The award is an achievement after what has been a long and challenging year, and an honour to just be nominated let alone win.

“I’m more a behind the scenes person, I usually spend my time talking about our wonderful team.”

Mrs Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said during their three-to-four-year journey to become a specialist GP, GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary healthcare provision in local communities.

“GP registrars have undertaken more than 170,000 consultations across the Murrumbidgee and ACT training region in the first half of this year alone,” Mrs van de Water said.

“With nearly 100 registrars training as ACRRM rural generalists across NSW and ACT, and 150 registrars training in 165 accredited general practices across the Murrumbidgee and ACT region, these achievements are certainly something to be proud of.”

“GP Synergy is delighted to recognise Major Worswick, Dr Ovington and Ms Simonsen for their GP training commitment and excellence.


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