A local GP has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.
Dr Marion Tait of Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation was named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the North Coast training region, at a ceremony in Coffs Harbour last night.
Finishing her own specialist GP training about 15 years ago, Dr Tait then did further training to specialise in Aboriginal health, an area of medicine she is passionate about.
“I’ve worked at the Aboriginal medical corporation since returning to the area, my 10-year anniversary is coming up soon!
“Bulgarr Ngaru has been training GP registrars for quite some time, and I got involved in 2012.
“Supervising, guiding, supporting a doctor undertaking the last part of their specialist training in general practice is such an amazing privilege.
“I got involved with supervising as I had some talented and wonderful supervisors during my training, and I hoped that I could pass on their collective wisdom and skills to another generation of GPs.
“Being a supervisor allows me to offer a training experience to doctors who may not have had the experience of working away from the coast, or in Aboriginal health.
“I’m happy that most of our registrars have been welcomed by the Aboriginal community and Casino in general, so that they have chosen to continue to work with us,” Dr Tait said.
Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, said the awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
“The training of GP registrars relies heavily on accredited GPs and general practices to ensure GP registrars receive the training they require to understand and meet the health care needs of local communities.
“There are more than 250 accredited GP supervisors across the North Coast training region, currently training more than 200 GP registrars.
“The importance of the role of the supervisor in developing our next generation of highly skilled GPs cannot be understated,” Mr Oldfield said.
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