Training the next generation of GPs takes a team effort, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 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 150 accredited training facilities across the North Coast, training 200 registrars, the GP training network in the region 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.
North Coast Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr Ruth Tinker
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 Ruth delivers high quality teaching to registrars including additional teaching when required and is also willing to advocate on their behalf if required.
North Coast Practice Manager of the Year Award – Ms Tara Webster
Tara has been a practice manager for over 10 year, 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 its GP training opportunities. She has developed a comprehensive practitioner induction protocol developed primarily for registrars and is always available to assist registrars. Tara organises out-of-hours education sessions, one-on-one mentoring, team building events and staff dinners to create a holistic culture of support and teamwork.
North Coast Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Rahul Mohan
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 the practice’s quality assurance activities including tutoring staff on use of the QPA accreditation portal. Rahul has connected with practice staff and patients at Greenmeadows Medical, impressing all with his eagerness to succeed in all that he turns his hand too.
North Coast Staff Member of the Year award – Ms Shan Chow
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 service and problem-solving skills. She is responsive and dedicated to achieving the best for GP Synergy.