Leanne Ward, Toormina Medical Centre and Sawtell Medical Centre Practice Manager, was awarded North Coast Practice Manager of the Year.
Born and bred in the local area, Ms Ward began working with the Toormina Medical Centre in 1985 and has been practice manager for the last 12 years.
“I’m very humbled to have won the award, it’s such an honour.
“It is a joy to help and nurture these new doctors, and see their confidence grow.
“We have been extremely lucky over the years to have had many of our GP registrars stay on, some even becoming associate owners of the practice,” Ms Ward said.
John Oldfield, GP Synergy CEO, said there are currently more than 140 general practices and hospitals across the North Coast accredited to train registrars.
“Practice managers play a very important role in supporting the training of GP registrars.
“In addition to helping registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice, it is often practice managers that help registrars and their families settle into new towns for their training.
“If registrars realise what a great part of the world the North Coast is to live and practise in during their training they are more likely to stay here once they complete their GP training,” Mr Oldfield said.