Dr Aniello Iannuzzi of Warrumbungle Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs, by being named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Western NSW training region.
Doctors on their journey to becoming specialist GPs spend two to three years training in community-based practice under the supervision of an accredited GP.
Supervising GP registrars since 2005, Dr Iannuzzi is motivated by the importance of rural GPs with the skills to also service local hospitals.
“I believe it’s important to give back to a profession that has been so good to me and my family.
“There are many aspects about supervising doctors in training that I enjoy including being able to share knowledge and experience to help them, whilst learning the latest trends and methods that they bring from the larger centres.
“In a small town having the company and banter with younger doctors is always welcome,” Dr Ianuzzi said.
Dr Iannuzzi was also recently named RACGP’s NSW Supervisor of the Year.
“It’s been a wonderful surprise especially given the trouble we had had attracting registrars to Coonabarabran over the last few years.
“I hope this award highlights the wonderful training registrars can receive in a small-town setting, in rooms, in hospital, on house calls and at the nursing homes,” he said.
Mrs Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said GP supervisors and general practice staff are an essential part of training our next generation of GPs.
“GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary health care provision in local communities, undertaking more than 142,000 consultations across the Western NSW region in the first half of this year alone,” Mrs van de Water said.
“GP supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring these GP registrars develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand and meet local population health care needs.
“Across the Western NSW region, there are more than 120 accredited GP supervisors, training nearly the same number of GP registrars.
“GP Synergy is delighted to be able to present this year’s Supervisor of the Year award for Western NSW to Dr Ianuzzi in recognition of his commitment to excellence in general practice education and training,” she said.
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