It takes teamwork to train the next generation of GPs, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Dubbo last night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors, practice managers and GP Synergy staff were recognised.
Dr Angela Yates of Coonamble Aboriginal Health Service and Castlereagh Health Centre was named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Western NSW training subregion.
Dr Yates made the move to Coonamble in 2004 and has been here ever since.
“Over that time, I’ve supervised overseas trained doctors for the medical board, doctors training through the Remote Vocational Training Scheme and registrars training through GP Synergy with the Australian General Practice Training Program.
“Initially the motivation for training was workforce issues, rural towns are having the same problems attracting new doctors, and those of us staffing these facilities are getting older.
“I have found that GP registrars may have concerns about working in small rural sites, I hope we can encourage them to give it a go and show them that there is more support now than there ever has been,” Dr Yates 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 local GPs and accredited general practices to ensure GP registrars receive the training they require to understand and meet the needs of local communities.
“There are 110 accredited training practices across the Western NSW training subregion.
“With those practices training more than 130 GP registrars, the GP training network in the subregion deserves recognition,” Mr Oldfield said.