An interest in rural health, developed while at university, set Cowra GP Dr Teena Downton on a path to becoming a rural GP obstetrician.
Dr Downton last night was named the 2018 recipient of the Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award at a ceremony in Dubbo hosted by general practice training provider GP Synergy.
The award recognises a GP registrar training in NSW and ACT who has applied themselves to benefit general practice education and training, as well as the wider community.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Downton on her achievement.
“GPs like Dr Downton, who in addition to their GP training gain additional specialised skills in areas such as obstetrics, are directly working towards better meeting the needs of rural communities.
“Given Dr Downton’s additional activities as an advocate for rural health care, she is a worthy recipient of the award,” Mr Oldfield said.
After spending the last three years of her training in Cowra, Dr Downton who is now a fully-fledged GP, has plans to stay on in town.
“I decided to become a GP in my junior doctor years as I felt that it would offer me a challenging and interesting career where every day would be different, and I’d be able to learn something new every day.
“I then chose to train in Western NSW because it offered the greatest options for rural training.
“In Cowra I have been lucky to be able to learn from, and work with, some excellent mentors and supervisors who have been supportive of my goal of becoming a GP obstetrician.
“I’ve been able to maintain my emergency and obstetric skills by working as a visiting medical officer at Cowra District Hospital, in addition to working in community general practice.
“Cowra has also offered a great lifestyle, I’ve enjoyed meeting people in the community through park run, soccer and playing in a folk band,’ Dr Downton said.
There are more than 1700 GP registrars training across NSW and ACT.