Training the next generation of GPs takes a team, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Wollongong on Thursday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors and practice managers were recognised.
Kim Weeks, Marima Medical Clinic Practice Manager, was recognised as joint Practice Manager of the Year for South Eastern NSW, sharing the award with Charise Morris of Grand Pacific Health Nowra.
The long-time Goulburn local has spent her 17-year career as a practice manager at the Marima Medical Clinic, in the last three years becoming a co-owner with Dr Susanne Storrier.
“The award was quite a surprise.
“I really enjoy the diversity of the GP registrars and feel that the combined knowledge of the doctors and other staff here at Marima provides them with a unique educational experience.
“The quality of care locally is enhanced by our broad investment in education and training of our GPs, medical students and GP registrars, as well as our nursing team.
“We have a strong team focus in our practice and this allows us to ensure that the patients are getting the highest level of quality health care every time they visit the practice,” Ms Weeks said.
John Oldfield, GP Synergy CEO, said there are currently 120 general practices across South Eastern NSW, from Wollongong to the Victorian border and inland to Yass, accredited to train registrars.
“The role of practice managers, in practices maintaining their training accreditation and in supporting the training of GP registrars, is immensely important.
“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 this 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.
Photographs from the event are available in our image gallery.