GP Synergy Awards 2021 – Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney
Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney Supervisor of the Year – Dr Michael De Vries
Dr Michael De Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre, is a long-term GP supervisor. He and some of his peers decided in the 1990s they needed to be part of training and teaching junior doctors to help foster the next generation. Feedback from registrars sums up the value they see from having had Michael as their supervisor: "Michael has made my terms at Winmalee Medical Centre the most enjoyable and educational of my medical career so far, and I have found his mentorship and encouragement invaluable in my development as a doctor", "I have found Michael De Vries to easily be the most committed and supportive supervisor I have had during my training. His teaching explores the challenges of working as a GP, while often displaying the satisfying aspects, such as diagnosing uncommon conditions or eventually improving a disengaged patient’s health practices" and "Michel will routinely allocate more than the minimum required teaching time and demonstrates a genuine eagerness to impart his knowledge and experience. His demeanour encourages questions and I have always felt validated in seeking Michael’s advice".
Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney Registrar of the Year – Dr Brodie Hookins
Dr Brodie Hookins is in his GPT2 term at Molong Health One General Practice. Brodie is training on the composite training pathway so was supported to spend six-months training as a specialist GP in Western NSW, Brodie enjoyed his experience and elected to stay in Molong for a second term. The practice serves many surrounding small towns including Manildra, Cumnock, Cudal, Yeoval and Euchareena, and with the added pressure of the COVID pandemic and the need to vaccinate the community Brodie has gone above and beyond what is expected of a GP registrar in the provision of care to patients and dedication to his work in an incredibly challenging time. Although he has been isolated from his support network, his hard work, dedication and kindness to both patients and colleagues have been unwavering during what has been a very challenging year. Brodie has also promoted the benefits of training in a small rural town to other GP registrars, including his entry in the GP Synergy video competition that was awarded a special artistic merit award.
Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney Practice Manager of the Year – Mr Gary Smith
Mr Gary Smith is practice manager at Tindale Family Practice in Penrith. As a long-term practice manager with a commitment to GP training, the practice has contributed to the training of more than 20 specialist GPs. Gary believes that it’s important that the practice train specialist GPs so as to ensure that the profession of general practice has a place in the future and a standing in the local community. In turn, Gary ensures that registrars training in the practice are supported with orientation and ensuring that training requirements are appropriately addressed. His professionalism and thoroughness are appreciated by registrars who report they have had excellent teaching at the practice.