We are delighted to congratulate the following students who have been accepted into the 2020 GP Synergy Medical Student Scholarship Program:
- Lachlan Arthur – ANU
- Alexandra Roberts – ANU
- Annabel Ferrari – MQ
- Oscar Boag Taylor – UND
- Rachel Davison – UNE
- Phoebe Lee – UNSW
- Kylie Ngo – UNSW
- Andrew Gibson – UoN
- Emma Gregory – WSU
- Thomas Nguyen – WSU.
Now in its eighth year, the program provides a platform where medical students can meaningfully explore opportunities available in academic general practice and the general practice profession, or further an existing interest in these areas. During the scholarship, recipients are required to prepare a general practice research project in-conjunction with their university’s academic GP unit (or equivalent) and undertake a rural general practice community placement in an accredited GP Synergy training practice.
Projects 2019 recipients participated include:
- Why do some medical graduates lose their intention to practise rurally?
- The impact of student-led health screenings in rural communities on engagement with primary care services.
- Clinical Audit of Smoking in Pregnancy and Associated Outcomes in Lithgow, NSW.
- The Safety Profile of Meningococcal ACWY vaccines: Given alone and in Combination with Other Vaccines.
- The Health of Australian Farmers: A cross-sectional study.
- Resilience and Retention of Mental Health Workers in Community-Managed Organisations (CMOs).
- Patient, GP, and cancer service provider experience of shared care for colorectal cancer follow-up.
- Specificity of GP registrar problem formulations in patients presenting with dizziness.
- Antibiotic prescribing patterns of GP registrars for infective conjunctivitis: a cross sectional analysis.
- Actual appointment availability at general practices in Central West New South Wales.
- Identification and Management of Skin Cancers in Primary Care: A Systematic Review.
- Identification and management of speech and hearing difficulties in children aged 0-5 within a general practice setting: a systematic review.
- Pakistanis in Western Sydney: attitudes towards mental health and mental health care.
Evaluations of the program have revealed not only positive experiences by participants but also significant increases in awareness and interest in general practice, but also awareness and interest in academic general practice.