Training the next generation of GPs takes a team effort, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Tamworth on Tuesday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors, practice managers and GP Synergy staff were recognised.
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield said that 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.
“With 64 accredited training facilities across New England/Northwest, training 90 registrars, the GP training network in the region deserves recognition.
“GP Synergy is committed to delivering a regionally-based training program that meets the needs of metropolitan, rural and remote communities,” Mr Oldfield said.
The awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
New England/Northwest Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr Julia Fomiatti
Julia is the Senior Clinician at Armajun Aboriginal Health Service where she is passionate about guiding registrars to develop the understanding, empathy and capacity required to deliver culturally competent services to Aboriginal people. She is also recognised for her expertise in skin conditions, and many registrars seek out her supervision to improve their skills in both skin conditions and Aboriginal health. Registrars feel that Julia is always encouraging them to do their best and that she is always there to support them, taking a real interest in their training as well as their lives away from Armajun.
New England/Northwest Practice Manager of the Year Award – Mr Peter Mullen
Peter is the practice manager at Integral Health Armidale where he has worked for the last four and a half years. He takes a special interest in the welfare of registrars training in the practice, assisting them with many aspects of practice life including their practice orientation, their accommodation needs and finding their way around Armidale. In addition to being a wonderful support to registrars in the practice, he is also very aware of the need for training and retention of registrars to meet rural workforce needs into the future and so regularly liaises with other practice managers to ensure registrars in the area are well supported.
New England/Northwest Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Lisa Simpson
Lisa is currently a GPT2 GPR in Moree. She is passionate about actively contributing to the community of Moree. As a rural generalist she has excelled at the challenges of GP training, working in the Emergency Department at Moree Hospital and as an anaesthetist. Lisa truly embodies what it means to be a rural GP and is to be commended for her devotion to the community and her tenacity in ensuring that high level health care services to the community continue.
New England/Northwest Staff Member of the Year award – Ms Tina Barwick-Taylor
Tina is GP Synergy’s Payroll Manager, having joined GP Synergy in 2009 she has ensured that our growing workforce has been paid correctly every fortnight. Tina played a pivotal role in the successful introduction and implementation of our new payroll system, going above beyond and above by putting in a additional time and effort to ensure that the transition to the new system went smoothly and staff were paid correctly. She is customer focussed and ensures she is always available to answer staff queries despite competing priorities.
Photos from the award night are available in our image gallery.