Training the next generation of GPs is a cooperative affair, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Dubbo on Tuesday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors, practice managers and GP Synergy staff were recognised.
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield said that GP Synergy is committed to delivering a regionally-based training program that meets the needs of metropolitan, rural and remote communities.
“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 almost 120 accredited training practices across Western NSW, training more than 100 registrars, the GP training network in Western NSW deserves recognition,” Mr Oldfield said.
The awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
Dr Frater came to Australia from Scotland in 1988 for six months and ended up staying and becoming a passionate advocate for Dubbo and Western NSW. A dedicated GP Supervisor, she has been supervising GP registrars for 15 years and throughout that time has kept her knowledge up-to-date as a frequent participant in training weekends, quality improvement studies and webinars. Dr Frater has been described as ‘a fantastic clinician, a great tutor, an amazing mentor’.
Born and bred in Broken Hill, Sheree began working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 2004 and has been practice manager at the Clive Bishop Medical Centre since it opened its doors three years ago. Sheree thinks the best thing about working with registrars is the passion they have for wanting to help people make a difference to their health. According to a registrar Sheree creates a safe work environment that is full of laughter, education and support.
Now in her third term of GP training Dr Stewart has undertaken all her GP training in Parkes, and before that was based at Dubbo Hospital. Dr Stewart received the highest score amongst Western NSW candidate sitting RACGP exams last term, and she has been happy to share her knowledge of general practice by supporting other Western NSW registrars in their exam preparation.
As Regional Head of Education Anna leads a medical education team responsible for delivering a high-quality GP education and training program that meets the needs of communities in Western NSW. Since taking on the role in 2016, Anna has been a key member of GP Synergy’s team including taking an active role in advocating for rural procedural training in Western NSW and ensuring she gets to know the region by supporting staff in everything from practice visits, to registrar and supervisor workshops to accreditation visits.