GP training recognised at Newcastle awards night - GP Synergy

GP training recognised at Newcastle awards night

It takes a team effort to train the next generation of GPs, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Newcastle last night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors, practice managers and GP Synergy staff were recognised.

“There are currently 190 registrars training across the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast training subregion from Taree in the north, down to the Broken Bay in the south and out to Merriwa in the west,” said Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local GP training provider, GP Synergy.

“We work closely with almost 185 accredited general practices and more than 250 GP supervisors who play an integral role in ensuring these doctors receive high quality training to meet the needs of local communities.

“The GP Synergy awards night provides a welcome opportunity to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and award excellence in general practice education and training,” Mr Oldfield said.

Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award – Professor Parker Magin

Excellence in GP training can only be achieved if supported by a strong evidence-base, Professor Parker Magin has played an instrumental role in establishing GP Synergy’s Research and Evaluation Unit. Parker has led the unit and its collaborators in activities including the ReCEnT project, GP Synergy research projects, professional development for staff and supporting academic registrar posts.


Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr Wayne Halpin Australian Defence Force

Dr Wayne Halpin has supported many Australian Defence Force registrars in their training, and it is apparent that registrars respect Dr Halpin as a supervisor who is dedicated, clinically proficient, always approachable and also understanding of the needs of ADF registrars. (Dr Halpin was not present to receive his award)


Practice Manager of the Year Award – Ms Rachel Blanch Gloucester MediCo

Ms Blanch has been the practice manager at Gloucester MediCo for the last six years, she enjoys meeting new registrars and introducing them to rural GP/VMO work with the hope that they will fall in love with the experience and stay in Gloucester. In turn, registrars appreciate the overall experience they gain while training in Gloucester.


Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Gordon Lau Peninsula Medical Centre

Currently in his GPT2 term, Dr Lau’s wonderful enthusiasm for general practice is acknowledged. From his participation in training workshops to helping out with mock exams, his positive manner has been noticed by patients, training practices, colleagues and GP Synergy staff.


GP Synergy Employee of the Year Award – Ms Jacky Porter

Ms Porter joined GP Synergy in 2013 as the events coordinator for the New England/Northwest subregion, and moved into the program support and event coordinator role in Newcastle in 2016. She is a dedicated and hardworking member of the events team, who is tireless in her efforts to achieve the best outcomes, and always willing to assist others.