Excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training in Murrumbidgee and ACT was celebrated at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Canberra last night.
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.
“There are almost 140 accredited training practices across the Murrumbidgee and ACT training subregion, with those practices training more than 125 registrars, the GP training network in the subregion deserves recognition,” Mr Oldfield said.
Two NSW award winners were also recognised Dr John-Alec Tynan as the Royal Australian College of General Practice Registrar of the Year for receiving the highest exam scores in NSW and ACT, and Dr Bosco Wu who received the Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award for outstanding contribution to general practice research by a GP Synergy registrar.
Dr John-Alec Tynan obtained the highest Royal Australian College of General Practice exam scores in NSW and ACT in 2016/2017. As a registrar his approach was pro-active and hardworking, maintaining a high standard of medicine and being an advocate for general practice. Dr Tynan was also always ready to support registrars less experienced than himself through their training.
Dr Bosco Wu has been completing his academic post with the Australian National University – Academic Unit of General Practice, his complex qualitative research is exploring and understanding how empathy develops through medical training and how the practice of empathy in the clinical environment may be protective or a risk factor for emotional fatigue and burnout in GP registrars.
Despite being a relatively new GP supervisor, Dr Harrison has received great feedback. His approach to supervising has been to approach it as a learning experience for himself as well as registrars. One of our registrars said: “Dr Harrison is always sharing interesting articles and advances in research, he has enhanced my learning and been a mentor for how I would like to practice in the future.”
Lisa Harvey has been Practice Manager Peter Street Medical Centre in Wagga Wagga for the last seven years. She is very enthusiastic about GP training, and ensuring the practice offers the best possible training outcomes for registrars. Of the 12 GPs working at the practice, six are registrars who have stayed on as a permanent part of the team.
Dr Ho has recently fellowed, and is working at the Riverina Aboriginal Medical and Dental Corporation, as a visiting medical officer in forensics, and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as working for headspace in youth mental health. As a registrar he displayed a passion for understanding the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Dr Ho cites being able to serve the indigenous community as one of the best things about training in Wagga Wagga.
Claire has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months in her role as events coordinator based in GP Synergy’s Wagga Wagga office. In addition to her day-to-day role that includes delivering workshops for registrars, supervisors and practice managers, she contributed to the organisation of the General Practice Training and Education conference held in Sydney this year.