Hunter, Manning and Central Coast seasonal celebration - GP Synergy

Hunter, Manning and Central Coast seasonal celebration

Outstanding achievement in GP training in our Hunter, Manning and Central Coast subregion was celebrated at a seasonal celebration and awards night on 14 November 2019. The event, held in Newcastle, was a lovely celebration of commitment to GP training across the subregion.

Hunter, Manning and Central Coast Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr Christopher Boyle

As a GP for nearly 36 years and a GP supervisor for 30 of those, Dr Christopher Boyle has a reputation as an excellent supervisor and role model. His energy and passion for general practice is infectious. Chris and his team have made a substantial contribution to GP training over the years and to the development of the GP Synergy training program. In addition to the excellent feedback from registrars Chris’s teaching of medical students, has led to a number entering GP training on completion of medical school and acknowledging the time they spent in Chris’s practice. In addition to being a GP and GP supervisor, Chris is also involved in registrar workshops, is an RACGP OSCE examiner and clinical teaching visitor, and supports his community through volunteering.

Hunter, Manning and Central Coast Practice Manager of the Year Award – Ms Karenne Keane

Karenne has been with Kariong Medical Centre for the last 13 years, taking on the role of practice manager last year. Despite the short time as practice manager, Karenne has made an impression for her proactive attitude and for going above and beyond for her support of GP registrars. Registrars appreciate that Karenne is fast to act on any concerns or needs of practice staff, encourages team building and interaction through social functions and encourages their input at regular doctors’ meetings. In the words of one registrar: “Karenne has made my first two terms in general practice very smooth and enjoyable, I will be sad to move from this very inclusive practice”.

Hunter, Manning and Central Coast Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Emma Polkinghorne

Dr Emma Polkinghorne completed her GP training earlier this year, Emma was an ADF registrar undertaking much of her training at RAAF Williamtown Medical Centre. As a highly competent all-rounder, her confidence has grown during her training to become a highly proficient and caring GP. Emma also excelled in exams being the top scorer for the 2018.2 exam cycle. Her results reflecting dedication and lots of hard work. According to one of her supervisors: “Emma works conscientiously for her patients, establishes great rapport with patients and colleagues alike and is not afraid to ask questions or look up appropriate reference materials when she finds that she does not know something. Emma will take on complex, demanding cases and manage them superbly well. All of this is done with an unfailing sense of humour and good grace, even under pressure. When someone is needed to do that little bit extra, Emma will be there to pitch in”.

Hunter, Manning and Central Coast Staff Member of the Year Award – Dr Alison Fielding

Dr Alison Fielding is the Research Manager for GP Synergy, based at our Newcastle office. Her effort supporting the Research and Evaluation Unit to enhance learning that contributes to the advancement of the GP Synergy training program is exceptional. Alison provides daily organisational structure to the unit assisting the team to meet their goals. Alison’s commitment to rigorous research processes and to training junior members of the team in these processes, means that conference presentations and publications of the unit’s research contributes to the positive promotion of general practice as a profession. Her commitment to research projects contributes to a better GP training experience for our registrars.


Photographs from the evening can be viewed in our image gallery.