Leeton GP recognised for training next generation - GP Synergy

Leeton GP recognised for training next generation

Dr Simon Wallace of Leeton Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs, by being named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Murrumbidgee and ACT training region.

The long-term supervisor has been supervising since 1998, a year after he started work in Leeton as a GP and anaesthetist at Leeton District Hospital.

“I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with plenty of amazing doctors in that time,” Dr Wallace said.

“My motivation as a supervisor is two-fold, I strongly believe that the best way to attract doctors to rural areas is for them to experience it.

“We have had a number of our GP registrars stay in Leeton and continue to practice well beyond the end of their formal training which has been great.

“Secondly, by having new doctors from an amazing variety of backgrounds come to work with us, we not only have the opportunity to pass on our knowledge and experience we learn a lot from them too.

Dr Wallace feels very honoured to have won the award.

“It’s a credit to everyone at Leeton Medical Centre because the overall experience and environment provided for doctors in training over many years has been a combination of effort from all the team,” Dr Wallace said.

Mrs Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said GP supervisors and general practice staff are an essential part of training our next generation of GPs.

“GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary health care provision in local communities, undertaking more than 156,000 consultations across the Murrumbidgee and ACT region in the first half of this year alone,” Mrs van de Water said.

“GP supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring these GP registrars develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand and meet local population health care needs.

“Across the Murrumbidgee and ACT region, there are 210 accredited GP supervisors, training more than 150 GP registrars.

“Although there can only be one winner, the annual GP Supervisor of the Year award provides an opportunity to reflect and call attention to the significant contribution and dedication of all of our GP supervisors.

“GP Synergy is delighted to be able to present this year’s Supervisor of the Year award for Murrumbidgee and ACT to Dr Wallace in recognition of his commitment to excellence in general practice education and training,” she said.

 

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