Last night, general practice training provider GP Synergy proudly announced Moree Kamilaroi Elder, Val Dahlstrom as the 2019 recipient of the Dr Jeremy Bunker Outstanding Achievement Award at a ceremony in Tamworth.
The award recognises a significant contribution to general practice education and training, and the wider community.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield paid tribute to Aunty Val, who has had a long-standing role in GP training prior to joining GP Synergy in 2009 as the organisation’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer.
“Prior to working in GP training Aunty Val was employed by the Area Health Service for more than thirty-five years in the area of Aboriginal health.
“She was active in shaping many programs that continue to support the Aboriginal community, and is a key figure in numerous reviews, and publications.
“Locally she has been heavily involved in the direction and management of Pius X Aboriginal Medical Service, including serving as its longest chairperson.
“Helping GP Synergy direct our relationships and engagement with the network of Aboriginal medical services across NSW and ACT and their accreditation as GP training facilities, is just one of her many achievements,” Mr Oldfield said.
Honoured to be nominated, Aunty Val is proud to have won the award.
“Over the years, we worked for things that needed to be done to make systems and things better for Aboriginal people.
“Like the Aboriginal Medical Service Practice Manager Program, we needed to build governance structures and by having the medical services involved we built a sustainable, acceptable and better service for the Aboriginal community.
“Recently developing the Solitaire explore app was a good example of working with who you know and what you know.
“The app was a way to engage with the younger generation about Aboriginal history, I collated the historical facts and worked with the experts who developed the app and made it happen.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have been given to share information, both cultural and general, to make life better for our communities,” Aunty Val said.
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