To become a rural generalist GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, and Dr Lisa Simpson is well on her way to achieving that goal.
On Tuesday night, she was named the 2018 GP Synergy New England/Northwest GP Registrar of the Year. The award presented by local GP training provider, GP Synergy, recognises excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
Dr Simpson made the move to Moree when she began her training to specialise as a GP at the beginning of the year.
“I’ve enjoyed the change after moving from Newcastle, my kids love living on a small property and I’ve enjoyed feeling part of the local community.
“I’ve found the medicine in Moree is challenging, being a rural generalist means providing not only GP services in the general practice I’m training in, but also being on call in the Emergency Department and looking after hospital inpatients.
“Rural generalists also work in our sub-speciality, mine is anaesthetics.
“Being a rural generalist GP is a demanding job and I’ve now got a greater understanding of its demands and rewards and am grateful my family and I came to Moree.
“I’ve found GP training to be very different from my anaesthetics work, where my role ended once surgery was finished, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know patients and being involved in their long-term care.
“It’s a great honour to win the award and I’m very proud to be recognised amongst my peers, themselves all excellent doctors,” Dr Simpson said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Simpson on her achievement.
“It is a pleasure for GP Synergy to recognise excellence and commitment in GP training.
“With rural generalist GPs playing a significant role in servicing local hospitals as well as general practice, their dedication to ensuring they have the skills necessary to support local communities is to be admired.
“There are currently more than 90 registrars training in accredited general practices across the New England/Northwest region, Dr Simpson’s achievement is certainly something to be proud of,” Mr Oldfield said.