North Coast GP training excellence rewarded

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Dec 8, 2017 | Hear from others | Latest news | Media releases

Excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training on the North Coast was celebrated at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Coffs Harbour 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.

“With more than 140 general practices and hospitals across the North Coast accredited to train registrars, the GP training network deserves recognition,” Mr Oldfield said.

Supervisor of the Year Award – Dr John Vaughan

As a GP supervisor for 30 years, Dr Vaughan has a long standing and passionate commitment to registrar education and training, he is an advocate for high quality training and the role of supervisors in the North Coast subregion. Supervising at the Ocean Drive Family Practice in North Haven he is also the North Coast Supervisor Liaison Officer, in both roles he is skilled and dedicated, to the point that one of his registrars recommended to GP Synergy that Dr Vaughan should be cloned.


Practice Manager of the Year Award – Ms Leanne Ward

Leanne started out with the Toormina Medical Centre in 1985, moving into a practice management role 12 years ago. Over that time many of registrars who’ve trained in the practice have stayed on with some even becoming associate owners. Leanne’s leadership qualities, combined with her commitment to always being available to offer support, encouragement, and guidance to registrars make her a practice manager that others feel privileged to work with.


Registrar of the Year Award – Dr Sally Gillespie

Dr Gillespie is in her Extended Skills term at the Queen Street Clinic in Grafton. Whether it is seeing patients or helping practice staff with their studies on her own time, her respect for others coupled with her abilities as a GP have seen her become a valued part of the practice as well as the local community.


GP Synergy employee of the Year Award – Mr Grahame Skinner

Grahame is the Cultural Educator for North Eastern NSW. He applies his knowledge of, and passion for, Aboriginal culture in the training of GP registrars and in working directly with key stakeholders in the Aboriginal health sector. Grahame’s ongoing support of his North Coast colleagues is appreciated, and not even a flood could stop him stepping up and delivering replacement workshops that provided registrars with cultural awareness training that they found invaluable.