Shoalhaven general practices shine in GP training awards - GP Synergy

Shoalhaven general practices shine in GP training awards

Dr Francis Antonio receives his award from GP Synergy Director Brett Cowling

Local general practices in Bomaderry, Nowra and Berry have swept the field at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Wollongong last night.

The awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training, are awarded to the South Eastern NSW Supervisor of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year, Registrar of the Year and GP Synergy Employee of the Year.

Leading the charge for the Shoalhaven, Dr Francis Antonio of the Meroo Street Family Practice has been supervising GP registrars in his practice since 1999, supervising nearly 40 registrars in that time.

“It’s very rewarding when I see a former registrar that I supervised from their first term of GP training become a fellowed GP and a supervisor themselves,” Dr Antonio said.

Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local GP training provider, GP Synergy, said there are currently more than 150 registrars training across South Eastern NSW from Wollongong in the north, down to the Victorian border in the south and out to Yass in the west.

“We work closely with more than 150 accredited general practices and over 200 GP supervisors who play an integral role in ensuring these doctors receive high quality training to meet the needs of local communities.

“The GP Synergy awards night provides a welcome opportunity to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and award excellence in general practice education and training,” Mr Oldfield said.

Registrar of the Year, Dr Costa Boyages has been training at Berry Medical Centre and Junction Street Family Practice, with a background in international law and diplomacy he has found his niche locally.

“During training I’ve been very thankful to serve the two communities of Berry and Nowra and the cast of characters that have become a form of my extended family.

“Best of all, I get to live in paradise and needless to say, my long-term plans are to continue working in the Shoalhaven region,” Dr Boyages said.

Practice Manager of the Year, Gail Lloyd from Junction Street Family Practice, finds hosting registrars a pleasure due to their enthusiasm for learning about general practice.

“What started out as a means of meeting workforce demand in the early days has turned into something much more.

“We’re dedicated to having a practice that is committed to education and helping ensure we’re training the best doctors we can,” Ms Lloyd said.