Staff of GP clinics in the Shoalhaven have been recognised for excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training, taking out three regional and one state award at the GP Synergy Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Wollongong last night.
The training of doctors to become specialist GPs is a team effort with GP registrars completing their training in accredited local practices.
Dr Richard, Griffiths, a GP at Grand Pacific Health Nowra, was recognised as South Eastern NSW Supervisor of the Year.
“I was inspired to teach by an outstanding GP mentor when I was a medical student.
“I then started supervising GP registrars in 2009, apart from the satisfaction of seeing GP registrars succeed in becoming GPs, their youth and enthusiasm kind of rubs off on me, keeping me younger for longer, I hope!” Dr Griffiths said.
Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local GP training provider, GP Synergy, said there are currently more than 235 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 160 accredited training facilities and nearly 230 GP supervisors in the region 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.
South Eastern NSW Registrar of the Year, Dr Will Hawkyard, is training at Worrigee Street Medical Centre and North Nowra Medical Practice.
“I’ve really appreciated being well supported and trained by my local supervisors Dr Mike Browne and Dr Kate Manderson.
“It’s a friendly medical community here, specialists are very approachable and integrate well with general practice, the Shoalhaven Medical Association meetings help improve those relationships and strengthen the medical connections in the area.
“I love the region as a place to live, I plan to stay in the Shoalhaven with my family and continue to watch them grow-up enjoying this fantastic part of the world” Dr Hawkyard said.
Joint South Eastern NSW Practice Manager of the Year, Charise Morris from Grand Pacific Health Nowra, shared the award with Kim Weeks from Marima Medical Clinic in Goulburn.
“I really enjoy the opportunity to make the GP registrars’ experience a positive one, we have a supportive and encouraging environment with a strong emphasis on teaching and working as a team.
“Watching each registrar grow into confident and competent doctors, each in their own way, is very rewarding,” Ms Morris said.
Photographs from the event are available in our image gallery.