Wagga Wagga locals were recognised for excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training in Murrumbidgee and ACT at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Canberra last night.
Lisa Harvey, practice manager at Peter Street Medical Centre was awarded Practice Manager of the Year Award and Dr Jonathan Ho was recognised as Registrar of the Year.
GP Synergy CEO Mr John Oldfield said that with almost 140 accredited training practices across the Murrumbidgee and ACT training subregion, training more than 125 registrars, the GP training network in the subregion deserves recognition.
“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.
“GP Synergy is committed to delivering a regionally-based training program that meets the needs of metropolitan, rural and remote communities, so it is great to see excellence acknowledged across the region,” Mr Oldfield said.
Dr Ho who has recently completed his GP training is working in Wagga Wagga and is now splitting his time between working at the Riverina Aboriginal Medical and Dental Corporation, as a visiting medical officer in forensics, and drug and alcohol treatment, and working for headspace in youth mental health.
“I’m enjoying the flexibility and variety of opportunities that a being a regional GP offers.
“I completed part of my training at the Riverina Aboriginal Medical and Dental Corporation and being able to serve the indigenous community, has been the best aspect of GP training in Wagga Wagga,” Dr Ho said.
Lisa Harvey is very familiar with GP training having spent 21 years at the Peter Street Medical Centre and almost seven years as practice manager.
“We are very much a team at Peter Street, and everyone contributes to the registrar program in some way.
“We currently have 12 practitioners working here, six of whom are previous registrars that have stayed on as a permanent part of the team.
“That demonstrates how successful the GP registrar training program is, and why we are so enthusiastic about maintaining our training program and ensuring that we offer the best possible training outcomes to our registrars,” Ms Harvey said.