Training the next generation of GPs takes a team, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Dubbo on Wednesday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors and practice managers were recognised.
Suzanne Towney, Swift Street Medical Centre Practice Manager, was recognised as Practice Manager of the Year for Western NSW.
The long-time Wellington local has been instrumental in many of the changes at the practice over the last three decades, including the practice attaining and maintaining its certification and accreditation.
“I’m very excited and very humbled to have received the award.
“I really enjoy meeting the GP registrars who move to Wellington to undertake their training in the practice, I consider my role is to be there for them and offer the help and guidance they need.
“The registrars all bring something different into our workplace and after 29 years I still love what I do and consider my rapport with the registrars to be of the utmost importance,” Ms Towney said.
John Oldfield, GP Synergy CEO, said there are currently more than a hundred general practices across Western NSW accredited to train registrars.
“The role of practice managers, in practices maintaining their training accreditation and in supporting the training of GP registrars, is immensely important.
“In addition to helping registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice, it is often practice managers that help registrars and their families settle into new towns for their training.
“If registrars realise what a great part of the world Western NSW is to live and practise in during their training they are more likely to stay here once they complete their GP training,” Mr Oldfield said.