30 October 2017
SA GPs win 2017 GP of the Year Awards.
Monday, 30 October 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adelaide, South Australia
Two members of the GPEx community have been nationally recognised in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner (RACGP) Awards announced on Tuesday 25 October at the GP17 conference.
GPEx supervisor Dr Amanda Bethell was awarded the 2017 General Practitioner (GP) of the Year Award, recognising her outstanding commitment to the general practice profession, her excellence in primary healthcare provision and her significant involvement in training and continuing professional development.
Dr Bethell decided to specialise in medicine after reading the biographies of missionary doctors and learning of their adventures in remote places and the whole-person care they offered.
She proceeded to complete her fellowship in 2001. Her general practice training terms were spent in the Riverland, where she undertook the rural training stream.
Growing up in Mount Gambier, Dr Bethell always intended to return to the country to practice.
“I’ve been drawn to working in an area of need and I always intended to return to the country or mission work overseas. It was at an interview with a mission organisation where I realised that I was much more passionate about Australian healthcare than third world health.”
Dr Bethell is a GP at The Old Base Medical Centre in Port Augusta where she supervises GPEx registrars undertaking their general practice training.
She said she was shocked and humbled to receive the award.
“When I initially won the award for SA&NT earlier this year, I had no idea I had been nominated until I received a phone call from the (then) state president, Dr Daniel Byrne.
“To then receive the national award, I am over the moon.”
As a rural GP, she sees first-hand the impact of her healthcare on the Port Augusta community.
“Working in a rural region, you can really feel like your work makes a difference. It’s easier to see what the local issues are, define them and try to do something about them. People notice what you do – that’s why I’ve gotten this award!”
GPEx registrar Dr Adelaide Boylan was awarded the 2017 GP Registrar of the Year Award, which recognises her outstanding commitment made to the general practice profession, advancing her education and providing high-quality patient care.
Dr Boylan was equally surprised to receive the national accolade.
“I wasn’t expecting to receive the local award, let alone the national award!
“I was extremely honoured to be included among the group of nominees.”
Adelaide divides her time between mainstream general practice, aged care at GenWise Healthcare and teaching at the University of Adelaide.
“The diversity keeps you interested and more well-rounded.”
She also believes general practice is “the best job in the world”.
“People let you be a part of their life that you just would not imagine and you can take the career wherever you want.”
GPEx Chief Executive Officer, Christine Cook, is delighted to see both Dr Bethell and Dr Boylan receive such an honour.
“These awards reflect their commitment and dedication to general practice, and furthermore the awards are evidence of their invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of their communities.”
GPEx is the South Australian Training Organisation that delivers general practice training to doctors selected to specialise in General Practice in Australia. GPEx is a provider of the Australian General Practice Training Program that is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
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