Training the next generation of GPs takes a team, and local GP training provider GP Synergy has recognised Lorraine Parker of Katoomba Medical Practice as the GP Synergy practice manager of the year for the Nepean, western and Northern Sydney region.
Ms Parker opened the practice in 2008, applying to become an accredited training practice nine years ago, as she saw benefits for both the practice and doctors undertaking their training to become specialist GPs.
"I had worked with GP registrars previously and always found it to be a very rewarding experience, as they bring new ideas and energy to a practice," Ms Parker said.
"I like to think we show our registrars a very positive side to general practice, with our wonderful supervisor Dr Sylvia Ireland sharing her knowledge and expertise, enabling them to develop the skills to enhance their future practice as a GP.
"I'm honoured to have been nominated for this award, receiving it indicates my support has been appreciated by registrars during their training at our practice."
Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said the training of GP registrars relies heavily on accredited general practices.
"Practice managers are integral to practices maintaining their training accreditation and in supporting the training of GP registrars," Mrs van de Water said.
"There are more than 280 accredited general practices across the Nepean, western and Northern Sydney region, currently training almost 420 GP registrars.
"GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary health care provision in local communities, undertaking more than 386,000 consultations across the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney region in the first half of this year alone," Mrs van de Water said.
She said it was practice managers that help registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice and often help them settle into a new community.