We are thrilled to announce the 2021 EV Award Winners. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and congratulations to all award winners and nominees!
The EV Awards recognise the knowledge, capabilities, and commitment of GP Training Practices, Supervisors, and Registrars across Eastern Victoria.
2021 Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Health
Dr Sophie Lindstedt
Sophie’s contribution and dedication to Aboriginal health has been felt throughout a variety of rural locations. She gained valuable insights into working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during her placements in Katherine and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory placements which she specifically undertook to improve her knowledge. Additionally, she has sought to extend her knowledge of Aboriginal communities through working in East Gippsland. Sophie understands the importance of the social determinants of health and how they impact on patient care. Sophie has always been committed to working with Aboriginal communities in order to help close the gap. She takes the time to build effective relationships with her Aboriginal patients and balance patient priorities against their individual medical needs. Sophie’s compassionate, culturally safe, and competent manner has seen her become highly trusted and sought after within rural communities.
2021 Registrar of the Year
Dr Raaghav Sudan
Raaghav is an enthusiastic and driven registrar with a strong thirst for knowledge. He strives for quality at all times and is very keen to receive feedback and better his skills. Raaghav takes the time to assist everyone where possible resulting in him being highly regarded and respected by colleagues and practice staff. He is a very capable, well-organised and an asset to the clinic. Furthermore, Raaghav’s compassionate and approachable manner saw him be a wonderful support for team members at difficult times, especially during the impacts of the pandemic. During COVID-19 lockdowns, Raaghav went above and beyond to contribute to his practice. He greatly contributed to the planning and implementation of strategies as well as use exceptional communication when faced with the challenge of working remotely. He represents excellence in his field and is driven to always act in a manner worthy of his profession.
Dr Karen Freilich
Karen is a devoted and passionate registrar committed to spreading medical education and information throughout the community. Karen is enthusiastic and eager to learn with special interests in sexual and reproductive health. Through Karen’s motivation to go above and beyond, her ability to listen, provide good medical advice, treatment and support to her patients is well appreciated and acknowledged. She builds outstanding rapport with her patients and she has an excellent reputation in the community. Karen is a valuable mentor and support to year 4 medical students on placement in the practice. Karen also provides valuable advice and experiences to the wider community through her work on the Humerus Hacks podcast and a regular segment on Sammy J’s ABC Radio Show. Karen’s medical knowledge, experience, and positive disposition have led to the segments being extremely popular.
2021 Supervisor of the Year
Dr Chris Ford
Chris has a strong dedication to his team and the wider Leongatha community. Through his natural leadership, Chris facilitates an open and supportive environment for all team members, both clinical and administrative. He enables opportunities for open discussion and two-way communication, being always available to offer support and advice. Chris is highly passionate about the supervision of registrars, ensuring that they receive the best possible experience. In addition to his clinic sessions, Chris takes part in providing quality after hours care to members of the community. Furthermore, he is devoted to providing much needed support to the youth of the community by running the Youth Access Clinic. Chris’ commitment to being a GP in a rural community has encouraged registrars to view rural general practice as a fulfilling, ongoing career path.
Dr Wendy Bernet
Wendy has touched the lives of many registrars, supervising more than one hundred over two decades. Wendy’s proactive approach ensures no educational opportunity is lost, and that the registrar is provided with an environment where questions and second opinions are encouraged. She is both an active educator and willing learner, dedicated to the professional growth of all. Always generous with her time and advice, Wendy has become an inspirational role model for many registrars and colleagues. In the 1990s she became one of the first female partners for a general practice clinic, resulting as a positive advocate for women in general practice. For over thirty years, Wendy has truly encompassed the essence of general practice; intergenerational care. She has provided exceptional care to the children of her patients, and then their children, making a valuable and important contribution to her community.
2021 Training Practice of the Year
Cunninghame Arm Medical Centre
Cunninghame Arm Medical Centre (CAMC) has devoted more than 25 years to training registrars by helping them feel part of the practice and wider East Gippsland community. They strive towards an incredibly supportive work environment where everyone works as a team and looks out for one another. CAMC regards education and supervision as a core activity and not an ‘add-on’ to normal practice activity. Registrars quickly become valued and supported members of staff. The practice develops flexible individualised learning plans for each registrar to ensure there are no gaps in their learning journey. They ensure that they are not only delivering clinical and professional supervision but also social and emotional support to registrars throughout their placement and beyond. Furthermore, the practice’s dedication to their community is exhibited through the opportunities they offer staff and registrars. The practice also encourages registrars to become involved in local sporting clubs, service clubs, and offering education activities and health services to local secondary schools.
Carnegie Medical Centre
Carnegie Medical Centre’s dedication to learning provides registrars with a holistic and supportive environment. They encourage their registrars to immerse themselves in the culture of the practice across all levels including clinical, administrative, and even social. The value that the practice puts on the workplace as the learning environment where situational learning, social learning, and work-based learning is facilitated has driven them to embrace every registrar. At the practice, learning goes both ways, as the team encourages registrars to provide feedback where possible, especially in regards to their comprehensive and practice specific Information Handbook. The practice supports the wider training environment by engaging with initiatives and programs which look at ways of improving the experience of all registrars. The local community has greatly benefitted from the incorporation of registrars through an increase in the diversity of the practice in experience, knowledge and demographics.
Previous Award Winners
Registrar of the Year – Rural Pathway
Dr Damian Hannon – 2020 Winner
Damian has made an outstanding contribution across every facet of general practice and is a valued and trusted GP registrar in his community, in his practice and amongst peers. He is a conscientious and enthusiastic self-motivated learner who often brings new knowledge to his GP colleagues. He has built a broad patient base and deals with a variety of complex medical issues to a very high standard. Throughout his training he has undertaken a number of roles advocating for rural general practice, supporting peers in the program and also junior doctors considering GP.
Dr Hannah Barry – 2019 Winner
Hannah brings knowledge and understanding of health needs to engage with the community she is working in. Her passion to assist, learn and help communities is shown through her health care with each patient. She has involved herself in services and further training in diabetes, reproductive health and sexual health to help with closing the gap. She also builds a bond and trust with community members and is particularly skilled at understanding their health needs. Hannah leadership with all staff is strong, from working with Aboriginal Health workers to support with their training of clinical education and health promotion, to support and participation with staff on Health promotion days.
Dr Romey Giles – 2018 Winner
Romey is an enthusiastic registrar who is keen to explore and learn new skills. A good self-motivated learner who motivates others to learn. Romey has taken on various leadership roles as part of her training and provides great support to her registrar colleagues. She has also identified health needs in the community and gained extra training in those areas. She has embraced life in regional Victoria with the same energy she shows at work.
Registrar of the Year – General Pathway
Dr Cheten Mistry – 2020 Winner
Cheten is a committed and supportive doctor to his patients, he has excelled in GP training, taking advantage of every opportunity to extend his skills and learn from others. He has contributed to the practice by developing practice resources on a variety of topics including weight loss, an area of special interest. He also contributed to COVID-19 practice planning and developed information resources for patients.As an EV RLO he has shown strong leadership amongst peers during this constantly changing environment and has been instrumental in establishing a mentor program.
Dr Thomas Dickson – 2019 Winner
Thomas has a clear and definitive commitment to the community and patient care. He has continuously demonstrated an empathetic and genuine care for individual patients. Thomas has an extensive knowledge and is passionate about his special interests – sexual health and mental health. His contribution to the profession is evident in the level of care he delivers. Tom places the patient at the centre of their own care, he supports, encourages and engages patients with a focus on their individual needs and lifestyle. His demeanour and manner coupled with his professionalism have improved patient engagement and outcomes.
Dr Pallavi Prathivadi & Dr Andrew Rawlin – 2018 Joint Winners
Pallavi is a passionate and dedicated registrar committed to encouraging routine evidence-based practice. She has incorporated a number of interests into her training and is involved in a variety of professional development projects and research projects. Pallavi is a life-long learner and truly enjoys studying, the pursuit of knowledge and exciting others about the potential of medicine and science.
Andrew has embraced his role as a GP and has made a lasting impression with his colleagues and patients. He is confident, flexible, willing to take on anything put to him, and has a strong desire to contribute. Involving himself in the different aspects of the training program shows a commitment to ensuring that the profession continues to meet the needs of registrars. Andrew is a wonderful team player and treats others in the community as valued, important and worthy.
Supervisor of the Year – Rural
Dr Mike Fitzgerald, Foster Medical Centre – 2020 Winner
Michael has been a devoted supervisor for many registrars over many years. He has a wealth of experience which he shares freely in teaching and gives honest feedback. He is always compassionate and easy to approach. Michael is well respected by patients and colleagues. He is a role model to the many registrars that train in the practice, as well as to his colleagues. His goal is clear, to help patients and their families in the community achieve better health outcomes. He works tirelessly, looks after a large number of patients, a lot of them with complex health and social issues. He always shows compassion to the patients and their families, and practices to an outstanding standard of family medicine.
Dr Lloyd Waters, Clocktower Medical Centre – 2019 Winner
Lloyd has been supervising registrars for over 18 years. He has dedicated his time and passion to the teaching of junior doctors – over 52 registrars. He has also worked with remedial registrars to ensure that they continue their education and training, and successfully achieve Fellowship. His approach to supervising is holistic and always very thorough providing registrars with excellent support. Lloyd is a dedicated and passionate supervisor, one who is committed to the future training of rural GPs.
Dr John Hackett, Wonthaggi Medical Group – 2018 Winner
John is a dedicated and passionate educator and supervisor. He provides excellent support to registrars, has developed various programs which registrars can participate in and is a fabulous mentor and role model. John is involved in a wide range of activities within his profession including teaching medical students and undertaking research. In addition he has initiated a number of community health programs.
Supervisor of the Year – Metropolitan
Dr Peter Mitchell, Cheltenham Medical Centre – 2020 Winner
Peter has a long career in general practice in the bayside area where he is has devoted over 20 years to his community. He has a strong interest in education and professional development for all GPs and practice staff. As a GP supervisor he has been an exemplary mentor and role model to registrars. Offering his guidance, time and experience, he enthusiastically supports trainees. He regards the role of a GP asmultifaceted – as a patient’s life coach, advocate, friend and health professional. He has made a valuable and positive contribution to his community, significantly improving the lives of his patients.
Dr Terence Heng, Nunawading Clinic – 2019 Winner
Terence is a dedicated educator and mentor to both current and past registrars who have worked at his practice. He is an innovative teacher and uses technology platforms to discuss interesting cases and learning points with learners. He is well respected within his community and much loved GP to his patients. Through his work, Terence shows both the medical community and the public that General Practitioners are able to manage a wide breadth of presentations to a very high standard, improving the image of General Practice.
Dr Niroshe Amarasekera, Carnegie Medical Centre – 2018 Winner
Niroshe is a passionate advocate for medical education since attaining Fellowship in 2013. Niroshe was instrumental in exciting her practice about the potential of Registrar Training, going through the initial EV practice accreditation and has taken on the role of primary supervisor. She models outstanding principals, and values as a GP as well as exemplary administration practices and protocols. She sets a wonderful example to GP registrars.
Training Practice of the Year
Tanjil Place Medical, Moe – 2020 Rural Winner
The team at Tanjil Place have a strong record of training good GPs. They offer a wonderful teaching environment and training culture, leaving no doubt for registrars that their training experience is a real priority. They are incredibly supportive of registrars and nurture them in terms of training and personal growth. The clinic offers a broad spectrum of experience to registrars including allied health. Feedback is forthcoming and staff are quick to acknowledge a job well done. The clinic is committed to servicing all the needs of their community, in doing soprovide registrars with a highly valuable training experience.
Bluff Road Medical Centre, Sandringham – 2020 Metropolitan Winner
Bluff Road MC have a long history of involvement in GP training. Quite apparent is their commitment to providing registrars with an educational home where they can “learn to fly” while knowing the GP supervisor is there to support them.Their ethos has been to create an environment where registrars can become the best version they can be as a fully-fledged GP.They have always put the educational and work life balance of the registrar as the top priority, realising not only is this approach in the best interests of the registrar, but also the patients and practice. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, the practice continued to deliver GP training at the highest level.