Pitt Town GP celebrated as excellent educator

Dr Sarah Beasley, GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney training region.

Dr Sarah Beasley, GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney training region.

Pitt Town GP, Dr Sarah Beasley says she has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge with others.

It sees her well placed as a supervisor and mentor to the next general of general practitioners.

In just her third year in the role, she has been named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney training region.

She received the title from GP Synergy, a government-funded provider of vocational training to doctors looking to specialise as general practitioners in NSW and the ACT.

Dr Beasley works at Pitt Town's Advance Medical Centre, the base where she spent the last year of her own GP training.

"Being a fairly young supervisor, I can relate to the training process, and how they might be feeling during their training," said Dr Beasley. "I feel that I can really be a mentor as well as a supervisor.

"I can also learn from the registrars as medicine is constantly evolving and I can definitely say that I have learnt a thing or two."

Dr Beasley said she hoped that like herself, when finished their training, GP registrars might become part of the local team.

"I felt incredibly humbled when I heard that I had been nominated for Supervisor of the Year for the training region," she said.

"It has certainly been a rough year in medicine, including for doctors in training, and it was gratifying to know that despite this I was still nominated, it's a very cheerful end to 2020."

GP Synergy CEO of local general practice education and training, Georgina van de Water, said that GP supervisors and general practice staff were an essential part of training new GPs.

"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," she said.

"GP supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring these GP registrars develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand and meet local population health care needs.

"Across the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney region, there are more than 370 accredited GP supervisors, training nearly 420 GP registrars.

"Although there can only be one winner, the annual GP Supervisor of the Year award provides an opportunity to reflect and call attention to the significant contribution and dedication of all of our GP supervisors."