We wonder every year whether GP Supervisors will receive some welcome recognition and reward for the work put into teaching the next generation of family doctors. Some 58 of our valued members will receive a Recognition of Service Award for 10 or more years of service to their communities as GP supervisors – training the next generation of family doctors. The joint GPSA RACGP initiative is an important contrast to ‘GP Supervisor of the Year’ awards which tend to single one supervisor out of the thousands that train GP registrars nationally each week.
We thank each and every one of you for the time, passion and commitment you all bring to this demanding, but also intrinsically rewarding role. Without a doubt 2016 was a year of significant change. While it hasn’t been without its trials, we’re mostly intact and continuing to train students and registrars to meet Australia’s future workforce needs. The excellent teaching and mentoring GP supervisors provide will directly influence the cost and quality of health care services over the next 30 years.
There are some worrying signs GP Supervisors will keep an eye on in the new year, but in the spirit of the festive season we focus on the GP Supervisor wish-list for gifts we would dearly love to see at the foot of the GP Supervisor Christmas Tree:
We are all past believing in Santa Clause delivering everything on the wish-list. We would like to think that all of these items are achievable for a happier and healthier 2017. History shows GP Supervisors are patient creatures… I wonder will we see any presents under the GP Supervisor Christmas Tree this year? We can only hope.
Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to supporting you throughout 2017.
Dr Steve Holmes