Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) has congratulated its Director of Training Dr Bronwyn Carson, who has been named the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) SA/NT GP of the Year.
The RACGP Awards recognise the value of GPs across Australia, celebrating the achievements of exceptional individuals who go above and beyond to care for their patients and local communities.
Dr Carson is a true Territorian, having been born in the East Arnhem region. She is also a GP at Cavenagh Medical Centre in Darwin, alongside her role at NTGPE where she leads the training components of medical education.
She is passionate about striving for excellence in primary health care, and being an advocate for rural and remote communities to have a stable and sustainable GP workforce.
NTGPE Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pincus today congratulated Dr Carson.
"Bronwyn has been inspirational in advocating for the importance of providing excellent health services to people in rural and remote Australia, and training people to deliver these services,” said Mr Pincus.
"She rightly believes that good, affordable primary health care is a human right, and is prepared to work to maintain that belief in contemporary Australia.
"We're delighted Bronwyn, and her passion for primary health care, has been recognised with this thoroughly-deserved award."
Dr Carson, who was born at Yirrkala in East Arnhem before Nhulunbuy even existed, said that she was humbled to receive the award.
"I grew up in East Arnhem in my early childhood years and I was drawn back to the Northern Territory as an adult,” she said.
"Just the health care needs, the diversity of people here in the Northern Territory, draw me back again and again. It's an interesting place to live, and it's an interesting place to work as a GP.
"There's a broad range of medical need in the Territory.
“We've got a high percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living here in the NT who've got disproportionate health needs and often limited access to health care.
"I do feel that what I do is really useful for society and that's a great thing. That's a great motivator to get out of bed in the morning, feeling that the service you are providing is valued by people.
"I work to deliver holistic health care that incorporates a patient’s point of view, and I'm also committed and passionate about training the next generation of GPs.
"I feel very honoured to have received this recognition, and would like to thank our community and colleagues for their confidence in me.”
Every RACGP Awards finalist is an inspiring doctor and a central member of their community. Recipients of previous awards have devoted their careers to enhancing the lives of others, and recognise the privilege of having this role.
The national RACGP Award winners will be announced in November at RACGP's annual clinical conference GP20.
For more information, visit www.racgp.org.au/the-racgp/awards-and-grants/awards/racgp-awards