Primary Institute scoops GP Synergy training Awards


The decision by the Primary Health Care Institute (PHCI) to invest heavily in GP education and support has been given an important boost after Michael Archibald was named “Practice Manager of the Year” and Dr Fadi Abouzeid won “Supervisor of the Year at the GP Synergy Awards in Sydney tonight.

Both award winners work as part of the Primary Institute team. This means the Primary Institute won the top gongs for both practice management support and GP supervision.

Dr Fadi Abouzeid is based in Campsie in NSW and he has been supporting the Primary Institute since its inception. He has a long history of working with both AGPT registrars and medical students.

“The award is very gratifying at a number of levels,” said Dr Abouzeid. “It shows the positive contribution the Primary Institute is making to GP education. And it’s also great to see our Campsie practice building a positive reputation as a training site for young doctors.”

Head of the Primary Health Care Institute, Mark Priddle, said the award spoke volumes to the efforts of Primary Health Care to play a more collaborative role in progressing medical training in consultation with GP training providers.

“Primary’s commitment to GP training goes right across the industry. There are many doctors who co-ordinate their training via the services of the Primary Institute who will never end up working for Primary. That’s fine by us because we take a broader industry perspective,” said Priddle.

Mark Priddle said the award by Michael Archibald was very well deserved.

“Michael’s position is unique in Australia in that he is responsible for overseeing the progress of all Registrars who come through the Institute program.” said Priddle.

Mr Archibald manages the registrar program for the Primary Institute and acts as the key conduit between Primary and registrar placements around Australia.

Michael said he was delighted to win the award.

“It’s a unique Registrar training approach by Primary and it’s showing great results for those that are part of it. It’s terrific to be involved in it,” said Michael.

GP Synergy is the sole provider of the federally funded Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program for doctors seeking to specialise as General Practitioners (GPs) in NSW and ACT. The GP Synergy awards recognise dedication and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.

The Primary Health Care Institute (PHCI) is the dedicated educational arm of Primary Health Care medical centres. The PHCI was established in 2015 to support Doctors, Registrars and Medical Students to do their best work possible. The Primary Health Care institute oversees a program of around XX registrar placements each year in Australia. 


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