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Community Engagement Awards

Our Community Engagement Awards acknowledge significant contributions made by practices, supervisors and GP trainees to their local communities. Our 2021 awards were announced in June.

2021 winners

Dr Laura Nield

GP trainee Dr Laura Nield was recognised for her dedication to general practice and her commitment to community.

Laura made significant contributions to environmental causes, working on waste-reduction initiatives Alice Springs Zero Waste and Plastic Free Sunraysia.

She has also been active in health promotion activities including RunRona and the Kidney Health Red Socks Appeal.

Dr Libby Garoni

Supervisor Dr Libby Garoni was awarded for her contribution to firefighting, schooling and sporting endeavours in north east Victoria.

Libby has worked as a GP at the Mount Beauty Medical Centre for 22 years. Alongside her dedicated work with the Bogong and Gundowring CFA, Bright and Myrtleford equestrian groups and the Mount Beauty School council, this makes Libby a key member of her community and a worthy recipient of our community engagement award.

Anglesea Medical

Anglesea Medical was recognised with a 2021 community engagement award for launching a program aiming to create meaningful intergenerational connection.

The From 9 to 90 initiative uses letter writing to connect grade 3 and 4 students with older people in the community and was developed in conjunction with Anglesea Primary, Anglesea Aged Care and the Anglesea Men’s Shed.

Gateway Health Wodonga

A 2021 community engagement award was presented to Gateway Health Wodonga in recognition of the practice’s commitment to accessible in-practice telehealth, health promotion to the Congolese community and services for vulnerable community members.

The practice was able to carry out these community initiatives while also facing the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a noteworthy effort.

Read the practice’s acceptance submission here.

2020 winner

Dr Kane Treble

Dr Kane Treble is an RACGP GP trainee at Ontario Medical Clinic in Mildura.

Outside of his clinic commitments last year, he was instrumental, with his roles as the Mildura Base Public Hospital COVID Project Response Coordinator and the Sunraysia Community Health Services Respiratory Assessment Clinic GP Coordinator, in the creation of the SCHS Mildura Respiratory Clinic, which provided a COVID testing service to the local community.