On 9th of December 2011, Kardinia Health hosted the presentation of the inaugural GMHBA Primary Care Award.
The award kindly donated by GMHBA Health Insurance, was made available to students who had undertaken a clinical placement at Kardinia Health in 2011. The award gives recognition to the importance of primary care in the general practice setting, and encourages students to reflect on their experience and of the role of the multidisciplinary team in primary care.
Kardinia Health and GMHBA was proud to announce the inaugural winner- Miss Jacqueline Evans, 4thyear Deakin University Medical Student. Jacqueline has been a part of the first Deakin University Medical school medical student cohort (2008), coming from regional Queensland.
“My placement at Kardinia Health was extremely valuable to me and reinforced this sentiment (of becoming a Doctor). I was fortunate enough to see patients from all different walks of life with a wide variety of both common and uncommon health complaints. I highly enjoyed my experience at Kardinia Health and am very appreciative of how it opened up the world of the GP to me” Jacqueline said.
This is the first primary care award offered by Kardinia Health in partnership with GMHBA. Eligible candidates were invited to submit a 500 word essay outlining the value of their clinical placement at Kardinia Health.
GMHBA Health Insurance is a supporter of Kardinia Health and believe the provision of student training opportunities in General Practice is crucial for the region.
“Training and retaining GPs locally is important to ensure the primary health care needs of the region are met. GMHBA is proud to support Kardinia Health and to make this award available” GMHBA CEO, Mark Valena said.
Kardinia Health is pleased that over 60 medical, nursing and allied health students from various universities have completed a placement at the clinic in 2011. Kardinia Health continues to support other local GP practices to build a higher capacity to allow students to experience high quality placements in the general practice/multidisciplinary setting.
Picture: (L-R) Mr Mark Valena (CEO, GMHBA), Miss Jacqueline Evans (4th year Deakin Medical StudenT0, Miss Megan Somerville (General Manager, Kardinia Health), Dr Tim Denton (Chair, Kardinia Health)