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Award winning GMT supervisors

14th June 2017

Two James Cook University (JCU) GP supervisors took home awards at the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) 28th Annual Conference in Townsville (June 10).

Dr Claudia Collins and Dr Marjad Page were each awarded the inaugural Denis Lennox Medal.

Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, RDAQ Treasurer and Director of Medical Education at JCU's College of Medicine and Dentistry said the medal recognises outstanding Rural Generalist registrars.

“Congratulations to Dr Collins and Dr Page on their achievements.

“Dr Collins is from Mission Beach and trained in Rockhampton and Longreach. She has advanced specialised skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Indigenous Health.

“Dr Page trained in Ipswich and Mount Isa and has advanced specialised skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and in Anaesthetics.”

“They both completed their GP training with JCU and have stayed on as registrar supervisors.”

Dr Collins is now working in Gladstone at Nhulundu Health Services and is a co-Director of Rural Generalist Training.

She said she was incredibly humbled and surprised to receive the accolade.

“I was so proud to stand in front of such a crowd of esteemed rural doctors and call them my colleagues, and many of them friends as well,” she said.

“Their impact is huge on the way I practice medicine, and I hope one day to be even half as influential as they have been in my career thus far.

“Most importantly, I want to acknowledge my patients - all who have taught me along the journey of medicine and life - I thank them for allowing me into their lives.”

Dr Page works in Mt Isa at the Base Hospital and Gidgee Healing.

As a proud Christian, Kalkadoon, Waanyi and Ganggalidda man from Mt Isa, Dr Page said he owed the achievement to his community.

“They did the hard work to make me the person I am today and I am grateful for their support,” he said.

“It was an honour to receive an award in Denis Lennox’s name. He is the grandfather of Rural Generalism and if I, or any doctor, can be half the man he is then I think we are going to be providing great services to our community.”

The Denis Lennox Medal was established by the RDAQ this year to acknowledge the contribution of Dr Denis Lennox, who is Queensland Health’s Executive Director of Rural and Remote Medical Services in the Office of Rural and Remote Health.

He is the architect of Queensland’s widely acclaimed Rural Generalist Program, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the James Cook University, College of Medicine and Dentistry.

JCU look forward to continuing to train doctors to meet the needs of Queensland communities.

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