Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Royal New Zealand College of General Practice (RNZCGP) College Awards presented Saturday 27 July at the RNZCGP annual Conference.
College Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of exceptional general practitioners and community members. Among the winners were two of our members and one past member!
This is awarded to members and Fellows of the College who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work within their own communities. Community Service Medals were awarded to Dr Michael Miller and Dr Maree McCracken.
Michael wasn't in attendence to receive his award but below he is shown on screen.
Dr Michael Miller's colleagues describe him as a phenomenon. With his energy and expertise he has served his community in Whangamata for many years.
Furthermore, he has contributed much to rural communities all across New Zealand through his work with his Primary Health Organisation and the Rural General Practice Network.
Michael is the quintessential rural GP. He is embedded in his community, and provides 24/7 support to the people he lives and works with, via PRIME services (and every other avenue he can come up with).
Michael is a leader, a colleague, and a friend to many of us.
As the Mental Health GP Lead at Pinnacle, Maree has been instrumental in developing collaboration between Primary Health Organisations and the District Health Board since 2017.
Maree supported the introduction of a psychiatrist to the community service, which required her to demonstrate expert leadership and diplomacy skills.
Maree is committed to improving those skills through professional development. Alongside this work, Maree is a GP at South City Health, where she works with The People's Project to develop and deliver healthcare for homeless people.
For more information about the awards visit the RNZCGP website.