GP Synergy proudly announces GP registrar, Dr Rachel Turner as the 2018 recipient of the NSW/ACT Dr Charlotte Hespe Research Award.
The award recognises a trainee GP who has conducted research during their training that is considered outstanding.
Dr Rachel Turner’s research is about contraception, with the area of women’s reproductive health one she is particularly interested in.
“My research has examined GP registrars’ prescribing of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), including how often they prescribe LARC, their attitudes to it, and the barriers in prescribing LARC,” she said.
“The use of LARC is much-promoted by relevant organizations and in guidelines internationally, despite this, LARC is relatively infrequently used in Australia.”
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Turner on her achievement.
“Dr Turner, who in addition to her GP training has undertaken research in a specialised academic post, is contributing not just to the evidence base for general practice, but also informing GP training,” Mr Oldfield said.
Dr Turner currently splits her time between GP training at Cessnock Community Healthcare and working on her research with GP Synergy and the University of Newcastle.
“It’s a great honour to have your work recognised, and for me, a great opportunity to continue to communicate to GPs and policy makers the important issues in women’s reproductive health care.
“I have loved the balance between academia and clinical work, and this year I’ve been lucky enough to present at leading primary health care conferences and network with leaders in primary health research.
“A lot of doors have opened up and I’m currently working out which ones to walk through, which is a very privileged position to be in,” Dr Turner said.
There are more than 1700 GP registrars training across NSW and ACT.