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15 November 2021

NTGPE announces new Director of Education and Training

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Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) has announced that Dr Frances Poliniak has been appointed to the role of Director of Education and Training, starting on Monday (15 November).

Dr Poliniak, a General Practitioner and Medical Educator from Victoria, takes over from Dr Bronwyn Carson, who had held the role for the past five years before recently announcing her retirement.

Dr Poliniak’s clinical work over the past decade has been as a locum in rural and remote Australia, predominantly working in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, the Torres Strait, other areas of Queensland, and New South Wales.

Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pincus said NTGPE was extremely fortunate to have someone of Frances’ calibre join the NT’s sole General Practice training organisation.

“Frances not only has broad clinical experience working with Aboriginal health organisations and clinics, but is also a very experienced senior medical educator,” said Mr Pincus.

“She has previously spent time working in Central Australia and has a deep interest in cultural education.”  

“Frances is also passionate about lifelong medical education for all practitioners, and has a strong sense of social justice.”

“We’re delighted to have her on board to lead our GP education and training programs.”

Dr Carson, a former Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) SA/NT GP of the Year, has retired from NTGPE.

"Bronwyn has been inspirational in advocating for the importance of providing excellent health services to people in rural and remote Australia, as well as training people to deliver these services,” said Mr Pincus.

"She rightly believes that good, affordable primary health care is a human right, and was always prepared to work to maintain that belief in contemporary Australia through her work at NTGPE.”

“She worked extremely hard over the past seven years to ensure our registrars received a quality program and experience within the Territory, alongside her work with supervisors and training posts.”

"On behalf of NTGPE, I would like to thank Bronwyn for her outstanding contribution, not only to NTGPE, but also to the broader GP community.”