Strong advocacy wins Junior Doctor Award for Mandurah GP
The prestigious Camille Michener Legacy Award recognises the significant and outstanding contribution of WA junior doctors.
The prestigious Camille Michener Legacy Award, which recognises the significant and outstanding contribution of Western Australian junior doctors in the areas of teaching and education, leadership and advocacy along with the wellbeing of doctors and community service had three finalists this year.
Dr Michael Page, Dr Rosalind Forward and Dr Alison Soerensen were all nominated, with the award going to Dr Soerensen.
As a GP registrar, Dr Soerensen has been a strong advocate on issues affecting her fellow GP trainees, especially female practitioners. AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid congratulated Dr Soerensen, saying she had demonstrated strong leadership and advocacy skills in harnessing a broad range of advocacy platforms from the AMA to the RACGP, using them to promote cultural change in her profession.
In addition to those achievements, Dr Soerensen had advocated tirelessly on a range of issues on behalf of fellow GP trainees, he said. As a GP registrar, some of these include the RACGP national policy for breast-feeding mothers sitting their fellowship exams, the AMA National GP training policies and the GPRA Australian General Practice Training Program policies. Dr Soerensen continues to act as a conduit between individual trainees and the various training and education organisations, providing feedback to influence education and supervision protocols as well as provide direct advice and support to registrars experiencing training issues as a WAGPET Registrar Liaison Officer, and subsequently as the Chair of the WAGPET Registrar Advisory Group.
“Dr Soerensen has just started her career in medicine. But she already has made a strong impact. We look forward to watching her achievements in years to come,” Dr Khorshid said.
In accepting the magnificent hand-crafted trophy and grant of $3,000 for professional development, Dr Soerensen expressed both her happiness and complete surprise while thanking the medical profession and the AMA (WA).