The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has named Dr Denise Powell the winner of the RACGP’s top rural accolade, the 2017 Brian Williams Award.
Dr Powell is a James Cook University (JCU) Generalist Medical Training Senior Fellow, based in Bundaberg.
As a Senior Fellow, Dr Powell provides support and guidance to JCU general practice supervisors and medical educators.
RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said Dr Powell is a GP whose guidance and support has enabled other rural GPs and GP registrars to dedicate themselves to their patients, families, and communities.
“Dr Powell is a deserving recipient of this year’s Brian Williams Award,” Dr Seidel said.
“She is known throughout Bundaberg and its surrounding region for her dedication to her patients and their families and her passion for general practice education.
“Dr Powell is also passionate about general practice education and has provided guidance and support for many other GPs, GP registrars, medical students, nurses and physician’s assistants.”
Dr Powell said she was honoured to receive the award.
“I was shocked, surprised and hugely humbled by the fact my colleagues had nominated me,” Dr Powell said.
“I feel that I am simply their representative because I know they too do what I do and so do many other rural doctors.
"I am particularly proud to represent rural women of our profession”
Dr Brian Williams was a rural GP and medical educator and staunch advocate for rural general practice and education at all levels. The award is presented each year to a GP who has made a significant contribution to the personal and professional welfare of rural doctors.
James Cook University congratulates Dr Powell on her outstanding achievement.
Picture: RACGIP President Dr Bastian Seidel and GMT Senior Fellow Dr Denise Powell. Courtesy of RACGP.