Dr Peter Wutchak receives award for General Practice of the Year

On a high from back-to-back wins, firstly as the Principal supervisor at Collie River Valley Medical Centre which took out the RACGP General Practice of the Year for 2015 and secondly as the Hawks were victorious in yet another AFL grand final, it was smiles all around for Dr Peter Wutchak.

WAGPET: Congratulations on winning this prestigious award. What does winning the RACGP award mean to your practice?

Dr. Wutchak: As it is a practice award we are delighted not just for the partnership group but that the whole team can share in this award. We have a number of hard working people in our practice who give above and beyond and now can be publically recognised for their efforts. We expect that winning this award will help bond our team and can be a platform on which to build and improve.

WAGPET: Why did you initially decide to become a training post?

Dr. Wutchak: We had a strong group of doctors and teaching seemed a logical step in our practice development. It also allowed us to manage work force issues which are inherent in rural areas. GP registrars are now a vitally important part of our practice. Over the years we have been blessed with many fine registrars and we take a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to see our ex-registrars do well in their own right.

WAGPET: What would you say to other practices which are considering coming on board as a training post?

Dr. Wutchak: I would encourage them to get involved in teaching. It is a fantastic way to keep your practice including doctors and staff fresh and vibrant. Teaching is the best way to solidify your own knowledge which can only have benefits to your practice and its patients. The other advantage to teaching is it is a great way to see young doctors in action. It allows you to build your workforce with doctors you have already had a hand in moulding. I would encourage all medium to large practices to take registrars.

WAGPET: Where to from here? What are your plans for 2016?

Dr. Wutchak: We are not staying idle. We have recently expanded and opened a second practice in Manjimup and aim to have a smooth cohesion with the Collie practice. In regards to our Collie practice we plan to keep building and adjusting services. We will continue to have a strong involvement in teaching and aim to build this in Manjimup as well.

WAGPET: Are there any additional comments you wish to make?

Dr. Wutchak: We feel truly privileged to have been singled out amongst many fine practices around Australia. General Practice is going through a transition period at the moment and we need to ensure that the quality of service delivery is maintained.  I feel teaching the next generation is one way we can do this.