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DARWIN GP RECOGNISED

- NATHANIEL CHAMBERS

DARWIN-BASED doctor Penelope Steele has been named the GP of the Year for SA/NT in the RACGP Awards, which celebrate individual­s in general practice.

Dr Steele has been practising for the past 25 years and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in that time and has now been recognised in the Royal Australian College of General Practition­ers awards. She has a special interest in mental health, women’s health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health which she is working hard to improve.

“In the years that I have worked with Indigenous people I have watched the health gap widen,” she said.

“We need to change our model of health delivery, unless we change the fundamenta­l basis of health such as nutrition, housing, engagement we will get nowhere. In spite of these limitation­s there was plenty that I could offer as a GP.

“It has been incredibly rewarding and challengin­g and I would not trade this experience for the world. I hope to inspire young people to work in remote Australia.”

RACGP president Dr Karen Price congratula­ted the winners for their hard work in their communitie­s.

 ??  ?? Dr Penelope Steele has been named the GP of the Year for SA/NT. Picture: Supplied
Dr Penelope Steele has been named the GP of the Year for SA/NT. Picture: Supplied

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