New Chairperson for Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network

By Petrina Smith
Tuesday, 10 September, 2013

The Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) has officially endorsed Dr Aleeta Fejo as its chairperson.

Dr Fejo, a Larrakia/Warramunga Territorian is based in Katherine. She was instrumental in the inception and formation of the IGPRN in 2008 with General Practice Education and Training’s (GPET) support. As well as shaping a more supportive pathway for current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars, Dr Fejo has made significant contributions to a range of general practice stakeholders, most notably GPET, GPRA, and the RACGP. Throughout this time she has continued to support and care for her local community.

The handover marks a new chapter for the network which has been busy since moving to GPRA in July 2012 and Dr Fejo is looking forward to commencing her role.

“I am keen to help those seeking Fellowship by working with the registrars, training providers, GPRA, GPET and AIDA. I also want to work with the RACGP towards a better assessment process inclusive of all Australian GP registrars, and particularly Indigenous registrars," Dr Fejo said. “I encourage all businesses and organisations who work with Indigenous GP medical students, junior doctors and registrars to have a Reconciliation Action Plan and explore developing a mentoring relationship for all Indigenous medical students, junior doctors and registrars in Aboriginal medical services and private practices,” she concluded.

The IGPRN provides a forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to provide professional and cultural support to one another. Key to the activities and growing strength of the network has been the guidance and lead of Dr Angela Forrest in the Chair role over the last year.

Dr Edward Vergara, Chair of GPRA concluded, “IGPRN has had a productive and inspiring year with Dr Angela Forrest at the helm. "Strong foundations have been laid during her time in providing medical education support to registrars. "She leaves a strong legacy. "I wish you all the best.”

Dr Forrest will officially hand over the reigns after the GPET Convention in Perth on 12 September 2013.

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