COFFS HARBOUR HEALTH CAMPUS DOCTOR WINS MAJOR AWARD

Dr Aaron Tonna, Dr Kamal Cortas, award winner Dr Paul Spillane, Dr Alan Tankel, Dr David Gibson, Dr Karly Field and Dr Neil Campbell.
Dr Aaron Tonna, Dr Kamal Cortas, award winner Dr Paul Spillane, Dr Alan Tankel, Dr David Gibson, Dr Karly Field and Dr Neil Campbell.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus Emergency Department Senior Staff Specialist Dr Paul Spillane has been awarded the prestigious Teacher of the Year honour by the Australian Medical Association (AMA NSW) and Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation (ASMOF NSW).

The award, presented by ASMOF NSW President Dr Tony Sara, recognised Dr Spillane’s contribution of time, energy and skill to the next generation of medical officers.

The AMA/ASMOF Awards recognise the achievements of doctors-in-training and their supervisors across all medical specialties.

Dr Spillane, who is also the Health Campus’ Director of Emergency Medicine Training, has been described by doctors he has trained at CHHC as a natural educator who is enthusiastic, easy-going and approachable.

Dr Paul Spillane

Dr Paul Spillane

A letter of support signed by 23 doctors who have been trained by Dr Spillane at CHHC’s Emergency Department outlined his “exceptional ongoing education program” which combines formal academic training with hands-on simulation training.

CHHC Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Alan Tankel congratulated Dr Spillane on the award which he says is recognition of the high regard in which he is held by his Emergency Department colleagues and all of the junior medical staff he has trained.

In the past 18 months, the hospital has trained and prepared 10 doctors for their Australasian College for Emergency Medicine first part examination. In an outstanding result for the health campus, and the Local Health District, all 10 candidates passed the exam and have progressed to Advanced Training in Emergency Medicine.

“Dr Spillane’s influence is exemplified by the 100 per cent pass rate for the Part 1 examination, which places Coffs Harbour at the top of Emergency Medicine training throughout Australasia,” Dr Tankel said.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus’ highly successful training program is run by Dr Spillane and ably supported by Dr Jon Dryburgh and Dr Andrew Na.