By Abbey Cannan
After 10 years of servicing the community, a Peregian Springs doctor has been named GP of the Year at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Queensland faculty awards.
Dr Emily Gordon of Peregian Springs Doctors said she was was humbled to discover she had received the award.
“I don’t think I’m better than any other GP on the coast. I just happened to have some proactive patients that decided to nominate me and fill in all the paper work,” Dr Gordon said.
“I feel a little bit overwhelmed and certainly grateful for the acknowledgement but I don’t think I do anything different to the many GPs out there that love what they do and look after people every day.
“I want to thank the community and the team here as this is not about me. I can’t do anything without the lovely reception staff, the nursing staff and the other GPs here. The practice here is a joy to work at every day.”
Dr Gordon said she had always been fascinated with the field of medicine while growing up.
“Growing up in a country town, I had always wanted to be a country doctor,” she said.
“I initially thought I wanted to be a nurse but I was fortunate enough to get into medicine and I worked in the bush for a number of years.”
RACGP Acting President Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda congratulated the award winners.
“This year’s award winners highlight why general practice is so important for communities across Queensland,” Associate Professor Shenouda said.
“Dr Gordon has lived and worked in Peregian Springs for around ten years and made a huge impression on the local community. Her love of general practice stems from her early years of practice in outback Queensland.
“She enjoys providing comprehensive care to the entire spectrum of life from young children to older people and has a special interest in women’s health. Advocating for women and girls locally and internationally is also a passion of hers, she is actively involved in the Zonta Club of Maroochy.
“To all the award winners – congratulations and all the best in your future endeavours in the years ahead. Your communities are lucky to have you.”