UWS medicine students clean up at national awards

Three University of Western Sydney Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery students have won both first and second prize at the 2013 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) and Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) General Practice Video Competition.

The competition encourages Australian medical students to get creative and develop an exciting promotional video that highlights the benefits of choosing a career in general practice.

Third year students Kathryn Mayer, Cristina Murphy and Danielle Klingberg entered the 2013 competition after coming away with a win in the 2012 competition. Their approach was simple graphics with a strong message.

“With both videos, we thought about all the things that make GP a great specialty, and portray these in a simple way,” says Kathryn. “We also thought about the negative things that people say about general practice, and tried to show that these are not true.”

The students hope their winning videos will help break the stigma that surrounds General Practice as a medical speciality and encourage other medicine students to peruse it as a career.

“A lot of people seem to undervalue General practice, or not realise it is a real specialty - the question ‘are you going to specialise, or just be a GP?’ is asked of probably every medical student at some point or another, and can put people off,” says Kathryn.

“We wanted to show the diversity and opportunities that General practice offers, and remind those who may have considered it in the past of why it is such a great specialty.”

“It is such an important specialty, especially with the shifting focus to preventative medicine - GPs are the people who look after families and communities for the long term, and we need as many good quality GPs in Australia as possible,” says Kathryn.

Each student received a $1500 cash prize for coming first and a copy of John Murtagh’s “General Practice”, the industry’s own guide for GPs for coming second.


06 August 2013

Contact: Hannah Guilfoyle, Media Assistant 

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