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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) General Practice Registrar of the Year Award 2012 was awarded to Dr Catherine Engelke from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council (KAMSC) on Saturday 27 October.
The RACGP General Practice Registrar of the Year Award recognises the strong commitment made by a GP registrar to learning, the general practice profession and provision of high quality patient care.
Dr Engelke works in Kununurra, Western Australia, as a GP Registrar at both the Kununurra District Hospital and KAMSC. She was presented with the award at the conclusion of GP12 - the RACGP's annual conference - by RACGP President Dr Liz Marle.
Dr Marle congratulated Dr Engelke, noting her strong determination to realise her childhood dream of becoming a doctor. Dr Engelke said receiving the award was an honour and a testament to her long standing goal to practise medicine with and for her countrymen.
'I feel blessed to be able to fulfil my childhood dream of becoming a doctor. I lacked the confidence initially and cannot believe how much my life has changed for the better since I have realised my potential,' Dr Engelke said.
'I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with inspirational mentors and peers, and feel honoured that I can give back to my profession on such a personal level. To be recognised in this way, was totally unexpected and humbling.'
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