Aug 20
Orange Health Service Junior Medical Officer Wins Top Award

Orange Health Service (OHS) Junior Doctor Shannon Townsend is not only held in high esteem by her colleagues and patients, she has now gained statewide recognition.

Dr Townsend has won the Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year award, issued by the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), in acknowledgement of her substantial contribution to the education and support of her JMO peers.

OHS Director of Prevocational Education and Training, Dr Jo Rainbow said "Shannon was my immediate choice for the award. She is an exemplary junior doctor - diligent, efficient and with a delightful bedside manner.

“Shannon is also an excellent ambassador for Orange, representing us at recruitment evenings. Invariably, interviewees mention that one of the reasons that they applied to Orange was the positive impression that Shannon made. Shannon is not only busy on committees within the hospital and with her roles with HETI, but has also initiated some valued education programs; as well as devising several research projects."

Dr Townsend evaluated the impact of Orange Health Service innovative Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR). Her study demonstrated the quality of training, as well as educational opportunities arising with a service where a senior clinician is present throughout the JMO's working day. Dr Townsend presented her findings at the 2013 Australasian Junior Medical Officers Forum in Adelaide. Her current project is developing a "toolkit" for Interns, which will assist the acquisition of skills to improve efficiency. This will be unveiled at the international conference ANZMET in November.

Catherine Nowlan, General Manager of Orange Health Service said "This is a tremendous honour so early in Shannon's career. It is particularly pleasing as Shannon has her foundations in rural NSW having grown up in Dubbo and is one of the cadets with the Rural Doctors Network.

“Shannon is already a member of the Future Health Leaders Advisory Group, which discusses concepts with the Western NSW Local Health District's Executive Leadership Team. She deserves to be recognised for her professionalism."