Dr Tony Lembke of Alstonville Clinic is the recipient of the 2012 GP of the Year Award.
Dr Tony Lembke of Alstonville Clinic is the recipient of the 2012 GP of the Year Award. Photo Jay Cronan

Local doctor awarded Aust GP of the year

THE ROYAL Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) awarded Dr Tony Lembke of Alstonville Clinic the 2012 General Practitioner of the Year Award.

Dr Liz Marles, RACGP president, presented the award to Dr Lembke at a gala dinner on Saturday night on the Gold Coast.

Dr Tony Lembke has over 18 years of experience as a doctor in Alstonville, and he has "also maintained a number of significant leadership roles contributing to improvement of the health system across local, state and national levels," Dr Marles said.

"I am very excited about receiving the award, and I feel very privileged to have been considered. It was quite a surprise," Dr Lembke said.

Asked about his experience as a small town doctor, Dr Lembke said: "I have been very privileged to work at the practice team that we have in Alstonville Clinic. Our patients are our friends, and we look after them the best we can."

Doctor Lembke also held previous roles as chair of the Northern Rivers General Practice network for 11 years.

"This gave me the opportunity to work with the other 40 practices throughout the Northern Rivers, advocating for better health services for our patients.

"We are very lucky to have a number of caring and innovative practices in the Northern Rivers'.

Dr Lembke is also chair of a new organisation called the North Coast Medicare Local, which "works with the community and the clinicians to re-design the health system and get better access to care."

The Alstonville doctor has also made a contribution in eHealth at a national level.

"I have always been interested in computing, technology and health, and I have been involved in a number of committees and organisations working to ensure that new technology is best used to improve our patient's health."



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