Eldon qualified as a doctor in Liverpool UK in 1967. After working in hospital positions, he spent two years in the Solomon Islands as a District Medical Officer, followed by four years in rural Cheshire UK as a general practitioner.
Eldon emigrated to Camperdown Victoria in 1977 and remained there until retirement in February 2022. He was a practice principal, owner and supervisor of students, interns, and GP registrars, and VMO to the local acute hospital. In this role he provided anaesthetic, obstetric and general medical services. He was a board member of this hospital prior to its amalgamation.
Twenty years ago, Eldon developed an interest in medical education. He was Director of Training of the Greater Green Triangle, the first RTO in the South-West, and subsequently co-director of Southern General Practice Training. He was a senior educator with Murray City Country Coast working as an accreditation officer of practices and supervisors.
Eldon is familiar with all aspects of GP training. Additionally, he was a bi-college accreditor and currently accredits for PMCV. On retirement he accepted a job with Deakin Medical School working as a senior lecturer for rural general practice. He now works mainly with the Rural Community Clinical School where students are attached to general practices for a year at a time. A large part of his role is supporting supervisors, but he also runs tutorials and is a member of various teams and committees.
Having worked as a GP supervisor of medical students, interns, IMGs and GP registrars for many years I am passionate about supporting supervisors in their role. For too long ever-increasing loads have been placed on supervisors both from government and the profession itself. I would wish to work to rationalise this load and adequately reward it.
As a senior university lecturer and previous Director of training of two RTOs and senior educator in the last one, MCCC I have a wide experience of practices and supervisors both in terms of accreditation and administration. Previous experience has given me an understanding of what general practices and their supervisory teams need and want.
I would seek to have an influence in integrating all levels of GP supervision from medical student to qualified GP and in promoting GPSA as the lead body in this endeavour.
Date reviewed: 27 October 2023