On Friday 11 February, Chair of the RACGP Tasmania, Dr Tim Jackson, presented Dr Sam Maloney, with a certificate of recognition as General Practitioner in Training of the year award.
Dr Sam Maloney was nominated for this special award by GPTT to recognise Sam’s work during the pandemic in 2020.
This special award is judged on the following criteria:
At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Sam developed a planning document for his Hobart based practice concerning consulting room setup, how to use the other areas of the practice (like a staff tearoom) and protocols for people entering the practice. This was before public health gave a lot of guidance. He also guided the team through PPE use and as a practice they felt well prepared.
Sam then went to Devonport to work in a respiratory clinic to understand how to set one up.
Sam then developed a plan to set up a respiratory clinic in Grosvenor Street, which was his training practice. It would be Hobart’s only dedicated respiratory clinic in a general practice clinic.
Otherwise, he was also involved in monthly small group meetings at the Grosvenor St practice. He shared in running these sessions and did one on antibiotic use and resistance, especially regarding UTIs.
Aside from setting up the respiratory clinic in his training practice, Sam worked with public health on the hotline, that would often mean he would work 7 days a week. Sam also worked with Primary Health Tasmania to discuss practice readiness for COVID outbreaks. Sam’s previous work in factious diseases had left him well placed to provide advice and guidance as the pandemic unfolded in 2020. He did not hesitate to step up and apply his specialist skillset and provide front line community support.
Sam also assisted a nursing home by taking care of some of the residents who could not find a GP.
Sam is incredibly deserving of recognition for his efforts supporting the Tasmanian community and his general practice during 2020 and 2021.
Congratulations, and thank you for your service Sam!