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Meet the GPs recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours AUSTRALIAN DOCTOR NEWS

A GP known for his work championing holistic health care in western Sydney, Dr Sithamparapillai Thava Seelan was honoured with an OAM. Dr Seelan, whose practice was named RACGP NSW and ACT practice of the year in 2013, says he is passionate about improving health outcomes for struggling members of society.

Running a practice with his wife in Toongabbie, an economically depressed suburb 30km from Sydney’s CBD, has given him the challenge of doing that work at the coalface.

He says it’s not always been an easy journey since he set up shop in 2009, but he feels he is already making progress by focusing on holistic care for his patients.

“The whole person, the family, the community and whole societal approach is the fundamental ecological health model of primary care,” he says.

That has involved bringing in community volunteers to set up a local diabetes education program in his suburb, but also looking at working abroad as part of emergency relief programs in Sri Lanka, where he grew up.

“As a GP I have the privilege of being involved in my patients' lives
amid moments of joy, sorrow, heartbreak, celebrations, life and
finally death,” he says.
 
“Sometimes we can impact where their journey leads while other times we can only hold their hands as they walk a painful and difficult road.”

Toongabbie GP practice named country’s best By - Nick Soon on blacktownsun.com.au

A medical centre in Toongabbie has been awarded the 2013 General Practice of the Year by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Bridgeview Medical Practice received the honour for its reputation as a leader in the community and among its industry colleagues and for taking a proactive approach to the delivery of patient care.