Far North GP gets Peter Snow Memorial Award

Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy is the 2010 recipient of the Peter Snow Memorial Award.

The award, which honours former Tapanui GP Peter Snow, was presented to Dr Malloy at the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s annual conference in Christchurch on March 12.

Dr Malloy accepted the award on behalf of the rural general practice sector and said it was an “award for rural medicine” and an “incredibly humbling experience”.

He also acknowledged the important role played by spouses and families in supporting their partners in their work.

Dr Malloy paid tribute to the late Dr Pat Farry, who was a previous award recipient. Dr Farry died suddenly last year while working as a locum in Twizel. “This conference is also in memory of a colleague and friend, Dr Pat Farry.”

Dr Malloy has been actively involved as a member of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network for 15 of his 22 years as a rural general practitioner and has made a valuable contribution of his time, expertise and business acumen by holding the Chairmanship of the Executive Board in recent years. He assisted in the establishment of the rural faculty of the RNZCGP and in the development of the NZRGPN’s Incorporated Society status. Dr Malloy was an advocate for state funding for the establishment of a rural locums scheme and the dedicated rural funding now received by all rural ranked GPs. Dr Malloy is a Fellow of RNZCGP, having completed part II in January 2006. He is an enthusiast for training in general practice of medical students; within his own teaching practice, Coast to Coast Healthcare, he provides training for fourth year and sixth year students, PGY2 and Registrars.

Dr Malloy owns and operates Coast to Coast Health Care north of Auckland, a successful practice and business model that involves six clinics with the Wellsford Medical Centre as the hub. The practice is a decentralised system with multiple sites that take services to the people. Developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the so-called “hub and spoke” system has embraced the wider community and provided a health service that is effective, efficient and all-encompassing.

Coast to Coast serves a population of just less than 14,000, employs eight to 10 doctors plus trainee registrars and house surgeons, 25 nurses and other staff such as radiographers and nurse specialists. Not only are there nurses specific to each site but also those who shift across six sites,  an acute care team doing practice nursing and a chronic care management team dealing with long-term conditions. There is some cross-over of nurses between teams.