Dr Pallavi Prathivadi wins 2019 RACGP award

Dr Pallavi Prathivadi from the Monash Department of General Practice has been named the National General Practice Registrar of the Year at the recent Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) awards, held on October 24.

This award honours Dr Prathivadi’s commitment to general practice and her service to patients, practice, education and the community. A Monash medicine alumna, Dr Prathivadi works clinically in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and is currently completing her PhD around improving safe prescribing of opioid medications.  She also serves as the Chair of the Australian Medical Association Women in Medicine committee and supervises fourth-year medical students.

Dr Pallavi Prathivadi receiving the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners award for Registrar of the Year

Dr Prathivadi reflected on this professional recognition as a “huge honour”.

“This award is really a testament to how great my workplaces are.
I work best when I’m happy; and I’m so fulfilled, supported and happy at both my clinic (MedCentral Knox) and at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. They’re both so accommodating and generous and encouraging of my ambitions.”

She acknowledged the struggle of balancing work, completing her fellowship training and a PhD – but felt reassured by the award.

“Managing a full time PhD, part-time clinical practice with my various other roles and responsibilities can be very difficult at times. Luckily, I have an incredible support network of friends and family who seemingly have unlimited patience and understanding!”

Next Dr Prathivadi will head to Antarctica as part of the prestigious global leadership program, Homeward Bound.

“I am one of 100 women from around the world who are leaders in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and will be part of the largest women-only expedition to Antarctica to date,” she said.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity and I'm looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!”