Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
Tristar Medical Group, Mildura
“I want to see the day where there is no shortage of GPs and comprehensive medical services in regional and rural areas.” – Kylie El-Sheikh.
When Kylie El-Sheikh decided eight years ago to help fix Australia’s critical rural doctor shortage, plenty of critics doubted she could lure general practitioners to country towns. Now, as CEO of Tristar Medical Group (TMG), Kylie runs 27 medical centres in Victorian and NSW towns, some of which had not had a GP for two years. Married to a GP, but with no medical qualifications herself, Kylie matches doctors to communities by supplying career opportunities and the necessary infrastructure and support to run a successful practice. Based in Mildura, TMG has created 230 health-related rural jobs, 80 of them for doctors. Beyond GP consultations, the medical centres give residents access to practice nursing, registered midwives, mental health care and pathology, plus the benefits of extended opening hours and in-home reviews. So highly regarded is the system run by Kylie, there is now a waiting list for doctors to join a TMG centre.