Continuing her specialist GP training in Moree, feels like a logical step for Dr Nada Abu Alrub.
Medicine is a family affair for Dr Abu Alrub the 2020 GP Synergy New England/Northwest GP Registrar of the Year who has signed up for another term at accredited GP training practice Pius X Aboriginal Corporation.
“I feel being a doctor is part of who I am, it’s in my blood, it’s what I’m meant to be and what I enjoy,” Dr Abu Alrub said.
“I’m proud to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps who was one of the first doctors in Palestine and Jordan.
“I’m both medically and surgically inclined and I’ve worked in a wide variety of medical fields, I found being a GP is the best way to gather all that together and have a wider scope of practice.”
Dr Abu Alrub is also dedicated to closing the health care gap experienced by Aboriginal people and rural and remote communities.
“My passion is to continue to work as a doctor and provide medical services where it’s most needed.
“I’m focusing on rural and remote communities, and Aboriginal health as well as volunteering for about a month each year in humanitarian medical missions overseas, at refugee camps, and areas of need.
“Pius X Aboriginal Corporation has been an amazing team to work with, and I’ve become very attached to the community and the people here.”
CEO of regional GP training organisation GP Synergy, Georgina van de Water, said the local community plays an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks.
“GP registrars contribute significantly to primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Moree, with each completing more than 2300 consultations each year,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs in rural communities and Aboriginal medical services, the consistent feedback we receive is that training in both is a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“Collectively, and individually, we all have a role to play to encourage these doctors to stay working rurally after completing training.
“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by their local community.”
Dr Abu Alrub is currently one of 54 GP registrars training in the New England/Northwest subregion and 3 in Moree.
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