Dr Ezekiel Raju - GP Synergy

Dr Ezekiel Raju

Murrumbidgee & ACT

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Dr Ezekiel Raju undertook an Aboriginal health training post during his GP training, now fellowed he is working in an Aboriginal community controlled health service and enjoys the holistic care model that the services are known for.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I moved here in 2010 from Singapore for medical school when I started at UNSW in Sydney. After completing my undergraduate medical degree, I worked at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital in Canberra. I moved to Wagga Wagga in 2019 for GP training and started at the Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Corporation in 2020 and have been here ever since.

Why did you decide to become a GP?

My father is a GP back in Singapore and that was my first exposure to both doctors and medicine. I enjoy the work-life balance that it has to offer which is very catered to raising a family. I also enjoy the breadth of diseases that I get to see and the continuity of care I can provide to patients from birth to death.

What was your motivation in training (and now working) in an Aboriginal community controlled health service?

I enjoy the holistic care that is provided by  Aboriginal community controlled health services which begins with transport being available to patients all the way to Aboriginal health workers being available to accompany patients during their consult with the doctor. We also have some allied health services on-site at our practice which makes it easier for the Indigenous community to access these services.

What do you enjoy about working in Aboriginal health?

I enjoy the general easy-going and cheerful nature of the staff who work here. They always make it seem as if no problem is too big or insurmountable. The patients are also appreciative of the service that we provide no matter how small or insignifcant they appear to be.

What are the challenges (and how do you overcome them)?

Organising follow up for patients can sometimes be challenging especially if they have complex circumstances. Thankfully, we have a few Aboriginal health workers who are adept in bringing these clients in for their follow up.

What do you like the most about working and living in Wagga Wagga?

Everything in Wagga Wagga is close by so I do not have to spend hours stuck in traffic trying to get home. Everyone here is also very friendly and that helps build connections especially for people who are new to the area. Besides, there is an airport in Wagga Wagga so no place is too inaccessible from here.

 

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