Dr Mohammad Islam - GP Synergy

Dr Mohammad Islam

Murrumbidgee & ACT

  • Applied for the 2023 AGPT program?

Dr Mohammad Islam has undertaken his GP training in Griffith, including two terms at Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, he has found training in Aboriginal health a great way to develop skills as a GP and enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Bangladesh. I graduated from the University of Dhaka. After finishing my MBBS I wanted to travel and looking for better training opportunities and I chose Australia. My wife is also a general practitioner who is working in Griffith. We have 2 beautiful girls who have settled in well at primary schools here.

Apart from being a doctor I love cooking and often play flute and paint. I enjoy learning new languages and I speak fluently in four languages. 

What do you like most about community-based GP training?

I believe it’s one life and we all must make the most of it. I want to be a good doctor and at the same time be a good husband and dad. All these roles require balance and GP job can provide a better life balance.

What are the benefits of an Aboriginal health training post?

Working in an Aboriginal medical service is a great place to develop skills as a GP as it focuses on different dynamics of the health care system, where a patient needs holistic approach.

What are the challenges working in Aboriginal health and how do you overcome them?

Sometimes a patient does not follow up for their chronic care management and to overcome that we work in a multidisciplinary team to provide the best support.

Why did you decide to become a Registrar Liaison Officer?

I love challenges and I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with registrars as a liaison person to provide support and guidance when they need help and face difficulty.

What do you enjoy about living and working in Griffith?

Griffith is a small town and very different from from suburban Melbourne where I was located before. Even though it’s a small town it still ticks lot of boxes in terms of modern lifestyle and I am glad I chose Griffith.

What are your career plans after fellowship?

I will be working at my usual practice as a GP. Also, I will buy a caravan, and my wife and I will go to remote Australia to provide services, probably a few times a year.

 

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