Dr Najma Habib is undertaking her second term of GP training in the Western NSW town of Wellington, she’s enjoyed both being part of the local community and the supervision she receives as part of her training.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I came to Australia in 2010 after completing Bachelor of Medicine in Bangladesh. During my preparation for Australian Medical Council accreditation, I also completed Bachelor of Nursing from Western Sydney University. I then worked as a registered nurse in mental health for about three years across Sydney’s West before going back to Bangladesh to spend some time with my family and friends. During that time, I worked there as a doctor for a couple of years.
I then made my way back to Australia in 2019 and worked in different hospitals as a Junior Medical Officer until I joined the GP training program in Western NSW.
Why did you choose to become a GP?
I like the broader scope of general practice. I really enjoy looking after patients of all age groups. General practice also gives me the opportunity to deal with all different kinds of health issues. I feel that I am very much connected with the community and pretty much a part of people’s life cycle. In addition, this gives me a balanced lifestyle and more time to spend with my family.
Why did you choose to train on the AGPT program?
AGPT is a structured program that helps us in building a strong medical knowledge base. It also helps us to be a more efficient and skilled practitioner. The sharing of knowledge and guidance from experienced practitioners is very supportive and motivating. I strongly believe AGPT prepares us very well to be an independent specialist GP anywhere in Australia.
What are you most enjoying about GP training?
Having a proper support system and guidance is one of the most important elements of success. It is a great blessing to have an experienced and knowledgeable supervisor like Dr Ian Spencer as a beginner.
The appreciation, acknowledgment, love, and respect from my patients is very rewarding.
What are your long-term career plans?
I am very keen on achieving my fellowship to provide better care to the community as an independent GP. I have a special interest in both obstetrics and peadiatrics; as well as musculoskeletal medicine/rheumatology that I would like to pursue further.
How have you found training in Western NSW/Wellington?
Amazing! I’m delighted to work with such a welcoming, friendly, and caring team. Dr Spencer, my supervisor is a wonderful person with a wealth of knowledge who has a great attitude and vision to build good doctors.
People in Wellington are very friendly and respectful. It is an absolute pleasure to start my training program here. I must say that I feel proud to be able to serve a huge number of Australia’s first people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in this area. This is also a golden opportunity for me to mingle with country people and know how easy going they are.
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