New doctors serve Coonalpyn, Tintinara

New faces: Doctors Amy Broadley and Hafiz Abd Rahim will be seen around Coonalpyn and Tintinara as the new visiting doctors.Coonalpyn and Tintinara residents have new faces in local health services as two new doctors have started a six-month stint with the Coorong Medical Centre.

First-year registrar Amy Broadley and third-year registrar Hafiz Abd Rahim can also be found at Meningie and Raukkan during the week.

Dr Broadley spent time last year working at Flinders Medical Centre, while Dr Rahim has worked at Bridge Clinic for the past year.

Now the two doctors have started practising at the Coorong Medical Centre, extra clinics will be offered at Coonalpyn and Tintinara.

At Coonalpyn, consultations will be made from 10am to 4.30pm, with Dr Rahim and Dr Michael Kerrigan alternating weeks, and Dr Broadley consulting alongside Dr Kerrigan on occasional Mondays.

At Tintinara, Dr Kerrigan and Dr Rahim will alternate each Thursday between 10am to 4.30pm, and Dr Broadley will consult alongside Dr Kerrigan on Thursdays. Dr Broadley said she had grown up in a town of 200 people, so she was used to working with smaller areas.

“For me, I prefer working in the community than a hospital,” she said.

“I think it’s important (to have a doctor there) because it’s quite a distance from (Meningie); it can be difficult for some people to travel.”

She said the doctors could deal with a variety of incidents including general health checks, minor surgical procedures and mental health issues.

Dr Hafiz said it was beneficial for the medical centre to have two more doctors to help share the workload, which could be taxing.

“On my first day, I had an MVA (motor vehicle accident) … I think we have to be on our own toes because it’s on a major highway,” he said.

He said he liked the work and life balance that came with being in a smaller community.

“In the community you can do preventative stuff, whereas in hospitals you just see sickness,” he said.

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