New doctors join local practice
Monday, 25th January, 2010
The prospect of a rich general practice experience has brought two new doctors to the city.
Doctors Jie Jin and Chris Inkson have joined Dr Ramu Nachiappan's practice in the town square. Dr Nachiappan has been in practice here for the past 18 years and has been a rural practitioner for 21 years.
Dr Inkson, who previously worked in Canberra, said "Broken Hill is known for its rewarding learning environment".
Dr Jin has a Masters degree in genetics, she said that "as a lady doctor I know that many women will see me for their 'secret women's business' and I am happy to look after them". "I am very eager to learn and provide health care to the best of my ability," she said.
Both doctors are here for at least 12 months and will make decisions regarding their further training after the 12 month period.The city has consistently attracted trainee doctors and doctors in specialist general practitioner training for the past few years.
This year four doctors have started their GP specialist college training in the city - two in the Nachiappan surgery and two at the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The Nachiappan Surgery has attracted allied health practitioners and doctors with long term commitment to Broken Hill.
Ms Fiona Walsh is a full time psychologist based at the practice, as is Peter Prime, Diabetic Educator who can see patients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the practice. Senior Associate at Nachiappan Surgery Dr Roman Pogosian has been in the city since 2004, and has specialist cardiologist and anaesthetic qualifications from Moscow.
"Broken Hill is one of the best places to live for a relaxed life style and I'm here for good," he said. Senior Associate Dr Robert Pokoj joined the practice when it was first established and has been practicing in the city for almost 30 years. Kathy Mitchell is the Registered Nurse at the Nachiappan Surgery and works part time, increasing her hours when her full time commitment to the NSW Ambulance Service permits.