Doctor Sabah Nazir is the newest friendly face to join the Nagambie Medical Centre.
After travelling widely from Dubai to Pakistan and working throughout Victoria, Dr Nazir has decided to make Nagambie her professional home.
And while she’s currently commuting from Melbourne each day to serve local patients, she said she wouldn’t have it any other way.
‘‘I’m loving the experience so far, the staff are supportive and the patients are so welcoming,’’ she said.
‘‘Plus I actually love the drive each day. It’s two hours to myself where I get to enjoy the beautiful scenery — plus I get to listen to whatever I want to, not just nursery rhymes.’’
In addition to being a much sought-after GP, Dr Nazir is also mum to Hadiya, 4, and Hamza, 2, and wife to Ali.
‘‘I’m just working three days a week at the moment, but I’m hoping to increase that to at least four once the kids are settled in,’’ she said.
It’s been a long road to Nagambie for Dr Nazir.
Diving into six years of medical school in 2003, she worked briefly in the United Arab Emirates before moving to Australian shores.
Initially tutoring undergraduate medical students at Deakin University on a casual basis, Dr Nazir then took on the role of medical officer in Melbourne.
From 2011, she worked in various hospitals across Victoria before joining general practice in 2014.
Dr Nazir has since worked across various sub-specialities including geriatric, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular and plastics.
She has also completed a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney and is undergoing workshops on mental health and skin cancer medicine.
Her interests in general practice include women’s health, children’s health, chronic disease management and travel medicine.
Dr Nazir settled into Nagambie Medical Centre in November last year.
Where she will now be working towards becoming a supervisor, hoping to eventually sit her fellowship exam with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
‘‘I’m aiming to complete my training by 2020 so I can sit the exams — but I need to spend a certain amount of time in clinical and general practice before then,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a long run, especially with a family. But I’m excited.’’
In the meantime, she said she was keen to make Nagambie Medical Practice her home.
‘‘Who knows, after my fellowship exam I may even stay on. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of.’’