A host of new young doctors have moved to the area with their families to work at three medical centres in Milton-Ulladulla. Embarking on their general practice careers they bring a wealth and diversity of knowledge from their training backgrounds.
Dr Wani Zahran, Dr Akmal, Dr Imran, Dr Chapman and Dr Sarpamalay are our newest residents. Meet them here:
Dr Wani Zahran
The Ulladulla Endoscopy and Medical Centre welcomes Dr Wani Zahran to its general practice.
Originally from Malaysia, Dr Wani attained her medical degree through the University of Newcastle in 2016. She has worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Blacktown Hospital in Sydney. She has also worked at BUPA Medical Visa Services as a Panel Physician.
Dr Wani said she is looking forward to working at the medical centre and at the Ulladulla Respiratory Clinic and getting to know her new patients.
"Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming in the local community," she said.
Dr. Wani enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a keen interest in Women's Health and Paediatrics.
In her spare time she likes outdoor activities, the beach and loves to go camping.
"I like to keep fit and swim nearly every day," she said.
Dr Wani has moved to the South Coast from Sydney with her husband Dr Akmal Syafiq, who is also from Malaysia and a new GP registrar, at the Ulladulla Medical Clinic.
Dr Akmal Syafiq
After completing his Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle in 2014, Dr Akmal undertook an Internship at Bundaberg Base Hospital. He later worked as a Resident and Senior Resident Officer at Gosford, Wyong and Woy Woy Hospitals.
Dr Akmal said he also worked as a Panel Physician for the Visa Medical Assessment Office in Sydney and in 2020 completed his Masters of Public Health at the University of NSW.
"I'm very excited by the breadth and scope of medicine I'll be practicing in the Ulladulla district and to further my interest in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation," he said.
Dr Akmal, who likes learning languages, is also looking forward to going bushwalking at Pigeon House Mountain and exploring the many natural reserves in the area.
Dr Saba Imran
Dr Saba Imran, who has a taken up a GP Registrar position with the Ulladulla Medical Clinic, moved to the district with her husband and two children who are also enjoying their life in the local area.
"We're looking forward to exploring the beaches and bushwalking tracks around the Shoalhaven, they're famous," she said.
Dr Saba Imran studied medicine in Pakistan and after finishing her internship moved to Australia.
She has worked in different hospitals including Westmead, Blacktown, Penrith and Wollongong and as a resident Medical Officer and SRMO at Liverpool Hospital. Dr Saba has a certificate in Emergency Medicine from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.
With a Diploma in Children's Health from Westmead Hospital, Dr Saba is interested in Children's and Women's health, Mental health as well as Family medicine.
Besides cooking and baking, Dr Saba said she really enjoys playing cricket.
Dr Grace Chapman
Dr Grace Chapman, who grew up in the Milton-Ulladulla district and attended Ulladulla HighSchool, is excited to be back working in the area returning with her husband and one-year-old son.
She achieved her Bachelor of Medical Science at Sydney's NSW University and her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, graduating with distinction. Dr Grace has also received a PRP Diagnostic imaging award for outstanding academic achievement.
Her internship and residency has been at Shoalhaven and Wollongong Hospitals and included Emergency work at Shoalhaven Hospital.
Being a young Mum, Dr Grace is working two days a week as a GP Registrar at the Milton Family Medical Practice. She is particularly interested in Paediatrics, Women's health and preventative holistic medicine.
"I'm really looking forward to contributing to this amazing community and I feel lucky to be back living in such a great place with its beautiful beaches," she said.
Dr Smitha Sarpamalay
After completing her MBBS and post graduation training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India, Dr Smitha Sarpamalay came to Australia seven years ago working as an O&G registrar in different hospitals in Sydney including Liverpool and Westmead, also obtaining her Diploma in Child Health.
She started her GP training in Bega and is now in Milton at the Milton Family Medical Practice as a GP registrar. Dr Smitha said the best part of being a GP is the variety and the continuity of care to patients along with opportunity to provide holistic care and the place is providing a great learning opportunity.
"My family is my pillar of support and my husband who is a paediatrician working in Wollongong hospital has always been supportive through this journey.
"Together with our four-year-old son we have been enjoying discovering the historic town of Milton and all the hidden beauties of the South Coast," Dr Smith said.
"I'm looking to serve and contribute to the local community."