New Doctor at Kingston – Dr Ambreen Ali

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Ochre Medical Centre Kingston’s newest GP, Dr Ambreen Ali, is no stranger to Canberra life, having lived and worked in the “Bush Capital” for over 15 years.

Australian born to Pakistani parents, Dr Ali moved to Pakistan for University, to study Medicine at the University of Punjab, Lahore. Dr Ali returned to Australia in 2001, having married and lived in the US for less than 2 years where she had her first daughter. Upon her return, Ambreen commenced her internship at Canberra Hospital.

Over the next decade, Dr Ali worked within a number of roles in the hospital system, garnering a broad experience across a range of disciplines which put her in good stead for her next move – the jump to General Practice.

Dr Ali’s choice of general practice was one of lifestyle – now a mother of three, she increasingly found that her work within the hospital system didn’t afford her the time and flexibility required to find a happy balance between career and family.

“The appeal of general practice is the flexibility of being able to fulfil my family commitments and also having a career in medicine at the same time.”

Her previous work in the hospital system gave her a deeper understanding of a number of medical specialties such as Chronic Disease Management – expertise which she would have greater scope to bring to bear in a general practice setting. Her interests in Paediatrics and Women’s Health also seemed to her to be a natural focus – a merging of her two previously separate worlds of medicine and motherhood.

Since commencing on her general practice pathway, she has worked within a number of practices in the greater Canberra region, and she has come to view the capital with growing affection.

“Canberra has all the facilities of a large city without a lot of the problems,. There’s also lots of great university options for my kids and great family facilities ”

In the little spare time Ambreen gets in a busy life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her young family. She is also a passionate advocate for mentoring, having witnessed firsthand the difficulties that many young doctors face starting out.

“I want to carve out a greater role for mentoring in general practice. Recently, junior doctors have been in the news for the wrong reasons – and more work needs to be done so we truly provide them with the support they need.”

Dr Ali commenced at Ochre medical Centre Kingston on Monday the 4th September. To book an appointment, please call the practice on (02) 6239 5520, or visit www.ochrehealth.com.au to book online.

 

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