Dr Itrat received her speciality training in general practice in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) and subsequently served as a general practitioner/family physician in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and most recently Australia. She practices in all fields of general practice, including management of both chronic and acute illnesses, and she has extensive and wide-ranging experience in the speciality. ‘I’m a firm believer in primary and secondary care partnership and endeavour to work closely with my colleagues in secondary care for better patient outcomes. I keep myself up-to-date and continually review and improve my practice to ensure evidence-based and high-quality care to my patients,’ she says, adding, ‘I’m passionate about teaching and training the next generation of general practitioners and am an educational supervisor for the specialist trainees.’
Dr Akinloye is a GPT1 (1st semester of General Practice training) registrar with more than six years’ working in several hospitals across Australia, Europe and West Africa. Her diverse exposure has allowed her to develop great depth in clinical skills. ‘I now aspire to follow my innate passion by advancing my career in general practice with a special interest in obstetrics and gynaecology,’ she says.
South West Medical Centre (SWMC) now has five doctors, five administration staff and five nurses: practice manager Jannah Wright; clinical lead/GP Cameron McPherson; GPs Sunny Hong and Sheema; GP registrars Juman Al Abadi and Cecilia; practice nurses Tracey Brady, Katrina Hoye, Clare Batten*, Megan Gleeson* and Hayley Stonehouse*; administration support officers Georgia Billings, Shanon Curran, Erica Wines and Carolyn Lucas*. (BTW If you’d love to join this terrific team they’re currently after some more administration staff; both casual and part-time.)
Having opened in 2012, SWMC was the first in Warrnambool to offer an online booking option. It was also Warrnambool’s first late-night clinic and Sunday clinic. It’s open from 8.30am–8.30pm Mondays–Thursdays, 8.30am–5.30pm on Fridays and on Sundays from 2-5.30pm.
Practice manager Jannah Wright hopes SWMC will wrap up its first decade by seeing greater engagement with patients and looks forward to working with them over the next year to develop an even more family-oriented and supportive practice. Additionally, the practice is committed to research and education. It’s currently working with Melbourne University on a research project aimed at increasing awareness of bowel cancer screening. ‘We look forward to participating in more research and education activities in coming years,’ she says.