Home­com­ing per­fect tonic for medi­cos

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

One of the re­gion’s small­est towns has pro­duced sib­ling doc­tors at Al­bany Health Cam­pus.

Emily and Alex Fergie were once chil­dren play­ing in their home­town of Ken­de­nup but they have now re­turned to the re­gion as med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

Ms Fergie is an anaes­thetist and her younger brother is an emer­gency physi­cian.

The pair, along­side their two younger sib­lings, at­tended Mt Barker Se­nior High School.

Ms Fergie said they were de­lighted to be able to give back to the com­mu­nity they grew up in.

“It is a real priv­i­lege to be able to come back and work in a place where you grew up,” she said.

“I think we are both (find­ing it ) re­ally sur­real to be able to of­fer some­thing back to the com­mu­nity that sup­ported us as we were train­ing. It is so lovely to be work­ing with my brother and some­times I take him a cof­fee be­cause it is so busy in the Emer­gency Depart­ment.”

Mr Fergie re­turned to the Great South­ern in Jan­uary 2016 while Ms Fergie said she re­turned in Au­gust.

“I would re­ally like to send a strong mes­sage of sup­port to the women of the com­mu­nity down here that if you have a lot of passion, set goals and work hard, then we live in a time now that you can re­ally achieve any­thing you want to do,” she said.

“I think we see a lot of sport­ing role mod­els for the guys and I am ex­cited to see some lo­cal women com­ing back to work.”

Al­though Ms Fergie is work­ing part-time in Al­bany and part-time at a pri­vate prac­tice in Perth, her goal is to be­come full-time in her home­town.

To be­come an anaes­thetist, she stud­ied an ex­tra six years but said it was all worth it when feel­ing the de­light of giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity as a pro­fes­sional.

“I love my job and medicine is a great ca­reer for women,” she said.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

AHC emer­gency physi­cian Alex Fergie and his sis­ter, anaes­thetist Emily Fergie.

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