Dou­ble dose of doc­tors take reins at GP prac­tice

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

CARD­WELL will re­ceive a dou­ble dose of medicine with the ar­rival of two new gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers next month.

The sea­side town’s only live- in GP, Dr Gawie Roux, an­nounced in May he was hang­ing up his stetho­scope af­ter 15 years and mov­ing to Toowoomba to be closer to fam­ily.

But not be­fore Dr Roux took the un­usual step of launch­ing his own online re­cruit­ment cam­paign, which helped lure Townsville hus­band and wife team Dr Vic­tor and Dr Carmelina Ma­mawal to take over his Card­well Fam­ily Prac­tice.

Dr Vic­tor Ma­mawal and his wife – both orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines – have been prac- tis­ing at the Blue­wa­ter Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Townsville since 2008. “We have just been granted Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship, and this is the best way we can re­pay you for wel­com­ing us as one of your own,” Dr Vic­tor said. “( We) would love to live and work in beau­ti­ful Card­well and con­tinue with an ex­cel­lent ser­vice for the whole re­gion.”

Dr Carmelina has a spe­cial in­ter­est in women’s health, aged care and in­dige­nous health, and plans to ex­pand the scope of Card­well clinic.

Dr Roux said it was a great win for Card­well, con­sid­er­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to de­cen­tralise med­i­cal ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“I will be able to have a sound sleep at night know­ing that Card­well’s pa­tients are in safe, car­ing and ex­pe­ri­enced hands,” Dr Roux said.

“I want to thank the ( media) and the Medi­care Lo­cals for their suc­cess­ful cam­paigns to find suc­ces­sors for this 40year- old med­i­cal ser­vice on the Cas­sowary Coast.”

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