DIAGNOSING a shortage of medical practitioners in rural Australia has led Indian-born Dr Praveen Yadav to Grafton.
Desiring an escape from the "rat-race experience" of city living after stints in Hobart and Sydney, Dr Yadav fell in love with the Clarence Valley, describing his new home as "a lovely country town."
In April, he was officially welcomed as the newest member of the team at Queen St Clinic.
"I wanted a relaxed lifestyle. I really like Grafton and working at Queen St clinic," he said.
"It is amazing and very organised. Everyone is so happy there and the best thing is the involvement I have with my colleagues and the work culture.
"The local people are interested in talking to one another and more friendly than other places where I have previously lived."
Since moving to the region, Dr Yadav has built a steady number of new patients and forged new friendships with local residents.
He practises in elderly health care and has previous experience working in the dermatology and mental health fields in Sydney.
Dr Yadav says he would like to see more doctors come to regional Australia to connect small communities to a common network.
The doctor says he believes the shortage of doctors in rural areas is "concerning".
He believes more medical practitioners should relocate to rural communities "where there is plenty of work available and communities in need of more full-time doctors".
"If more doctors would go to rural communities it would benefit a lot of people," he said.
"I think there is a shortage of doctors in a lot of rural areas and I'd like to see health care become more accessible for the people who live there.
"Everyone deserves the best medical treatment available and I want to help make it possible for rural communities in need," Dr Yadav said.
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