New doctors for the Clarence Valley, Mary Barughese, left, and Thabani Mupudzi.
New doctors for the Clarence Valley, Mary Barughese, left, and Thabani Mupudzi.

Base hospital boos

By Emma Cornford

Between them, Mary Barughese and Thabani Mupudzi have worked from the UK to Africa and Asia.

Now the two doctors, recruited through the Federal Government's Area of Need program, have taken up positions at Grafton Base Hospital in the paediatrics and emergency departments respectively.

And while residents in the Clarence are below the average doctor/patient ratio in NSW, Mr Mupudzi who is from Zimbabwe, has come from an area where there were just two doctors to serve 250,000 people.

"For me being in Grafton will be quite different ... but the people in the department are very friendly and make you feel at home," he said.

"The equipment here is also quite advanced but the main difference is there are a lot of cardiac conditions here but in Africa there are few of them (because) it's mainly a lot of trauma injuries you see from violence."

While there may be many differences for Mr Mupudzi, Mrs Barughese is expecting similar conditions to where she has worked previously in Ire- land, the UK, Papua New Guinea, Townsville and Brunei.

Mrs Barughese, originally from India, specialises in neonatal care and will work in the children's ward in Grafton on Monday and Wednesday and operate a fortnightly clinic in Maclean.

Mrs Barughese said she was looking forward to her position and reducing the travelling time for patients and their parents.

"There has been a lot of pressure on families needing to travel so far for treatment but this will help keep them here."



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