Doctors opt for (Jaca) treechange

By JULIA ILES

TWO weeks ago the Umer family exchanged the hustle and bustle of city life for Jacaranda trees and better odds of finding a parking space.

Dr Muddassra Umer now works at the Duke Street Clinic, while her husband Dr Umer works in the emergency department at the Grafton Base Hospital.

"I know we've only been here a short time, but so far everyone is great, really friendly and co-operative and its easy to intermingle with them," she said.

It has been a long road to Grafton for the family as it took two years for them to secure a seat to sit the examination to practise medicine in Australia.

"We love being here so far ... it is a lot less congested than Sydney it's great to have escaped the busyness," Dr Umer said.

For 15 years he worked as a general practitioner in his home country of Pakistan.

"I am lucky to have the opportunity to work here, but what I do is pretty much the same as what I did back home, all people have the same problems wherever you go," he said.

The couple have two boys ? Abdullah, 10 and Abdulrahman, 5.

Although Dr Umer's job is stressful, he said he liked the excitement and variety it presented.



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