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15 Jul 2019

Family Doctor Week – July 21 to 27   

 

Dr Nick Yim – Queensland  

Transitioning from pharmacy to medicine isn’t common, but for Dr Nick Yim it was a turning point in his education that built the career he has today.

Torquay Doctors (Torquay Family Practice) in beautiful Hervey Bay has just got a new owner.

“I’m actually about to take ownership. It is a doctor-owned practice and I will be one of three GPs who own it,” Dr Yim says.

“The clinic has four FTE GPs and three FTE nurses.

“I’m from Brisbane. I did my undergraduate at the University of Queensland in pharmacy.

“I was in third year pharmacy and I had a friend who chose medicine. I thought I’d regret it if I didn’t choose medicine too. I made the transition.

“I went to the Gold Coast for my residency in medicine. The traffic was too much for me and I moved up here about six years ago. I’m going to be in Hervey Bay permanently now. It’s a great thing. I leave home in the daylight and I get home in the daylight. It is only 800 metres to get to my practice from home. For me here, it’s lifestyle, liveability, location.

“I see about 30 patients a day and there is a lot of variability. I see quite a lot of chronic disease – diabetes, heart disease, cancer. I have a lot of older patients. It’s a great thing to help look after someone’s health. It’s longitudinal care – from kids being born, to end of life.

“My partner used to see doctors here when she was a kid. Her parents still see them. This clinic has a country feel about it.

“Hervey Bay has about 58,000 residents in the area, but with the holiday influx that shoots up to about 100,000 in peak times.

“The biggest reason I’m doing medicine is the longitudinal care. We know the people. I love it. It’s great to be part of the work.”


Published: 15 Jul 2019