ARARAT Medical Centre has welcomed two recruits to its team of doctors in the past several weeks.
Doctors Faraz Ahmad and Upendra Shrestha each bring a wealth of experience to the practice, and both said they intended to stay for a long period of time.
Dr Shrestha said he chose the Ararat clinic for its high standard of practice.
"Before I applied I had in mind to practice somewhere in Victoria ... I spent about five years in Melbourne before I came here," he said. "I wanted to start my medical career (in Australia) in a very settled practice with lots of doctors and good supervision, which was key for me.
"I also wanted to shift somewhere with a good family life."
Dr Shrestha has a wife and young baby, and recently completed two master's degrees, one in public health and one in social work.
Prior to his studies in Australia Dr Shrestha completed his medical studies in China.
"I went to Singapore for some special courses then went back to Nepal - I'm from Nepal - and did my internship and worked for a few years in general practice and an emergency setting, then went to the Middle East to work as a general practitioner," he said.
Dr Ahmad also has extensive overseas experience as well managing emergency departments.
"I've been here (in Ararat) for a couple of months and worked in Australia for four years before starting here," he said. "I was managing an extremely busy emergency department."
Dr Ahmad moved to Ararat for a tree change.
"I was working in Melbourne for a big hospital and had a contract for next year but I wasn't enjoying it for the last year or so," he said. "With my family growing up as well I wanted to spend more time with them as well and bring them up somewhere a bit rural.
"I really like the town and thought I needed to make this move ... my only gripe is I could have done this a bit earlier."
Dr Ahmad said he has found people in Ararat very welcoming. He decided to move to Australia from his home country of Pakistan for a very specific reason.
"I fell in love with the Australian cricket team," he said. "I'm probably the only person from Pakistan who goes for an Australian team."
The Practice now has 13 doctors.
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