Fresh face for healthcare in Bourke

The new doctor at Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, Dr Ayesha Sheikh. Photo contributed

Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (BACHS) has a new female doctor, Dr Ayesha Sheikh.

Dr Sheikh and her husband, Heath Brooke, have come to Bourke after a five-year term at Innisfail in north Queensland.

Dr Sheikh comes with a string of qualifications and a broad range of skills and specialties, which will be of huge benefit to the residents of Bourke. After studying at Melbourne University, Dr Sheikh completed her postgraduate studies remotely through Monash University, and travelled regularly to far-north Queensland as part of her John Flynn Scholarship.

Named after the Australian visionary who established the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Presbyterian Minister, the Rev John Flynn, the placement program offers university students regular rural placements, returning to the same location, helping to create lasting connections with people and places.

Dr Sheikh has completed her Diploma of Child Health with Sydney University and obtained her obstetric qualifications with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

She is also studying her Master’s in Public Health and completing her Advanced Training in Drug and Alcohol Support.

Dr Sheikh says her main passion is engaging with people, and she doesn’t care if she is helping men, women, children, or babies, she enjoys it all.

“We all face troubles in our lives, and we all face medical problems, and I really want the people of Bourke to know there’s help available here.

“I want to provide non-judgmental support, I’m here to help support the individual and the community.

Dr Sheikh’s wants people to know she is available to visit and have a chat, and to open doors for preventative health.

“Once the doors are open, we can then go ahead and assist with medical needs or personal support, be it pregnancy planning, chronic health matters, diabetes, whatever it is - it all starts with engagement and trust.

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