An Iranian-born GP who has broken down barriers to the treatment of socially isolated and marginalised communities in Sunraysia has won the AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award for 2014.
Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour (“call me Dr Mehdi”), who works as a GP at the Tristar Medical Group in Mildura, has been recognised for his work in overcoming cultural, social and linguistic barriers to provide specialist care, especially mental health services, for many people unwilling or unable to access mainstream health services in Sunraysia.
He was presented with the award in Canberra last week by AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton at the AMA’s annual conference.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to have the good work we’re doing in our rural community recognised on the national stage,” Dr Mehdi said.
“Since 2007, Tristar has increased the availability of mental health professionals and GPs in the Sunraysia region.
“The service we have here, including mental health, makes it easier for people from all walks of life to access professional health services.”
Dr Hambleton said the Excellence in Healthcare Award was given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving health or medical care in Australia.
“Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour had, in the best traditions of the medical profession, strived to ensure quality health care was provided for all in his community, including many groups that often fall through the cracks of the health system,” Dr Hambleton said.
Dr Mehdi trained in and practiced medicine in Turkey, before migrating to Australia where he started working in the Victorian public hospital system in 2005.
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