Women’s doctor a first for the Fraser Coast region

St Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay has a new gynaecologist Anju Basu.
St Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay has a new gynaecologist Anju Basu. Robyne Cuerel

IT MIGHT be months away from completion but the new St Stephen's medical precinct has attracted the first ever female gynaecologist to the Fraser Coast.

Dr Anju Basu has spent the past 19 years working in New Zealand and said it was more than just the weather that brought her to the region.

"What interested me here was St Stephen's Hospital.

"It's the first of its kind in Australasia where an electronic system is going to be integrated," she said.

"That's certainly going to be better for patient care, as it's going to be safer, smoother and quicker."

Dr Anju, who has worked in the private and public sectors, said introducing more medical services and addressing the region's aging population were issues she hoped to deal with.

"In terms of gynaecology in the private practice, there are just two gynaecologists doing part time so I think in terms of providing service to the community I feel there is a great need for it.

"Women are having to travel all the way to Brisbane at times to have their health needs met, so having someone here will certainly be useful in cutting down time of travel.

Dr Anju said engaging with the community was an important part of her profession.

"Wherever I'm going to live I want to be an integral part of that society, I'm not just coming here to work."

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