Family leads doctors to Rocky for Allenstown's new recruits
MOTIVATED by honourable values and family example, it is no surprise that two newly settled Rockhampton doctors, Nadim Cody and Myo Aung, chose medicine as their careers.
Both recently joined Rockhampton's expanding Allenstown Medical Centre, much to the delight of principal Dr Geoff Cashion.
While Dr Aung has relocated from Canberra, her counterpart Dr Cody is well and truly a "local".
He was a Gracemere lad and from primary school went on to Rockhampton State High.
"Then I did an undergraduate in biomedical science at Central Queensland University before graduating from medicine at the University of Queensland in 2008," Dr Cody explained.
After some years at Ipswich General Hospital working in various departments, he demonstrated the ideal his parents bestowed in him of believing it was an "honour to serve".
In 2012, he jumped at the opportunity to volunteer with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) at Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
He then went on another mission in 2013 to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
While it was not an easy time, Dr Cody said the volunteer work was inspirational as a leveller to have awareness of "the other side of life".
On returning to Queensland, he worked in the inpatient palliative care unit at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.
After graduating in 2007 at the University of Medicine in Burma, softly spoken Dr Aung moved to Australia in 2009 where in Sydney she was domiciled in various health roles for two years.
With a diploma in childhood health, Dr Aung then spent two years at the RN Canberra Hospital, expanding her skills in a variety of medical functions.
The common thread for Drs Aung and Cody, despite being from different cultures and diverse backgrounds, is interwoven through their family's participation in medical careers.
"I came to Rockhampton on the recommendation of my sister Sue Aung who is a doctor at Yeppoon," Dr Aung said.
She has another sibling nursing at the Rockhampton Base Hospital.
Dr Cody's family is virtually enshrined in medicine.
His father Robert is the long-serving director of nursing at the Woorabinda Health Service, while his mother Mandash is now an enrolled nurse after providing home day care in Gracemere for 23 years.
"My sister Emily is a nurse at the Rocky Base Hospital, while Eamon my brother is a psychologist graduate," Dr Cody said.
Dr Cashion said the two doctors would only enhance the quality ranks of medical practitioners at the Allenstown Medical Centre.