GP PROFILE WITH DR ANNA PHAM
1st November 2017
This month we profile Dr Anna Pham, Practice Principal and owner of Picton Family Medical Centre. Dr Pham has worked in the Wollondilly region for more than 10 years. Read about her passion for general practice, hobbies and what she likes about the Wollondilly region here.
Name: Dr Anna Pham
Position: Practice Principal and Owner of Picton Family Medical Centre.
How long have you been practising in Wollondilly and as a whole?
I have been a GP in Picton for over 10 years.
When did you decide you wanted to become a GP?
I have always been a quietly driven but also a quietly passionate and ambitious person, with a strong sense of justice. I thought my calling was to be a lawyer. But one week work experience in year 10 taught me that I needed a career with more humanitarian focus.
Choosing general practice as a speciality was borne out of my personal need for variety in my daily work. Not just clinical diversity, which general practice is well known for, but diversity in my every day responsibility as well.
On any given working day, I am doctor, teacher, supervisor, business owner, practice principal, boss, leader, mentor, friend.
I thrive on the challenge these roles present to me on a daily basis.
General practice has allowed me to practice, refine and enhance these roles from a very early stage in my career. Much earlier than would be possible had I chosen another speciality.
What are your passions within your role? Are you striving to achieve a certain goal within your practice and/or community?
My goal from the time I made the decision to service Wollondilly, was to put Wollondilly "on the map", and create awareness of our existence, thereby attracting services to the community, and then retaining these services. Convert the "poor cousin" image where medical services skipped us and went straight from Camden to Bowral. Services used to cease at Razorback. I wanted Wollondilly to cease being the invisible valley between Camden and Bowral that every one seemed to miss on the map.
What has been the highlight of your career? We are definitely on the map now. Everyone you talk to from lay people to policy makers, knows of Wollondilly. We have specialists, allied health, radiology. Our population is also exploding. We seem to be the "town to watch". In some aspects we are actually leading the change in how healthy urban town planning can be successfully done through successful partnership between local council, PHN, LHD and local GPs.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy interior decoration - my house never looks the same for more than 2 years. I also love clothes, travelling, theatre, and fine dining. I could also do with more shoes. I just made myself sound very precious haven't I....
What do you love most about the Wollondilly region?
Wollondillians are country people at heart. We are loyal, we have service mentality, we are battlers. The flood that hit us 2 years ago was testament to our strong community spirit. So many businesses were affected by the floods. So many people lost their livelihoods and their homes. Over the tears, the community banded together, offered their time, money and muscles and helped each other to rebuild the community. It is truly an honour to be of service to Wollondilly.