GP Profile - Dr Soheyl Aran
7th November 2018
Dr Soheyl Aran has been caring for his patients from Cecil Hills Medical Centre for 20 years. He is passionate about education – for himself, his registrars and his patients.
- How long have you been practising in Cecil Hills and as a whole?
I’ve been a general practitioner for about 24 years, mostly in South Western Sydney. In 1996 I was working in Blacktown, then I went to Wetherill Park and Fairfield before opening my own practice. I’ve been at this practice for about 20 years.
- When did you decide you wanted to become a GP?
I always wanted to be a doctor. I had a game kit for doctors when I was five years of age. I like that feeling of helping others. I was originally from Iran where we had a lot of rural areas that didn’t have enough doctors. I felt I could go there and help some of those people. I’ve been lucky to become a doctor and I will never regret it.
- What are your passions within your role?
I’ve always wanted to be able to give continuity of care. Even when I was at university and a lot of my friends talked about being physicians or surgeons, I thought ‘no, I want to be able to do a lot of things’ and also I want to know what happens to my patients. I enjoy the relationship with my patients, it’s very unique, they’re like part of your family – we talk, we fight, we argue sometimes. They tell you everything if you have a good relationship. That’s what makes me really passionate about my job.
- Are you striving to achieve a certain goal within your practice and/or community?
We have a lot of people coming from war torn areas, very rich but with a lot of problems with things like prejudice against different nationalities, so there are a lot of psychological issues. They don’t accept they may have psychological problems because they don’t accept the concept of things like depression and anxiety. When they present to you they don’t present like any case that you’ve read about. They present like they have a physical illness – they think they have a disease and you have to fix the disease. They are not health literate so you have to sit and educate them. Luckily I speak three languages – English, Persian and Arabic – and that makes it much easier for me to communicate but it is very challenging.
- What has been the highlight of your career?
I’ve achieved what I wanted. I became a doctor and had my own practice, got to see how the practice worked and then sold the practice. I’m happier here now. I don’t have to do a lot of administration work or worry about recruiting doctors. I work, I take care of my patients and I have more time to be involved in education with registrars and through GP Synergy, training providers for the family medicine program. I also always wanted to live on property and I have two-and-a-half acres, I have three beautiful kids, a beautiful wife, a very supportive family and I’ve been blessed with this country because they have done so much for us.
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
Gardening – I have two green houses, including a herbal green house, and a lot of fruit trees which is beautiful. Education – trying to update myself all the time, it’s always going to be a learning process, you are never going to finish learning.
- What do you love most about the Cecil Hills/Liverpool Local Government Area?
It’s multicultural, so there are different foods. It’s a growing area and we’re getting the airport which makes it more interesting. I live about five minutes from here so I don’t have to worry about traffic, I don’t waste time travelling.
- Do you have any final thoughts you’d like to share with us?
Many people come from countries where we don’t have good medical care – we have to pay and if we don’t pay the doctors don’t see us. In my country, I had a laceration and they didn’t want to do anything until I paid them. Here hospitals treat people for free – the government subsidises everything. Sometimes, I think we forget where we came from and demand more than we should. People have to realise this country can’t keep giving, giving, giving – we have to be responsible. We have people seeing multiple doctors – maybe see two doctors but not five or six. There’s duplication of pathology results, duplications of medications. If it’s free, there’s no value to it, if people had to pay for it that wouldn’t be happening, even a small amount $1 or $5. Make people stop and think, do I really need this test?