fbpx
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Doctors Inc

The community’s medical fraternity gathers for its annual event

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Dr P Malaowalla, Dr S Vyas, Minister Ra Williams, Dr Jay Chandra AM, Dr P Sawrikar OAM, Dr GK Harinath OAM

What do doctors talk about when they get together? The banter is about new trends at work, peers who have been in the news, and there’s a doctor joke or three.
You could put a tick against all of these, at the 36th annual dinner of the Australian Indian Medical Graduates Association.
At the elegant event held at Luna Park, President Dr Sunil Vyas outlined the activities of the organisation. It looks after the professional interests of its members, advocates for new doctors moving here from India, and works closely with the larger Australian Medical Association.
Over the years, it has also built relationships with medical associations in India and those in the diaspora, and is well known in the community for its activities pertaining to preventive health checks. Its professional lectures in the medical as well as financial spheres are popular among members, as are the overseas medical conferences. (This year’s conference, slated for October, will be held in Iceland and Norway.)

As chief guest, the Consul General of India (Sydney) Mr Vanlalvawna spoke of the deep affection for Indian doctors that he has seen during his time in Australia. “You are doing much to enhance the image of India in this country,” he said.
Speaking of the healthcare relationships between the two countries, Mr Vanlalvawna urged the doctors to look out for opportunities for collaborations. Medical tourism to India alone will be up 20% by the year 2020 to become a $6 billion industry, he pointed out.
Many of our community’s medical practitioners are already doing their bit towards the country that trained them, with regular programs such as intervention camps in areas where they are needed most.
And many, of course are felicitated by the country they now call home and in which they serve. Each year in the government’s Honours lists announced on Australia Day and on the Queen’s Birthday, Indian-origin doctors find a regular mention.
On this occasion, it was wonderful to see three such achievers felicitated by their peers: Dr GK Hari Harinath OAM; Dr P Sawrikar OAM, and Dr Jay Chandra AM. No doubt they will serve as role models to the younger members of the association, whose numbers, it was interesting to observe, have been gradually rising.

Eminent cardiologist Dr Ross Walker presented the keynote address.  The North Shore based specialist is well-known for his turns in the media (Channel 9’s Today Show, A Current Affair and Excess Baggage, and radio stations 2UE, 6PR, 4BC and 3AW), and for his frequent appearances on the speakers’ circuit. Famous for debunking the myths of modern health and a proponent of a simpler back-to-basics approach to it all, on this occasion Dr Walker spoke about reducing the risk of heart disease without the use of statins (cholesterol-lowering medication). He recommends that we should investigate our susceptibility to heart disease by means of a “coronary calcium score” which is a measure of the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries. (A CT scan can do this). This, along with the use of supplements and vitamins, can greatly reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dr Walker also recommends certain lifestyle guidelines in what he calls his “Five keys to ultimate health”. These are: have no addictions; seven to eight hours of good quality sleep; eat less and more naturally; three-to five hours of testing exercise; and happiness and contentment.
Elsewhere, Dr Walker has also spoken about his “Five keys to ultimate happiness”. Well worth a google.
Dr Ross Walker felicitated by AIMGA President Dr S Vyas

His lively presentation, peppered with jokes, slides of cartoons and phrases such as “that shonky little place in the UK, Cambridge”, had the audience in splits.
It was perhaps his words in conclusion that resonated the strongest with his audience: “It is a privilege to live, and privilege to be a doctor.”

- Advertisement -
Rajni Anand Luthra
Rajni Anand Luthra
Rajni is the Editor of Indian Link.

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

0
To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

0
  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah twitter thread

Women, what would you tell your school age self?

0
  Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Monash University's Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah was asked to speak at a girl's school. The inspiring academic,...
women empowerment

WATCH: Hindi poem about women empowerment

0
  Ever have those days where nothing is going your way? You feel demotivated and wonder, "what's the point?". The last couple of weeks in Australia...
march 2021 shows and movies

Indian shows and movies to watch in March 2021

0
  Bombay Begums (Netflix) After the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), director Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another empowering series about women. Set in urban...

Japanese billionaire seeks eight artists for free Moon ride

0
  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a free ride to the Moon on a SpaceX Starship rocket sometime...