PDH Welcomes New Director of Medical Services

Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Portland District Health’s new Director of Medical Service Kaushik Banerjea says his work comes down to one basic philosophy.

My job is to keep patients safe,” Dr Banerjea said. We need to take care of people and provide the best possible care,” he said. We don't want to cut corners and we don't want to be providing outdated care or treat patients as another number.

Dr Banerjea completed his physician training in India. After medical school, he joined the army where he stayed for five years and left as a Major in 1994.

I left because I didn’t like the amount of medical work I had,he said. All my potential patients were fighting fit so I didn’t have much to do.

He then went to England to undertake further training before moving to the warmer climate of the Caribbean for eight years where he completed post graduate training.

In 2005 he came to Australia with his wife Krishna and young family.

Australia had a fascination for us; it was in the southern hemisphere and it was unknown to us,Dr Banerjea said.

He worked as an emergency physician at Tweed Heads before moving to the Gold Coast and later Western Australia and more recently Bairnsdale. This is the first time in my life I've taken a job in the same state, Dr Banerjea said. In the past changing jobs meant changing countries.

Dr Banerjea says he was attracted to the Portland role to continue his passion for teaching and studying. He will be undertaking another fellowship in medical administration during his time in Portland.

He's impressed with the people and professionalism at PDH.

It's nice to go to an organisation and see people you don't know and they smile at you and I'm very impressed with the medical and clinical services, he said.

The specialist model is a very positive step. There is no doubt there is more we need to do, but the staff we have are brilliant.

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