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GP Profile: Breaking language barriers

Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour has travelled a diverse road in life and in medicine. He was born in Iran and completed his medical training at Ankara’s Hacettepe Medical School in neighbouring Turkey. ‘I graduated in 1999 and in 2000 I got into the training program with the Anatomical Pathology Department at Ankara University and completed my training in anatomical pathology in 2004,’ he told Good Practice.

Sanati Pour migrated to Australia in 2004 and started working and training as a GP registrar in 2008 before being awarded his FRACGP in 2011. It was during a general practice rotation that he met Dr Vasa Skorupanovic, a 40-year GP whose patient experiences made Sanati Pour realise rural general practice was the area into which he wanted to devote his time and energy. ‘I witnessed Skorupanovic’s relationship with the families and with the patients in Mildura [Victoria], where he was basically a part of the family,’ he explained. ‘It was that which captured me; when you listen to people you gain insight into their day-to-day life and you share a lot of memories with them. That is the greatest part about general practice and I wanted to be part of that.’