ECHUCA GP Ryan Shannan knew life would be different when he moved from Sydney, but he never expected to fall in love with life on the Murray.
The 33-year-old has called time on his foray into country medicine with hopes of returning to Echuca-Moama to settle down in the future.
Becoming a GP was an easy choice for Dr Shannan because it offered the ability to build a relationship and offer continuity of care that other medical specialties don’t allow.
And life as a country doctor offered even more perks – the chance to deal with a broad spectrum of health issues and a level of complexity not seen as a metro doctor.
After relocating to Australia from Turkey in 2012, Dr Shannan felt the call of the country and took on a position at Echuca Medical Centre in 2014.
His first impression of the area was the warmth and friendliness offered by colleagues and clients.
“I’ve made more friends here than I have anywhere else. The staff were all wonderful,” he said.
“Patients have been grateful and extremely appreciative of what I do.”
He moved to Rich River Health Group early this year where his favourable impression of country life increased.
“The clinical and admin staff at Rich River and Echuca Regional Health are owed some big thanks,” Dr Shannan said.
“Their expertise has been essential in my development as a GP.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given in my time here and I am thankful to have lived and worked in such a warm community.”
And it’s not only the people that are making it hard for the young doctor to leave.
He said he had acquired a taste for local cuisine, with Shebani’s and the Junction his personal favourites.
Mr Shannan plans to explore his passion for travelling while working as a locum doctor around Australia for the next two years.
“Seeing Australia has always been a goal of mine,” he said.
“Getting paid while you travel is a great lifestyle and I want to explore that opportunity while it’s available.”