Port Fairy's Cameron and Linda McPherson are excited to be returning to the seaside town to open Shearwater Medical Clinic at Moyne Health Services.
The in-house doctors clinic is expected to open mid-July with refurbishments of the old hospital on Villiers Street almost complete.
The McPhersons are no stranger to Port Fairy, having lived in the area for nine years and Dr McPherson started his career in the town.
"I grew up outside of Ballarat, became a doctor and I knew I wanted to work in the country," Dr McPherson said. "I couldn't believe it when I got offered the job in Port Fairy as it has the full gamut of health.
"After seven years I wanted an adventure and so we headed off to Arnhem Land and we've been in Warrnambool for the past two years.
"I'm really excited to be back in Port Fairy, it's a great community and a wonderful spot. We've lived here for nine years which is still 40 years off from being a local but we're trying."
Mrs McPherson completed her critical care studies in the trauma centre at the Alfred Hospital and intensive care unit at The Royal Melbourne.
"We really enjoyed working in Port Fairy last time we were here," she said. "The community has grown and there's definitely a need for the clinic.
"I'm really excited to be part of the community again. It's a privilege to serve in the community where we live."
Aside from general medical services, the pair have a particular passion for health promotion and disease prevention, and are looking forward to helping provide support to the urgent care centre at MHS.
"It's great to work together," Dr McPherson said. "Linda is a fantastic nurse with a tonne of clinical experience and she does all the things like vaccinations and pap smears, and she has a special interest in chronic illnesses.
"I can't really practice general practice without a reliable nurse, we make a good team."
Dr McPherson has experience of running a medical clinic and is excited to work to the needs of the Port Fairy community.
"We've never built a clinic before from scratch but partnering with Moyne Health Services has been great," he said.
"Initially the clinic will operate with just the two of us starting off and we're hoping to grow in time to meet the needs of community."
MHS chief executive Jackie Kelly identified the need for a Port Fairy general practitioner service through a strategic plan for the hospital.
"To be able to offer these services from within our building is something that was identified as a real need in our five year MHS service plan so we're excited to see it come to fruition," she said.
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