Headspace Bundaberg has welcomed a new general practitioner at its Woongarra Street centre.
Dr Adeel Khan will practice from headspace Bundaberg two days per week and will meet with young people aged 12 to 25 years.
“Having a doctor at headspace ensures more young people can receive a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing,” headspace Bundaberg centre manager Dean Hyland said.
“We can have up to 400 young people attend our centre per month, so to have a doctor who can work closely with our mental health team to ensure a holistic care plan is in place is really opportune.
“For young people to meet with a doctor who will personalise their healthcare in a place that is familiar and comfortable is really important.”
Dr Khan has been practising in Bundaberg for over five years and he is looking forward to building relationships with young people at headspace.
“I find the most important part about seeing young people is listening and building mutual respect for one another,” Dr Khan said.
“We all have our challenges in life; some physical, others emotional, social, financial, or even environmental. It is often not easy talking about these things, especially to a doctor, but it is important to know that help is available.
“If someone wants to just come in for a chat, that’s fine too, we don't always have to talk medicine,” he said.
Moving from Canada 10 years ago, Dr Khan has settled into Bundaberg life with his young family.
“I was born and raised in Canada, grew up in Toronto, but I made the move to Australia about 10 years ago to further my studies, I am currently completing a dual Masters in Public Health and Infectious Disease Intelligence,” he said.
“I met my wife in Brisbane, we married five years ago, and we have our hands full with our 8-month old, but it’s our two cats that really keep me grounded,” he said.
“In my small amount of spare time, I like dreaming about travel and keeping up-to-date with new technologies and games, in fact, I cannot wait for Part 2 of FFVII.”
Young people do not need to be an attendee at headspace to receive care with Dr Khan.
“We are taking new patients now,” said Mr Hyland.
“All young people are welcome at headspace whether it's for physical health, mental health, sexual health check ups or to just say hello.”
Every headspace centre works to deliver on four core focus areas for youth health, which includes mental health; physical and sexual health; work, school and study, and alcohol and other drugs.
If you are aged between 12 and 25 and need to see a GP for your health and wellness, book an appointment now with Headspace Bundaberg on 4152 3931 or email
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