New paediatrician takes up role in Gladstone
JUST five days ago Dr Sara Bluefeather arrived at her new job - specialist paediatrician shared by the Gladstone Mater and public hospitals.
Dr Bluefeather comes from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, where she grew up and trained to be a paediatrician.
For her the career choice was made during her teen years.
"I really love children. It's exactly the area of medicine where I want to be," she said.
Dr Bluefeather will spend half of her time in each hospital.
And within a couple of months there will be a second paediatrician employed on the same basis, which will create full time paediatric care in both hospitals.
Married to Thomas and with 14-year-old twin boys Forest and Sky, Dr Bluefeather, 39, graduated as a specialist in 2007.
Since then she has worked in the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital, where she was the medical director of a 34-bed paediatric unit - a position she left last month to come to a new adventure in Gladstone.
She said the move to a much smaller region with much smaller hospitals would not be a great shock, as some of her working life had been in small hospitals in semi-rural areas of New Mexico.
Her goal in Gladstone is to quickly get to know the region's general practitioners, to talk about their expectations.
"They have been caring for the young people of Gladstone for a long time and they have a good idea of the issues here," she said.
Already she is aware of the major problems amongst children - obesity, asthma and behavioural problems.
Outside of work she and her family enjoy the outdoors - hiking and biking.
Dr Bluefeather and her two boys are keen to get their hands on their paddleboards as soon as their container arrives from USA.
And she's keen to continue her strong interest in swimming.