Humans of the Area – Medowie’s newest GP, Dr Jafrin Mannan

Dr Mannan bring a wealth of experience to Medowie.
Dr Mannan bring a wealth of experience to Medowie.


THIS week’s Human Of The Area is Dr. Jafrin Mannan.

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Dr Mannan comes to Medowie with a wealth of experiences and knowledge to share with our community.

Dr Mannan was born in Bangladesh.

Dr Mannan’s mother was a headmistress in the Bangladesh schools system, but sadly passed away when she was only sixteen.

Her father is a well-respected doctor, who founded a private 75 bed private hospital in Bangladesh.

There seemed to be no other logical choice for Dr Mannan, than to join the field that was such an influential part of her upbringing.

She studied at University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh and came second in her class, earning her graduation.

There she met her husband, Saminul Haque, one of her classmates in the medical program.

Dr. Mannan worked in her father’s hospital for a number of years, as well as lecturing in a private medical colleges in Bangladesh.

She could have stayed on, but had dreams of continuing her medical studies.

Dr Mannan moved to Australia in 2002 joining her sister where she had to retake her medical exams to qualify to practice here.

In 2003 she completed her Masters in Public Health through Sydney University, and in 2005 she finished the AMC (Australian Medical Council) exam in one go.

She completed her internship at John Hunter Hospital and recalls the day she called her father back home.

“I rang him up after completing my Australian Medical registration , and internship, after having already done them in Bangladesh, and said ‘hey, Dad, so, I am a doctor…. again!”

Dr Mannan worked at both Concord and Auburn hospitals in Sydney for a few years and joined General practice in 2010.

She worked for six years in Sydney South in a very busy practice.

In 2016, Dr Mannan and her husband decided it was time for a change, and they moved to Newcastle to settle as she preferred a quieter lifestyle.

For months, she travelled back and forth until her long list of patients had all been transitioned comfortably to new Doctors.

She still works at Penrith skin cancer clinic once a fortnight in Sydney, as a casual lecturer at Newcastle University Medical School, and she is an examiner for the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).

She is the new owner of the Medowie Family Clinic, and is looking forward to building a strong relationship and continuity of care with Medowie locals

She is currently seeing patients three days a week, with the aim to cross over to full time next year.

In addition to her usual practice she has special interest in Children’s health, Skin Cancer and Mental health.

We welcome Dr Jafrin Mannan to Medowie.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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