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Vimmi’s variety

Since joining The Fono Manurewa earlier this year, General Practitioner Dr Vimmi Thakur has enjoyed being able to work with a variety of people. Having spent most of her early life travelling with her family around India, as her father was in the military, she says settling in New Zealand was a choice made after seeing Mt Cook.

Vimmi says the army background led her to have a nomadic spirit herself.

Seeing different cultures within her own country growing up, solidified in her a sense of the multi-cultural society.

She completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in India and worked in clinical and academic areas before immigrating to New Zealand.

In New Zealand she has worked in diverse areas which has enabled her to fully integrate into New Zealand lifestyle and culture, as she has met Kiwis from all walks of life in her different positions.

“My first 10 years here gave me a very diverse range of experiences,” she laughs.

While working towards her general practitioner fellowship she also completed her Clinical Diploma in Palliative medicine. In New Zealand she has obtained her general practice fellowship from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice and a Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine after working for six months with Totara hospice. She has also worked as a GP at a practice in Howick.

At The Fono Manurewa, Vimmi hopes she can contribute to the overall health literacy in South Auckland.

“It’s a common concern for doctors that work in South Auckland,” Vimmi says, “people tend to neglect their health.”

She hopes to raise a bit more awareness with her own patients to take more care of themselves and not wait too long.

Joining the team in Halver Road, not only has Vimmi gained a diverse set of patients, but also a tight-knit team.

“The thing about this place is that people have a heart, it’s not just about money.”

The Fono’s affordable care brings in a diverse range of patients, some of them benefitting from her ability to speak Hindi, Urdu and understand Punjabi and Marathi.

“It’s good for them to be able to express what’s wrong with them, in their mother tongue.”

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