Family doctor makes permanent move to Chatham-Kent from Australia

A family doctor who arrived in Chatham-Kent last year from Australia to do locum has made the move permanent.

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Dr. Malay Shah joined the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centers as a full-time physician at the Chatham CHC site as of Monday, stated a release.

Shah joined the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2023 to practice medicine in Canada completing locum work with CKCHC this past year, the release said. Since August 2018, Shah has been working as a family practice physician at Gateway Health in Wangaratta, Australia.

“My family and I are very excited to be joining the Chatham-Kent community,” Shah said in the media release. “Earlier this year, I had an excellent opportunity to complete a locum position with the CKCHC, which I found to be quite similar to my practice in Australia.

“I appreciate the many health challenges that are faced by regional and rural towns, and look forward to using my experience to support this community.”

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Noting his wife and her family have lived in Chatham-Kent for 40 years, Shah said, “We appreciate the many opportunities that Chatham-Kent has to offer, and we are looking forward to raising our family here.

Many thanks to the CKCHC and the rest of the community for the very warm welcome,” he said.

However, Shah will not be accepting new clients at this time, the CKCHC said.

Heather Carnahan, director of clinical and client services said, “We are honored that Dr. Shah chose CKCHC to begin his career in family practice in Ontario.

“Dr. Malay Shah brings extraordinary talent to the CKCHC, which is a great compliment to the remarkable team we already have in place,” she said.

“We want to thank Dr. Shah for choosing to close his successful practice in Australia to join CHC and enabling us to further expand access to primary care and assist in improving the health and wellbeing of the community,” Carnahan said.

Shah received his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney in Medicine and Surgery and completed his fellowship at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and holds a Diploma in Child Health from Sydney Children’s Hospital Network at the University of Sydney.

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