The residents of Australia’s Central Coast are fortunate to have access to the services of Dr. Raouf Farag, a gynecologist and obstetrician practicing out of his longtime office location in Gosford, New South Wales. Dr. Farag has always provideda wide range of obstetric care for women throughout the entirety of their pregnancies, and he has long been considered one of the area’s leading experts on all aspects of the IVF procedure. With the assistance of a caring and compassionate staff that includes several midwives and sonographers, Dr. Farag treats his patients with a great deal of care and has worked tirelessly to ensure he and his staff are attentive to the unique needs of each and every patient.
What do you do for work?
I own and run a medical practice focusing on obstetrics and gynecology. I myself am an obstetrician and a gynecologist, and I specialize in IVF treatments as well as high-risk pregnancies.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I felt that it offered me the best opportunity to help people in a very deep and meaningful way. It has proved to be a wonderful decision, and there is not a single day in which I do not feel incredibly grateful for choosing the medical field I did.
In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
In general, the field of medicine allows doctors to generate a great deal of good for others. My role in particular has enabled me to help so many couples start or add to their family.
What is it that you enjoy most about living in Gosford, New South Wales?
The whole Central Coast is just so amazing, and Gosford in particular has so much to do and so much to see that it is hard to identify just one thing. I think the mild climate is the most appealing aspect, especially since I tend to prefer outdoor activities.
What do you do for recreation?
I usually take long walks or hikes through the parks or along the beach. Avoca Beach is fairly close, and there are some very nice national parks nearby as well.
If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’d like to see Kyoto in the winter. I’ve heard the temples are absolutely stunning and that winter is particularly serene.
Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
I like them all, but if had had to choose one it would probably be cricket.
Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
Jim Lawson was really instrumental in establishing public health programs throughout Australia, and his dedication to addressing the medical needs of the public while also creating programs aimed at prevention has always been a source of inspiration for me on both a personal and professional level.
What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Make a plan to stay in the country for as long as possible. There is simply so much to do and see that a short vacation is not enough time to really get a sense of everything that makes Australia so unique.
What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist from outside the country has ever asked you about Australia?
I’ve actually had a number of people ask about our chemists, specifically why they aren’t called pharmacies instead.