Dr Zachary van Tienen

Dr Zachary (Zac) van Tienen is a General Medicine Advanced Trainee currently working as a Cardiology Registrar at Mildura Cardiology, under the auspices of our Cardiologists. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2018 and worked at the Launceston General Hospital during internship, subsequently moving to Melbourne to pursue physician training. He completed Basic Physician Training at The Northern Hospital in 2023, before moving to The Alfred Hospital this year to continue Advanced Training. He is passionate about providing quality healthcare in rural/regional communities, and while here is engaged in outpatient clinic reviews and stress testing, as well as providing an inpatient consult service to the Mildura Base Public Hospital."

Dr Ozge Guzelburc

Mildura Cardioloyg welcomes their newest member to the team -Dr Ozge Guzelburc Cardiologist.
Dr Guzelburc was born in Turkey and undertook medical training at the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty at Istanbul University before completing her cardiology course at the Siyaniersek Hospital Tertiary Cardio-Vascular Centre in Istanbul.
“In Turkey Cardiology it is a five-and-a-half-year course and a separate discipline to internal medicine.
“I went directly into cardiology training, but it also included training in branches of general medicine.”
Following the completion of her training, Dr Guzelburc worked at the Siyaniersek Hospital as a cardiology consultant.
“I also had a short stint of work experience at the Koc University Hospital’s Cardiology Department in Istanbul.”
So, what brought Dr Guzelburc and her family to Australia, and more specifically Mildura?
“We had been considering a move for a long time. I was in contact with Mildura Cardiology as far back as 2017 to explore possible opportunities to work with them,” she recalls.“The plan was that I was going to come to Mildura in 2019 but, for a variety family reasons, and then the pandemic, the move to Australia was delayed.
“I think Mildura is a beautiful city. Coming from Istanbul, I have really fallen in love with the quiet here, the calmness and the clean air.
“I also like the nice weather and love the heat!
“It is a well-organised, beautiful city and a good place to raise a child.”
Dr Guzelburc’s husband is a urologist, and the couple have an 11-year-old son. They too are now living in Mildura.
Dr Guzelburc says she is enjoying being part of the team at Mildura Cardiology.
“It’s a busy practice, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Courtesy of MBPH 2024 Heartbeat Magazine Summer Edition

Dr Alan Soward OAM

ALAN Soward was standing beside his 95-year-old mother's bed in 2019, saying his final goodbyes, when his wife Bev asked for a moment alone with her.

When Dr Soward left the room, a smile spread across his mother's face as Bev told her that her son had been nominated for a Member of the Order of Australia award for his decades of work as a cardiologist.

She passed away a few weeks later. Now that process will finally come to fruition when Dr Soward receives the award in the 2024 Australia Day honours list.

Dr Soward graduated Monash University in 1976 the same year he was married going on to train at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre before moving to the Alfred Hospital for two years to complete his cardiology training.

He worked for several years in the Netherlands and after moving back to Australia, took up locum work in Mildura, enjoying it so much he never left.

"I worked here as a cardiologist and set up private practice next to the Mildura private hospital and the practice started off with myself as a doctor and Bev, as everything else," Dr Soward said.

"The result now is the Mildura Cardiology. They employ 20 people, have numerous doctors who come and go and have trained specialists."

"There have been some big changes over the years since it was just Bev and I."

Throughout his storied career, Dr Soward said he always found helping clients the most rewarding part of his day.

"I have loved helping people, it was such an honour to have people tell me about their problems so I could try and work out what was wrong and what could be done to help them," he said.

"That gave me a lot of satisfaction and I still like running into people I've cared for over the years at the supermarket or walking up Deakin Avenue, It's very nice.

"I also got great enjoyment from employing people, adding to their lives and giving them a job in a happy and fulfilling workplace."

Dr Soward also played a significant role in ensuring Mildura had access to life saving defibrillators.

"Some years ago, when automatic defibrillators were becoming widely known about, Mildura Cardiology donated defibrillators to sporting and social clubs," he said.

"All in all, we gave about 50 defibrillators.

"One of them was used soon after when a gentleman who was training at one of the ovals had a cardiac arrest and the trainer who was there went and got the defibrillator from the club rooms.

"He pulled a hamstring whilst running over to get it, but he brought the defibrillator back and it was used to save the fellow's life.

"He then had the underlying cardiac problem corrected and he's lived 20 years since in good health."

Dr Soward said he was proud to have been able to provide people with decades of care and honoured to receive an OAM.

"It makes it so much better for regional people to have access to services like cardiology which they would expect to have if they lived in a capital city," he said.

"To have it in a big regional centre like Mildura is very good for people.

"I'm sure it gives people a feeling of reassurance that if they do require treatment, they don’t have to go off to a strange city and are able to have it done locally.

"I felt very humbled when I found out about my nomination and I thought, I just did my job, but obviously others thought that there was some recognition due."

Courtesty of Sunraysia Daily Edition 25.1.24