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The General Practitioners (GPs)

Dr. Andrew Skerman, MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Rural Med, DRANZCOG

Dr Skerman graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993. Andrew has post graduate specialist qualifications in General Practice and diplomas in Obstetrics and Rural Medicine. He has worked in a variety or practice locations from rural Queensland to the national capital. Andrew has moved to Townsville following his wife’s appointment to a senior position at St.Pats College. His special areas of interest include skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, minor surgery, women’s health/obstetrics (including IUD-Mirena and Implanon insertion) and child health.

Andrew is experienced in and enjoys all aspects of general practice.

Andrew works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Monday to Friday.

Dr Orna Scanlon, MB, BCh, BAO, BA (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland), Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Australia), MRCGP (UK), FRACGP

Orna moved to Rockhampton from Ireland in 1996 where she worked at the Base Hospital for 18 months. She then spent 7 years working in different specialties at the Townsville Hospital before moving to the UK in 2003 for 2 years to complete her Membership of the Royal College of GPs.
Upon returning to Townsville in 2005, she worked for 2 years at The Townsville Aboriginal & Island Health Centre before joining the team at Health & Wellbeing North Ward in 2007.

Her special interests are: family medicine, children, women’s health [Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology], Indigenous health, chronic diseases

Orna works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Monday, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr. Natalia Smithson, MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Natalia Smithson has been practicing medicine and living in Townsville since 1997 and a valuable member of our team since 2011.

She loves the breadth of medicine in General Practice, particularly being able to treat clients of all ages – with a special fondness for babies. She has special interest in women’s and children’s health.

If she had hobbies other than eating, sleeping and doing her children’s washing they would be bushwalking, painting, yoga and reading.

Natalia works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Dr. Paolo Morisco, MD, DTM&H, MNHAA, FRACGP

Paolo worked in General Practice in Italy and Bhutan before landing in Australia in 1999. He worked in Tropical areas and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in Liverpool in 1985. In UK he also completed membership to the College of Phytotherapists (in London), thus becoming a Herbal Practitioner and later a Member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia. He worked in Mental Health at the Townsville Hospital till 2009.
In 2003 he completed the Fellowship exam for registration to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is now a GP Trainer and Supervisor.

He brings expertise in General Practice, Mental Health, Herbal Medicine, diagnosis of of skin cancer, Nutritional Medicine and injectable nutrients.

Paolo works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr. Joanne Bell, MBChB (2001), MRCS (London), DO-HNS (Diploma Otorhinolaryngology), S100 Prescriber (HIV), FRACGP

Joanne is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice and takes pride in her work as a specialist in General Practice.
She has a special interest in sexual health including screening for sexually transmitted infections and contraceptives – she is fully qualified to insert the IUD (Mirena) and Implanon device.

She has advanced certification including being an authorised s100 prescriber of hepatitis B and HIV medications. She also prescribes medical therapy for hepatitis C and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP). 

Joanne works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Dr. Jessica Rademaker, MBBS, FRACGP

Jessica has recently returned from maternity leave after welcoming her second child. She will only be doing a few days a week at first but is excited to be back with the team. She is a Townsville local, and loves being able to give back to the community she grew up in. She has now completed all the requirements of her training and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs.

Jessica works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday Mornings.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Larkins, MBBS, MPH, FRACGP, FAGP

A true Aussie, Sarah is a part-time GP, full-time mother and part-time Academic involved in research and teaching at James Cook University. She has several years’ experience in General Practice and we are particularly proud to have her among our Doctors.
Sarah has recently attained professorship at JCU. She is one of the very few women in Australia to do so and this makes us even more proud to have her in our team!
She brings expertise in Medical Research, Public Health, Children and Mothers, Women, Indigenous and Adult Health.

Sarah works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Tuesdays.

Dr. Vicki Stonehouse, MBBS, FRACGP

Vicki has been practicing in Palm Island carrying with her extensive experience in Indigenous and rural health. Vicki has completed her Fellowship for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Townsville and works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward, part-time.

Vicki works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Friday.

Dr. Rhys Edwards, MBBS, FRACOS

Dr Edwards is the Director of Orthopaedics at the Townsville Hospital and holds weekly sessions at Health & Wellbeing North Ward.
Patients need a referral from their own GP to be able to see Dr Edwards.

Rhys works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Saturday mornings.

Dr Annalise Felkel, MBBS, MRACGP

Dr Annalise has joined us after a long assignment in Palm Island.

She is completing her Fellowship and is expected to be a full Fellow by the end of 2019.

She has special interest in Indigenous Medicine and women’s health.

Dr Hil Yin Choi, BAppSci(Physio)(Hon), MD (distinct), MPHTM

Hil Yin first qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the University Medal. He worked as a physiotherapist for several years before he completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He underwent internship and residency at Townsville and Innisfail Hospitals and has since graduated with a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. Hil Yin enjoys a holistic approach to health, and has a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

Hil Yin spends most of his free time now with his wife and young family.

Dr Abdalla Sharif, MBBS, MRACGP

Dr Abdalla is originally from Sudan/Eritrea. He has international experience and a very broad knowledge and experience in all the different areas of General Practice.