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. Prasanthie Rupasinghe, MBBS, FRACGP
Prasanthie is well known at Health & Wellbeing North Ward and has recently completed her Fellowship for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
She has worked for a number of years as a Doctor, in hospitals and Emergency Departments in different towns and cities. We are proud to have Prasanthie at Health & Wellbeing North Ward!
She has had years of experience in Anaesthesiology, Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
Prasanthie works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Monday to Friday.
Dr. Joanne Bell, MBChB (2001), MRCS (London), DO-HNS (Diploma Otorhinolaryngology), S100 Prescriber (HIV), FRACGP
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. Raymond Blackman, MBBS, FRACGP
Raymond was in the first batch of Indigenous Students graduating in Medicine at JCU. He has worked at the Townsville Hospital, Palm Island and the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service. He has recently completed his Fellowship course in General Practice and now works with us for 3 sessions a week.
Raymond’s area of interest is Indigenous Health but he also has experience and interests in all aspects of General Practice.
We are proud to say that when he is not here, Raymond dedicates the rest of his time to Palm Island.
Raymond works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward on Friday.
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 Suzanne O’Sullivan
Suzanne has been working at Health and Wellbeing since January 2017.
She completed her undergraduate medical degree at James Cook University in 2013, and since then has worked primarily in Townsville, with short stints in Ayr, Hughenden and Herberton in 2015.
During her time working at The Townsville Hospital, she spent time in multiple medical specialties including internal medicine, gynaecology, rehabilitation medicine, palliative care and gastroenterology. She enjoys the great variety of General Practice, but her special interests include mental health, internal medicine and palliative care.
When not at work, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, reading great books, occasionally going for a kayak up the Ross River and being a part of her local church.
Suzanne works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Monday to Friday.
Dr Megan Arlett
Megan works at Health & Wellbeing North Ward Monday to 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.