Dr. John Buhagiar

MD (Malta) MFSEM (UK) FRACGP

John moved from Malta to FNQ in 2007 and is also fluent in both Italian and Maltese, and some Arabic. John has over 20 years of experience, including a long stint in a general practice in Mossman. Having spent 12 years working with Olympic athletes, John has a major interest in the musculoskeletal system, and completed additional training in sports and exercise medicine in the UK.

John is passionate about history, travelling, exercising and adores his two young children.

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Dr. Amanda Roberts

B. Soc Sci (Cur), MBBCH and FACRRM

Born and raised in South Africa, Amanda moved to Cairns in 2007. She has worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Cairns for many years. Amanda has a special interest in emergency medicine, community services, mental health, acute illness, business and community services… and everything in between. Amanda is the driving force behind Stratford Medical Centre. She is mum to two children, and a multitude of animals.

Dr. Amanda Blinco

MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, JCCA

Amanda ‘B’ has spent most of her career as a “country GP” including stints as a GP Obstetrician and GP Anaesthetist. She has developed many interests and skills from antenatal, to end-of-life care. Notably she has a special interest in women’s health, including Mirena insertion. She enjoys the variety and personal connections of general practice and is happy being a part of the Stratford community.

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Dr. Paul Welsman

Doctor

Dr Paul enjoys the holistic nature of general practice and is interested in all aspects of family medicine. In particular – Men’s health, Children and Adolescent Health and Skin medicine. Paul is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (specialist GP) and has gained further skills through a Diploma in Child Health. We are very excited to have him with us. Call today to book an appointment!

Dr. CATHMAR ROSS

Cathmar trained in Scotland before moving to Australia in 1992. She has extensive experience in many aspects of medicine including emergency and rural health, with many years working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Cairns, prior to opening her own practice in rural Victoria.

Cathmar has a special interest in integrative health focussing on the whole person encompassing body, mind, and spirit as well as all aspects of lifestyle. She combines the best of conventional western medicine with evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies.

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Dr. THUY AU

Thuy graduated as a medical doctor with the highest overall rank in her class (1/186) from Can Tho University, Vietnam in 1999. She completed her Master degree in Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University, Thailand in 2003. She was one of the founders of the Vietnamese Family Medicine Association.

Thuy came to Australia in 2006 to commence her PhD on risk factors for cardiovascular disease with the Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania. She was ranked highly in the assessment of Overseas Trained Doctors by the Australian Medical Council. She worked at The Royal Hobart Hospital for three years, then undertook registrar training at various GP practices in Tasmania.

Thuy has authored peer-reviewed journal articles internationally, and is a reviewer for 5 International journals. Thuy is a fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (Specialist GP) as well as having a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Professional Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Primary Skin Cancer Therapeutics. She particularly has an interest in family planning (including Mirena insertion), and Skin Cancer medicine including excisions, but enjoys all aspects of general practice. Thuy calls Australia home and has become part of the community as a devoted GP.

In her personal life Thuy is a wife, a mother, an animal lover and a keen gardener. She loves exploring nature with her family and getting fit.

Dr. ANTHONY MORICE

Dr Morice emigrated from the United States in 2007 and has been living in Cairns since 2008. He graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1993 from the University of Arizona and obtained his Specialist in Family Medicine qualifications through the American Board of Family Medicine in 1996.

He later obtained qualifications as a HIV medicine specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and practiced in the field for 12 years before moving to Australia. He is an S100 prescriber for HIV medications in Queensland.

Dr Morice is a well-respected GP within the Cairns LGBTQ community and has a specialty interest in blood-borne disease.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners granted Dr Morice his Australian qualification after emigrating and he continues to practice family medicine in Cairns. He also enjoys his work in adult medicine and palliative care.

Dr Morice speaks Spanish and is happy to consult with members of the community who are also Spanish speakers.

Dr. Jenny Chandler

Dr Jenny Chandler is our newest member of the medical team at Stratford Medical Centre. Having been a doctor for over 13 years, she is now completing her General Practice specialisation here.

Dr Chandler graduated from Medicine in 2006, and has worked in multiple areas of medicine in Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Jenny enjoys all areas of GP and feels it is an honour to treat all members of the family in illness and in health. She is most passionate about Children’s Health. She has previously worked in paediatrics and neonatology for 6 years and has also completed her Paediatric fellowship exams in the UK. Jenny is also interested in Women’s Health and holds the National Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Outside of work Jenny loves nature, travel and spending time with her young family.

Dr. Irene Tjhung

MBBS FRACGP FARGP DRANZCOG Dip Child Health (WA)

Irene was born in Perth and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia. She has worked in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Torres Strait, prior to moving to Cairns in 2015. Irene’s areas of special interests include child & adolescent health, women’s health, Indigenous health, rural and remote medicine, community service and health equity. Irene enjoys the holistic nature of general practice, and the privilege of developing relationships and partnerships with people on their health and well-being journey.

Billi Foord

Nurse

Billi has over 20 years of clinical experience in busy acute areas of nursing; in particular Accident and Emergency and Delivery Suite working as part of a multidisciplinary medical team undertaking a variety of roles: as anaesthetic assistant, scout /scrub nurse (operating rooms), team leader and triage in A&E(RPAH) and Delivery Suite(RNS).

Billi is enthusiastic in promoting education in the clinical areas to improve and maintain high quality client service.

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Jasmin Chaplin

Nurse

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Beth Salleras

Nurse

Beth Salleras is a Registered Nurse that has been working as a Practice Nurse for many years. She has 2 children and loves to travel. She is originally from country NSW, lived and worked in Sydney, England and central QLD. She loves tropical North Qld, and has spent the last 15 years in the Cairns area.

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Kellie Swain

Practice Coordinator

Kellie is our Practice Coordinator and has spent most of her career working in the health sector. Kellie is married with one son and they enjoy spending time camping, fishing and boating. She also enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit.

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Sarah Sexton

Admin Team

Sarah came with the furniture when Amanda took over the practice and has loved every second of watching the practice burst into life.

After having a double lung transplant in 2013 she has a keen interest in anything medical & loves the learning curve associated with working in the medical field.

Sarah enjoys spending time with her family & friends, fishing, camping, coffee & rescuing dogs.

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Max Mackenzie

Mental Health Social Worker

Lynda Etherington

Senior Medical Receptionist

Lynda has recently joined our practice and comes with many years of experience.

From March through to September, Lynda is involved with AFL Cairns as a Match Day Manager and has also been known to perform the role of goal umpire if and when needed. She is also involved with AFLCJ on a Sunday in the role of Central Monitor.

She is married to Michael and they both enjoy trying to stay fit, AFL, cooking and very importantly enjoy a good coffee. Lynda is a proud mum to 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

They are proud parents to 4 year old Rottweiler named Abi, who thinks she is a 39kg lap dog, who loves the beach and laying on the couch.

Gemma Thornton

Medical Receptionist

Originally from the UK Gemma has lived in Australia for the last 10 years and loves living in the tropics!

Gemma is married with 2 young daughters and enjoys spending time with them and finding new fun things to do with them. Gemma also enjoys camping with her family and friends.

Jenny Walker

Medical Receptionist

Jenny is married with 4 children. She is originally from the US, but moved to Australia in 2018.

Jenny and her family love it here so much that they’ve become permanent residents. Jenny enjoys spending time with her family exploring the beauty of the wet tropics.

A TEAM AS DIVERSE
AS YOUR NEEDS

In addition to being specialist GPs (Fellows of the Australian College of GPs or Fellows of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine), all of our doctors offer a special interest or have skills in a different area of Primary Care.

We have antenatal and Women’s Health, Palliative care, Sports medicine, Mental Health, Skin medicine, Aviation Medicine, gut and immune system, and more. Our patients might have one primary doctor, and the expertise of the other doctors added in when needed. We work together, using the strengths of each doctor to benefit our clients. Great staff satisfaction, better patient experience!