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 and a better patient experience!
DR. AMANDA ROBERTS
SPECIALIST GP, 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. 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. CATHMAR ROSS
Cathmar is on well-deserved leave and not currently taking appointments.
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.
DR. JENNY CHANDLER
Dr Jenny Chandler has been a doctor for over 13 years and 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. JILLIAN HARRINGTON
Jillian graduated from James Cook University in 2008, and completed her GP training in south west rural Queensland, including additional training in Emergency Medicine in Toowoomba. She relocated to Cairns in 2017, and commenced work as a GP at Stratford Medical Centre. She also works as a Medical Educator for James Cook University, and is involved in assisting doctors completing their GP training. She has recently returned to work at Stratford after adding to her family.
Jillian is passionate about all areas of General Practice, but in particular Womens health, paediatrics and chronic disease management.
Outside of work, Jillian enjoys spending time with her young family and Border Collie dog, being outdoors and travelling.
DR. JOHN BUHAGIAR
SPECIALIST GP, 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.
DR. KERRY JONES
Dr Kerry Jones first moved to the far north in 2006 and has worked in various locations including many years providing rural and remote primary care with the RFDS. Having spent the last 2 years in Tasmania, she and her family have returned for the outdoor lifestyle afforded here.
Dr Jones has an interest in all areas of general practice including women’s and children’s health. She is also working through a diploma in skin disease and management.
Outside of work, Kerry enjoys family life with her husband, 3 children and various pets, camping, learning to live more sustainably and grow food (no matter the climate).
DR. PAUL WELSMAN
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. 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. AVRIL GARLAND
B.Sc (Immunobiology and Microbiology), MBBS and FRACGP
Dr Garland is originally from NSW and since moving to QLD has worked in various locations including Mackay, Proserpine, Mareeba, Atherton, Yarrabah and now Cairns. Her husband is also a doctor and is local to FNQ, they have two young children.
Dr Garland originally trained as a scientist in the fields of Microbiology and Immunobiology before studying medicine. She has worked in a mixture of Aboriginal Medical Services and private clinics in recent years.
Dr Garland has an interest in all areas of general practice including infectious diseases, women’s and children’s health, chronic disease including diabetes, LGBTIQ+ health, ATSI health, mental health and dermatology.
Outside of work Dr Garland enjoys art, fashion, photography, sustainable living and gardening.
DR. CLAIRE SCHMIDT
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.
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.
Our Admin Staff
Michelle is a family orientated FNQ local and passionate gardener.
With 15 years of general practice experience in Townsville and Cairns, Michelle is proud to manage the team at Stratford Medical Centre and enjoys working within a small team, in our close knit community.
Sia is married to a chief, with three handsome footy boys. Sia moved to Australia 10 years ago and the tropics is now home to her close-knit family. Sia’s main strength is her ability to bring positive energy to wherever she is present. She enjoys cooking, baking, socialising and watch footy with her boys. Sia supports two teams, The NZ All Blacks and North Queensland Cowboys, one likes to win and the other is still trying.
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.