Doctors

Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan

Principal GP/Owner - Books Currently Closed

Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan is a graduate of the University of Aachen, Germany and arrived to Narooma in January 2007.

She holds a Diploma in Obstetrics from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP).

Her interests and specialties include women's health and obstetrics, paediatrics and minor surgery. Dr Muller-Grotian has worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and rural NSW.

Dr Susan Johnstone

Dr Susan Johnstone

General Practitioner

Susie moved to Australia from Vancouver, Canada in 2008 to study Medicine at the University of Sydney.

After finishing her studies she worked as a junior doctor in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine in Newcastle, Darwin, and regional Queensland.

Following this, Susie moved to the Upper Hunter Valley where she completed her General Practice training. She is excited to join the team at Bermagui Medical Centre and is looking forward to exploring everything the South Coast has to offer.

Dr Prema Swaminathan

Dr Prema Swaminathan

GP Registrar

Dr Prema Swaminathan graduated in India and moved to Australia in 2014. She completed her AMC exams and was working as an emergency resident in Royal Perth Hospital before moving to Sydney in 2021. She completed medical, surgical, paediatrics and mental health rotations at St George Hospital in Sydney and has now become a GP Registrar.
Dr Prema is keen on coastal life and health care in the coastal community- especially the older population and chronic disease management. She enjoys handicraft and would love to learn some new skills from the locals.

Dr Paul Barnett

General Practitioner - Books Currently Closed

Dr Paul Barnett previously worked at Royal Hobart Hospital, gaining experience in General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Rehabilitation Medicine and Drug and Alcohol Medicine.

Dr Barnett and his partner are enjoying living in Narooma and have no immediate plans to move.

Dr Trevor Fernihough

Dr Trevor Fernihough

General Practitioner

Dr Trevor Fernihough is a graduate of the University of Western Australia. He ran a solo isolated rural practice in Dongara Western Australia for 3 years. After this he worked for 2 years in South Africa practicing Obstetrics and Anaesthetics.

Dr Fernihough was then the Senior Medical Officer at the Broome Hospital for 3 years, before running a solo general practice in Kempsey on the mid north coast of NSW for 10 years. Following this he worked for the next 19 years in a private Emergency Department at St John of God Hospital Murdoch in Perth WA.

More recently he bought an oyster farm in Narooma where he now resides. Dr Fernihough works at The Bermagui Medical Centre on Fridays.

Dr Stefanie Pidcock

GP Registrar

Dr Stefanie Pidcock is a current GP registrar, having come to medicine after a career in Environmental Science. She brings a wealth of life experience in caring for patients and their families. Dr Stef is an excellent communicator and a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, working collaboratively with patients in shared decision-making for their health.

Dr Stef has a family of a husband, 3 children and two dogs, and enjoys spending her spare time with them in the outdoors.

Dr John Brown

Dr John Brown

General Practitioner - Books Currently Closed

Dr John Brown has been in family & general practice for 40 years. This has included time in Goroka in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and 23 years in Mudgee involving hospital practice including obstetrics, anaesthetics & emergency medicine.

He has been in general practice in Narooma since 2002. His interests include skin cancer, diabetes and aged care; however he is most interested in whole of life care.

Dr Anne Marie Ni Chualain

GP Registrar

Anne Marie is a GP registrar moved from Ireland to Australia in 2012 and has worked in both Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care.

She has transitioned recently into General Practice and is loving the new challenges it represents. She has moved to the South Coast recently from Sydney and is loving the new lifestyle.

Nurses

Sally Ritchie

Practice Nurse, Credentialled Diabetes Educator

Sally has been a Practice Nurse working in Narooma since 1987. She completed her general training at St Vincent's in Melbourne, where she also completed a cardio-thoracic course.

Sally moved to the Mercy Maternity to complete her midwifery training and then to St George Hospital in Sydney to complete her Accident and Emergency training.

Sally moved to Narooma in 1986 with her husband and children. In 2012 she became a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. Sally continues her ongoing education in all fields related to general practice and holds a wide variety of certificates.

Joanne Bismire

Practice Nurse

Joanne started her varied career in health care working as an AIN in an aged care facility in Peakhurst in 1987.

Her previous experience in healthcare includes working locally in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, as a medical receptionist, physiotherapy aide, in dental nursing and in aged care. Joanne returned to The University of Wollongong completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree. After her degree she completed a Certificate 3 in Pathology and did some local community nursing.

Joanne finds General Practice nursing to be extremely rewarding. Joanne is dedicated to working alongside doctors and administrative staff while providing quality, best practice nursing health care, guidance and education.

Janelle Whiting

Practice Nurse

Janelle has lived in Narooma since 1988 and went to primary and high school locally.

Janelle completed a Bachelor of Nursing through the University of South Australia. Janelle has been working for Lighthouse Surgery as a Practice Nurse since 2008 and Bermagui Medical Centre since it opened in 2011. She is a part of the management team for both practices and enjoys striving to continually improve the care given to the Narooma and Bermagui communities. Her special interests include preventative and chronic disease care, as well as assisting the training of GP registrars.

Janelle is also an authorised nurse immuniser and women's screening nurse.

Chrissi Moody

Chrissi Moody

Practice Nurse

Chrissi began her nursing role in a busy Canberra practice. She has worked in General Practice in both the city and rural areas, Aboriginal Health in both urban and remote Central Australia and some years as the Practice Nurse Support Project Officer at the ACT Division of General Practice.
Chrissi is a member of the Lighthouse Surgery and Bermagui Medical Centre where she provides lifestyle education, chronic disease management including cardiovascular, diabetes, asthma and COPD care, aged care, women's health, men's health, immunisations, wound management, mental health, health promotion, Aboriginal health and much more. Chrissi constantly maintains a standard of continued education in all fields of nursing to offer endless high standard of care to our community.

Bev Wright

Bev Wright

Practice Nurse

Bev joined the Lighthouse Surgery in 2016 after completing her degree with The University of Wollongong.

She was prompted to study after several years of working at a local nursing home. Her interests outside of work are breeding fish and playing with her grandchildren.

Allied Health

Southern IML Pathology - Narooma

Southern IML Pathology - Narooma

Pathology Collection Service

Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 1pm
This service works on a non appointment system, you arrive, take a number and will be seen in turn. This service is available to our patients and other patients who have pathology forms provided by other doctors.

Richelle Jackson - Highland Podiatry

Podiatrist

Lighthouse Surgery on Tuesdays - Phone 4476 2999 to make an appointment
Bermagui Medical Centre on Wednesdays - Phone 6493 4903 to make an appointment

Daniel Baltis - See Change Physiotherapy

Daniel Baltis - See Change Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist

Works at Lighthouse Surgery on Mondays.
Please Contact See Change Physio on 02 4472 9170 to arrange an appointment.

Dr Tom Ward

Dr Tom Ward

Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon

Visiting once a month from Canberra.
Specialising in lower limb joint replacement.
Phone 02 6201 6822 to arrange an appointment.

Dr Robin Smart

Dr Robin Smart

Urologist

MBChb (Otago) FRACS FRCS(Eng) FRCSEd FNZMA Member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Smart specialises in urological consultations, urological investigations such as flexible cystoscopy, TRUS prostate biopsies, urodynamics, and appropriate day case surgery including minor scrotal surgery and a range of cystoscopic procedures. Please phone reception to make an appointment to see Dr Smart.

Byron Jackson - Highland Podiatry

Podiatrist

Lighthouse Surgery Narooma on Thursdays - Phone 4476 2999 to make an appointment

Ashleigh Russell - Narooma Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist

Works out of Bermagui Medical Centre on Mondays.
Contact Narooma Physio on 02 4476 1866 to arrange an appointment

South Coast Dizzy Clinic

South Coast Dizzy Clinic

Vestibular Physiotherapy

Visit Lighthouse Surgery every second Wednesday and Saturdays once a month.
Specialising in treating Vertigo, Dizziness and Balance conditions. For further inquiries or to arrange an appointment please contact 02 4209 3503

Amplifon

Amplifon

Audiology Clinic

Visits Bermagui Medical Centre.
Amplifon offers a range of services to look after all your hearing needs, from diagnosing hearing difficulties, to fitting, servicing and maintaining hearing aids. Contact 02 9091 8520 to make an appointment

Capital Pathology - Bermagui

Capital Pathology - Bermagui

Pathology Collection Service

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-12pm for blood tests.
Bookings essential - Phone Bermagui Medical Centre on 6493 4903 to make an appointment

Audika - Katherine

Audiology Clinic

Katherine visits Lighthouse Surgery Narooma on Thursdays.
At Audika, our team are dedicated to providing you with exceptional hearing care including FREE hearing checks if you are over the age of 26. We believe in personalised hearing care, because we know that every individual is unique. So when it comes to your hearing aids, there's no one-size-fits-all solution and it is our goal to make sure you always have the very best in hearing care.
Contact 1800 057 220 to make an appointment.

Francine Read

Francine Read

Psychologist

Previously from Western NSW, Fran has a wide range of experience and the relocation to lovely Narooma was driven by her desire to be closer to family, especially her little granddaughters. She loves camping and looks forward to exploring the South Coast.
Fran will be working Monday and Tuesdays and is open to working with adults and children. Offering Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relaxation Strategies, Skills Training and Interpersonal Therapy, Fran is happy to work with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management and complex trauma. Clients will need a MHCP and fees will apply.
Contact Lighthouse Surgery reception on 02 4476 2999 to arrange an appointment.

Registrar

Registrars are fully qualified doctors who have started a training pathway to become General Practitioners.

They enrol in a training program that runs for three 6-month terms and in this time, they are required to work in at least two different rural areas.

Here at Braveheart Health we choose to employ registrars as we are committed to training new GPs for the future. We hope that spending time in rural areas, will help them to see how rewarding being a rural GP can be and choose to stay rural where doctors are in short supply.  We have been very fortunate to have some of our registrars stay on after their training has finished and become permanent with us.

Medical Student

Braveheart Health is committed to the teaching of the coming generation of medical practitioners and as such welcomes medical students from several universities for placements throughout each year. We have a particular commitment to ANU in Canberra, but also have had visits from students studying at UNE, JCU and Monash to name a few.

Our goal is to show the medical students how rewarding GP practice can be with the hope that someday they will return as GPs to practice in rural areas where they are so badly needed.

Admin

Jane Taylor – Practice Manager

Sharon Young – Administration

Amey Middlemiss – Administration

Lizzie Simpson – Administration

Helen Rose – Administration

Soraya Mackay – Administration

Anna Halliday – Administration