Beechworth Surgery has 10 part-time General Practitioners, plus 1 part-time RACGP GP Registrar. It is a very busy, rural, general practice, treating some 30,000 patients per year. It is the only general medical practice in Beechworth, and provides a service to Beechworth Hospital (acute and extended care centres) and Beechworth Prison.
Date started with the Surgery: 2014
Qualifications: FRACGP MBBS, BMedSci, Diploma Childrens Health
Medical background: Intern and Resident at Albury-Wodonga Health and North East Health Wangaratta, before General Practice Training here in Beechworth
Specialities: All things rural general practice, kids, adults
Personal information: Originally from Wodonga and family from Yackandandah
Interests: Enjoy all things outdoors – farming, gardening, mountain biking and skiing
Date started with the Surgery: 2000
Qualifications: MBBS (Hons.), Dip. Geriatric Medicine, FRACGP
Medical background: Came to Beechworth in 1986 to work in geriatric medicine, then moved to general practice in Wodonga in 1993. Now working at the Surgery and BHS nursing home unit due to interest in geriatric medicine
Specialities: Geriatric medicine
Interests: Walking, reading and sewing
Date started with the Surgery: 2018
Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP
Medical background: Previously experience working as a GP in Aboriginal Medical Services. Currently also working as a Medical Educator for GP registrars
Specialities: General practice
Interests: Enjoying exploring the region since moving here in 2018. There is much to try, including good food and beautiful countryside
Date started with the Surgery: 2010
Qualifications: MBBS from Monash University, Diploma of Obsterics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) and Fellowship of RACGP (FRACGP)
Medical background: Worked in hospitals in Melbourne and rural Victoria after graduating, before moving to Beechworth to commence GP training and has stayed ever since. Worked as a GP registrar and medical student supervisor, assisted with Bogong and MCCC GP training organisations, former clinical editor for Murray PHN’s Healthpathways, in addition to clinical work at the surgery, hospital, on-call and regular clinics at the prison
Specialities: Chronic disease, antenatal shared care, emergency/on call, inpatient and palliative care, and prisoner health
Personal information: An active family including husband, three kids and dog
Interests: A very keen MTB and road cyclist and coach of the local junior MTB club; loves gardening and can be found sharing outdoor activities, food and wine with friends most weekends
Date started with the Surgery: 2015
Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP
Medical background: Interned at Bendigo. Residency at NEHW. GP registrar at Beechworth 2015-2016. Fellowship 2017
Specialities: Special interest in skin cancer and type 2 diabetes
Personal information: Grew up in the region
Date started with the Surgery: 2002
Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP, DipRANZCOG, IBCLC
Medical background: GP since 1993
Specialities: Breastfeeding medicine; food intolerance
Interests: Gardening – fruit/vegies and indigenous plants, beach holidays, conservation projects, crochet, sewing, starting Days for Girls
Date started with the Surgery: 2020
Qualifications: MBBS, DRANZCOG
Medical background: Post graduating, I worked in Melbourne hospitals, before spending a year in Alice Springs where I completed my Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Following this, I returned to North East Victoria to spend some time working in local Emergency Departments, before starting at Beechworth Surgery
Specialities: Women’s Health, antenatal shared care, emergency care, inpatient care
Personal information: I grew up in Yackandandah and am thrilled to have returned back to the region
Interests: My partner and I love hiking and rock climbing and we spend most of our free time outside exploring this beautiful part of the world
Five of our doctors are accredited GP Supervisors involved in the post-graduate GP training programme. From time to time we have medical students who may sit in on consultations.
Your co-operation is appreciated for this most important activity. Your permission will be sought prior to any involvement with these programmes.
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.15pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm
If your medical problem may take up extra time, discuss this with our staff when you make an appointment so that adequate time may be allocated to you. If you have forms for completion by a doctor, please mention this at the time of making appointment.
Please advise us at the earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend a booked appointment, so that we are able to offer it to somebody else in need.
A fee may be charged for missed appointments.
It is important that you report to the desk when you arrive for an appointment, so the doctor will know that you are in the waiting room.
Please notify reception if you change your address, marital status, occupation or dependency status. Your should also advise reception if you are receiving Centrelink benefits, a Veterans Affairs pension or have a WorkCover or TAC claim.
Be sure to ask your doctor for all scripts you require during your appointment. Should you run short of your medication between your normal appointments, we offer short ‘repeat script only’ appointments at 2pm every weekday. (Normal appointments are still required for antibiotics, blood pressure medication, antidepressants or the pill.)
Generally our staff will advise you of abnormal test results, but it is important that patients do not assume that “no news is good news.” You are advised to ring the surgery to obtain test results.
Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, Bankcard, Mastercard or Visa. A discount is available for same day payments (on accounts not already discounted).
The AMA fee structure forms the basis of our billing policy. A list of the common fees is displayed in each room and is available from the reception desk. If you have financial difficulties, please discuss this with your doctor or the Practice Manager.
Please bring your current Medicare card and health benefit card with you to each appointment.
Repatriation patients should bring your DVA gold or white treatment entitlement card.
In most cases, we can process your Medicare refund on-the-spot.
We have full fees for private patients and a concessional fee for concession card holders (Pension and Healthcare Card holders).
This schedule sets out some of the more common consultation fees. (paid on the day of consultation):
|Consultation Type||Full Fee||Concessional Fee||Medicare Rebate|
Brief Consultation ~ script only / simple problem
Standard Consultation ~ up to 20 minutes / more complex
Long Consultation ~ up to 40 minutes / very complex
Fees paid on the day of consultation are discounted by $10.00. Fees are reviewed annually on 1 July.
The Beechworth Surgery will support patients by accepting the bulk bill payment for a consultation in the following circumstances:
In cases of significant medical or financial pressure. These situations will require a confidential application / discussion with the Practice Manager.
There may be other individual and specific circumstances as determined by your doctor.
In addition to bulk-billing for the above situations, other options including deferred payment or payment plans may be considered.
(Please request an Application for Consideration of Financial Circumstances form from The Beechworth Surgery.)
We will use the following criteria to assess requests:
Patients experiencing financial hardship can access support through:
Provides food, meals and referrals for other services – 03 5728 2386 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Provides food, meals and referrals for other services – 0427 503 948 for appointment Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Financial counselling service Phone 02 6055 8000 or visit the website
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please ask to speak to the Practice Manager.