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Teleconference advice is available to BMC patients from our doctors. Phone the surgery to request this and the doctor will phone you.
Those eligible are: people who have been told to self isolate or believe they need to due to contact with CV or have arrived in Australia from overseas. Also those at high risk:
Anyone who feels they have a severe respiratory illness should attend an emergency department. Other BMC patients need to phone for an appointment. Please let receptionist staff know if you have a cough, cold, sore throat or fever as you might need advice about testing for Covid19.
You will be informed whether you should enter the medical centre or wait outside for staff to come and attend to you. You will need to be assessed as to whether you need testing for Covid19.
The Bangalow Medical Centre is a fully accredited general practice with it's standards of medical care approved by Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL).
We have a team of 8 doctors, 3 nurses, a practice manager, 4 receptionists and a pathology collecting centre. The practice has also been teaching doctors the skills of general practice for almost 20 years.
We provide the only full general practice service in the Bangalow area with many patients from outlying communities and villages also choosing to attend.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this Arakwal land, and the continuation of cultural and spiritual of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country for generations, and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.
At Bangalow Medical Centre we provide patient centred consultations. Our priority is to provide a listening ear, to respect patient individuality and treat them as equals. We explore patients ideas and concerns integrating them with the doctors own experience in an attempt to find common ground. We respect patients beliefs in alternate medical models.
We have experience in drug and non-drug treatments. We are mindful that an evidence-based, scientific approach, is fundamental to good medical care. We attempt to tie this in with each persons individual needs.
Our doctors have a spread of personalities, providing differences in approach to problems. This allows patients to select which doctor they feel most comfortable with. Our doctors are willing to advocate and negotiate for their patients, aware that illness can be a disempowering situation to be in.
Our consultations are always confidential. We maintain the highest standard of medical records, we are fully computerised and are working towards a paperless office. Our records are only available within the surgery, but enable other doctors in the surgery to manage care in the absence of a doctor of choice.
Doctors can perform minor surgery. We use sterile or disposable instruments. Doctors can perform joint injections, suturing of wounds, insertion of hormone implants and IUDs. Nurses and doctors can perform ECGs, respiratory function tests, antenatal fetal heart monitoring and basic vision tests. We can do pregnancy, blood sugar and blood clotting tests for patients on Warfarin. Doctors use dermoscopy for examining skin lesions, and use a DermDoc skin scanner to photograph sun spots.
We have long standing relationships with local hospitals, local and distant specialists and community health services such as district nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians and diabetic educators. After hours medical care for the residents of the Bangalow and Byron areas. Residents of Bangalow can easily be admitted to Byron Bay Hospital, under the care of Bangalow doctors, to treat a range of conditions. Patients can have infusions/transfusions and procedures performed at Byron Bay Hospital.
The doctors and staff provide Medicare Chronic Disease Health Plans, Team Care Arrangements and other Medicare items associated with General Practice. We have a sound knowledge of the structure and function of the Medicare, State and Private health care systems.
Graham trained in London and has lived In the area nearly 30 years, he specializes in men's and children's health, immunizations, skin damage and skin cancer assessments, preventative health, travel medicine and general and emergency medicine. He uses the DermDOC scanning system to scan and record moles and their changes. Graham has also been assessing and treating people for sleep apnoea for over 5 years.
He and his wife have 2 children and live in the local area. Graham enjoys bush regeneration, surfing, bush walking and spending time with his family.
Megan has worked in general practice since 1981. She obtained a degree in Practice Management through the University of New England in 2000. She is also a Justice of the Peace and has completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Megan has been employed with BMC since 2000 and lives in the local area with her husband on their cattle property. Her interests include showing and breeding pure breed poultry and cattle.
Originally from South East Queensland, Clint completed a degree in Psychology before commencing medicine at the University of Queensland.
During his training, he fulfilled the John Flynn Placement Program, with a rural posting in Far North Queensland. In 2010 he completed his internship and started work at the Cairns Hospital, with further postings in the Torres Strait and Atherton Tablelands. Thereafter he completed the Australian College for Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Certificate at Logan Hospital. Clint achieved fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016 whilst working in Cairns.
He and his partner settled in the Northern Rivers late 2016. He currently holds a VMO position at the Byron Central Hospital. He has developed a special interest in skin cancer medicine and surgery, having completed further education with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, The Australian College of Cutaneous Oncology and Healthcert Education.
Clint enjoys playing guitar, working the veggie patch and surfing.
Callie is an engaging, thorough GP who has been part of the team at BMC since 2016. She enjoys the breadth and depth of general practice, and is happy managing a wide range of medical conditions in both children and adults.
Callie and her young family thoroughly enjoy all that the Northern Rivers has to offer, and she looks forward to remaining at BMC for the foreseeable future.
Rhonda has been employed at BMC since 2001 has been a registered nurse since 1979. Rhonda is also immunization accredited.
Rhonda was previously employed by Sullivan and Nicolaides as a pathology collection nurse in this area and visited many of our current patients in this position.
She is married and has one daughter. She lives locally on her property, which grows macadamias, custard apples and avocados.
Jill graduated in 1990 from Monash University and obtained her FRACGP in 2001. She has competed at international level in sprint hurdles, long jump and heptathlon and has specialized in sports medicine as well as general medicine, women’s and children’s health issues and breast-feeding.
She and her partner have 2 children and live in the local area. Jill is passionate about athletics and her fitness, and she and her children train regularly.
Born in Lismore, Jan studied medicine at UNSW. She worked as a medical officer for the Royal Australian Army and has had various military medical postings including PNG.
Commencing General Practice in Avalon in the early 80's before moving to Bangalow in 2010. Jan is a NCGPT and UoW trainer and enjoys all aspects of General Practice.
Sherese joined the Bangalow Medical Centre in 2008. She was born at Lismore Hospital and has lived at Bangalow for over 30 years. She had lived in Brisbane for 5 years before travelling extensively overseas. After her big adventure overseas, Sherese moved back to Bangalow to be closer to family.
Sherese has 2 lovely girls and she is heavily involved in the Bangalow Bluedogs Soccer Club. All her family have played soccer for Bangalow. Sherese also has a degree in Hairdressing and certificates in Nannying and child care.
After travelling and working around Australia in a caravan Dr Lydia Hubbard, with her husband and two dogs, have returned to the Northern Rivers.
Originally from Newcastle Dr Lydia trained at the Gold Coast University Hospital, The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and The Byron Central Hospital, before completing her GP training in the Northern Rivers.
She has a strong interest in preventative health, women’s health, palliative care and emergency medicine having completed her ACEM Emergency Medicine Certificate in 2017.
June joined our team in 2007. Born in Sheffield in the UK, she lived in Europe before moving to Australia in 1973.
June has worked in the Army Reserve and spent 8 years working on cruise ships. She moved up from Sydney to the North Coast in 2000. She enjoys living with her cat and restoring furniture, gardening, dressmaking and reading.
Richard graduated from The University of Sydney in 2013 after completing his post-graduate Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Richard moved to the northern rivers region in 2016 after completing his junior medical training in Townsville and Mount Isa in North Queensland. Richard initially worked as an Emergency room doctor at the newly constructed Byron Central Hospital before changing over to complete is General Practice training at a variety of different surgeries across the Northern Rivers.
Immediately before joining Bangalow Medical Centre, Richard was working at Lismore Base Hospital to further develop his skills in paediatric medicine and mental health. In addition to these areas, his other interests include men’s health, general medicine, chronic disease, and preventative health.
Sharon joined the Bangalow Medical Centre team in 2009 working on reception and office admins she also manages the complex.
She is a long term local of Bangalow and helps husband, Nick run their plumbing business and raise their 5 children on the family farm.
Sharon enjoys camping and keeps up the family tradition of involvement with the Bangalow Soccer Club and Bangalow Show.
Janelle trained as a nurse at Cairns Base Hospital and registered as a nurse in 1981. She completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) in 1994.
She have worked as a registered nurse in hospitals, as a community nurse and now as a practice nurse at Bangalow Medical Centre.
Janelle is married to a local cattle farmer and has two adult children.
GP and former Physiotherapist Steve Middleton brings a passion for patient care as well as for the local community to BMC. He is an accomplished sportsman, has a Master of Physiotherapy from Sydney University as well as a medical degree.
In our local area, Steve has worked in the Emergency Department at Byron Central Hospital and Lismore Base Hospital. Steve is a Rural Generalist with training in Emergency Medicine. His breadth of experience spans Radiology, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Urology and Palliative Care and, in 2017, he was awarded Resident Doctor of the Year.
More broadly Steve has worked as a Doctor in a remote fishing village in Ghana, West Africa. More recently, some patients may remember Steve from Bangalow Medical Centre, where he had a long-term rural GP placement as a medical student.
Steve plays AFL for the Byron Bay Magpies, competes in boardriding events and previously competed in ironman championships. Steve is also the offical Doctor for the Byron Bay Red Devils Rugby League Club.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up and studied in the Byron shire.
I am a mother of an 8 year old daughter and lover of all things outdoors.
My background is in surgical nursing, however I now consider myself passionate about preventative health care and enjoy working alongside the doctors and nurses at BMC.
I am an immunisation accredited healthcare provider and am currently studying my post graduate in acute care nursing.
I am a strong believer in patient centred care and look forward to providing education and assistance on your next visit to BMC.
A standard consultation lasts 15 minutes. Please tell the receptionist if your problem is urgent and you will be seen that day, or the problem discussed with the doctor and resolved. Sick children will always be seen on the day. If more than one person in your family need to be seen please ask for an appointment for each of them.
Our practice is committed to preventative care. We may issue you with a reminder notice from time to time offering you preventative health care. If you do not wish to be part of this service, please inform your doctor.
Please understand that as illnesses are unpredictable conditions, appointment times cannot always run on time. Our doctors, nurses and receptionists make every attempt to keep appointments running to their scheduled time however, unforseen circumstances may create occasional delays.
If you are unable to make your appointment, please call to let us know in advance. We can then arrange another appointment time.
There are occasions when you will need to book a longer appointment, such as when your health problem is complex and needs longer than 15 minutes. Similarly for work or insurance medicals, counselling for emotional difficulties, or when seeking a second opinion from a different doctor.
Our doctors provide home visits and see residents of nursing homes. These will be provided for those seriously ill, or who have transport problems. Your problem may be discussed with a doctor, and it may be decided that, for the benefit of your health, it would be better that an ambulance be called. Home visits are carried out during working hours, usually between 1PM and 3PM.
Bangalow Medical Centre is a private medical practice. All fees are to be paid at the time of consultation by either cash, EFTPOS, credit card or cheque. For your convenience we now have a direct link to Medicare and your rebate can be credited back to you at the same time as payment is made. A valid Medicare or other concession card must be shown to access discounted fees.
We appreciate that some people may find it difficult to pay their medical bills. To enable fair access to our services we offer bulk billing to children, disability support and aged pensioners. Veteran's affairs patients are also bulk billed.
We acknowledge the continuous custodians of this land, The Arakwal people of the Bundjalung nation and pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging as the traditional carers of land, sea & sky.
We're a friendly country practice providing quality health care to the whole community.
We are accredited with AGPAL and ACRRM