Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan
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 Kimberly Benson
In 2010, Dr Kimberly Benson moved from Canada to Australia to study medicine at the University of Wollongong. After graduation, she worked for two years as a junior medical officer in Penrith. Dr Benson is passionate about general practice because of the opportunity to have meaningful interactions with patients and the continuity of care.
Dr. Fatima Sana Ullah
Dr. Fatima Sana Ullah is an overseas trained General practitioner, with a fellowship in dermatology. She moved to Australia in 2015. She is very passionate about continuing her career and providing excellence of care to her patients.
Special interests are in general medical conditions, skin check-ups and cosmetology.
Dr. Sara Bialczyk
Dr Sara Bialczyk grew up in Canada before moving to Wollongong to study medicine. She spent two years working in Coffs Harbour and then a year working at Wollongong Hospital gaining valuable extra experience in Women’s Health/Obstetrics and Paediatrics. Dr Bialczyk enjoys all aspects of medicine, from paediatrics to geriatrics, whilst providing personalised care for all her patients.
Dr Paul Barnett
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. Christopher Darragh
Dr Chris Darragh grew up in Sydney, but moved to Brisbane to study medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2014. After a few years gaining experience on the Gold Coast in Neonatology, Orthopaedics and Obstetrics, he moved to the Nowra region, working in Emergency before transitioning to General Practice training. He teaches his students that excellent communication is the foundation of sound medical practice and strives to live by that ideal.
Dr John Brown
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 for 17 years. His interests include skin cancer, diabetes and aged care; however he is most interested in whole of life care.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Audio Clinic has made a difference to the lives of Australians with hearing difficulties by providing the highest standard of service. Audio Clinic specialises in personalised hearing care to identify and ensure all patients get the right solution for their particular needs. Please phone reception to make an appointment to see The Audio Clinic
Dr Robin Smart
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.
Connect Hearing ensures the very best treatment and care for people dealing with hearing problems by focusing on preventing hearing loss or restoring hearing abilities. Connect Hearing provides hearing testing & assessments, industrial noise assessments, hearing aids, listening devices, ear protection, fitting and repairing hearing aids. Please phone reception to make an appointment to see Connect Hearing.
Grand Pacific Health
Alice and Stacey are both Psychologists who visit The Lighthouse Surgery.
Alice consults every 2nd Wednesday and Stacey every second Thursday.
Alice and Julia are Psychologists and Emerald is a Youth Care Co-Ordinator. They work for headspace and visit The Lighthouse Surgery Tuesday-Friday
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.
We choose to employ registrars as we are committed to training new GP’s 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.
The Lighthouse Surgery 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 aim is to show the students how rewarding GP practice can be with the hope that someday they will return as GP’s to practice in rural areas where they are so badly needed.