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Dr Norman Hohl Practice Principal Health HQ

Dr Norman Hohl - MBBS DipTropMed&Hyg FRACGP FAFPHM
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After graduation from the University of Qld in 1970 Dr Hohl worked in Papua New Guinea for 2 years and was confronted with the high death rate from preventable diseases such as Rotavirus Diarrhoea, Pertussis and Pneumococcal Pneumonia.

This experience persuaded him to focus his career on public health and preventive medicine.

After further training in Tropical Medicine Dr Hohl launched a rural health program in northern Nigeria focused on training already highly respected community leaders as village health workers supported by medical assistants and midwives. This reduced infant mortality 50% within 2yrs in each community involved in the program.
Fundamentally it was a program empowering communities to solve their own problems and thus it has been self sustaining. For this work Dr Hohl was awarded a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine see FAFPHM.

Back in Australian general practice Dr Hohl's focus continued on preventive medicine, and it became clear to him that a clinic focused on protecting travellers was needed so he opened the first Travel Medicine clinic on the Gold Coast in 1995.

In 2004 Dr Hohl was appointed a senior lecturer at the new Griffith University Medical School and 2 years later an Associate Professor at Bond University Medical School.
Scores of students and GP registrars have spent time in Health HQ as part of their training.

Health HQ's skilled and qualified practice nurses also teach student nurses from Griffith University at Health HQ.

For 7 years Dr Hohl also maintained a registered branch office in Western China run by skilled nurses focused on detection, treatment and prevention of Hydatid disease in the Yak herdsman and their families. Great progress has been made so the office was closed in 2011.

As a doctor who has had to treat cases of every single disease against which we routinely vaccinate children in Australia today, Dr Hohl values the role of immunisation very highly.

Dr Simon Thatcher

Dr Simon Thatcher - MBBS BIT(Hons)
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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1985, Dr Thatcher worked for two years at Royal Brisbane Hospital and one year at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane. As part of this training, he worked in the rural and remote communities of Mount Isa and Doomadgee. Upon returning to Brisbane, Dr Thatcher worked in general practice while completing an honours degree in information technology, which is a personal interest of his.

After moving to the Gold Coast, Dr Thatcher joined Health HQ in 2001 and completed his Certificate in Travel Health with the International Society of Travel Medicine .
He has a special interest in travel medicine, but also enjoys seeing general practice patients and managing their infinite variety of health issues.

Dr Michael Read

Dr Michael Read - MBBS

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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983 Dr Read worked for two years at Royal Brisbane & Prince Charles Hospitals before taking up the position as Medical Superintendent with Right of Private Practice in a rural community.

For twenty years he provided all the medical services to this community, including emergency care, surgery, obstetrics and general practice medicine.
Dr Read now runs the Vasectomy Venue & Gold Coast Circumcisions at Health HQ as well as continuing to see many General Practice patients.

Dr Donna Armstrong

Dr Donna Armstrong - MBBS

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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1986 and working for three years at Royal Brisbane Hospital, Dr Armstrong spent the next twenty years practicing as a rural general practitioner providing “birth to death” medicine including obstetrics and anaesthetics.

After relocating to the Gold Coast for family reasons, she continues to focus on whole patient care with special interests in antenatal care, women’s health and paediatrics.

Dr Neil Chorley

Dr Neil Chorley - MBBS FRACGP FACRRM FACSCM DipPD

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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983 Dr Chorley worked for for 6 years in various hospital surgical and medical fields. In 1990 he began practicing medicine with a surgical interest, spending over 8 years as a remote and rural general practitioner and medical superintendent.
In 2007 he became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Skin Cancer Medicine and later the president of the college and a board member.
In 2011 he completed a Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University.
Dr Chorley now practices as a full time skin cancer Physician his other medical interests include sports medicine, acupuncture and clinical hypnosis.

Dr Bill Cassimatis

Dr Bill Cassimatis - MBBS

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After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1980 and completing his hospital placements in Brisbane, Dr Cassimatis and his wife moved to Tasmania, where he worked in rural general practice and accident & emergency A&E for 4 years.

After returning to Queensland he has now been in General Practice in Southport for the last 26 years and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with his patients.

Dr Sally Kervison

Dr Sally Kervison - MBBS (USyd) MPH (Occ Hlth)(Monash) Grad Dip Fam Med (Monash) LLB (UNSW)

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As of Monday the 31st of October 2016 Dr Sally Kervison will be moving from Broadbeach Medical Centre to work at Health HQ Southport.

Dr Sally Kervison is a graduate of the University of Sydney where she obtained her MBBS in 1980.

She has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and has lived and worked on the Gold Coast since 1999.

Dr Kervison has postgraduate qualifications in occupational health (Master of Public Health), a Diploma of family medicine, a family planning national certificate (FPAA NSW) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW.

Dr Kervison is interested in all aspects of family health.

Dr Danika Fietz

Dr Danika Fietz MBBS FRACGP M.Med

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Dr Fietz is a General Practitioner with a special interest in Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Management.
After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2004 Dr Fietz was awarded Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2010.
She later completed her Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) from the University of Queensland in 2012.
Dr Fietz continues to attend Skin Cancer Conferences and various skin cancer dermatoscopy and surgical workshops to keep her updated with the latest in Skin Cancer detection and treatment.
Dr Fietz has also been a cosmetic injectable provider since 2008 and she continues to update her skills at advanced injector workshops and conferences.

Dr Nora Cadman

Dr Nora Cadman - MBBS FRACGP Cert FPA

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Dr Nora Cadman is a graduate of the University of Queensland, where she obtained her MBBS in 1985. She later obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), and the Certificate of Family Planning Qld (Cert FPA). She has over 20 years of general practice experience within private practices, initially in Ipswich and then on the Gold Coast. More recently, she has gained further experience focusing her practice on women's health whilst working on the Gold Coast.

She has a special interest in whole patient care, but has particular expertise in women's health including pap smears, contraception, antenatal care, sexual health, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause, period problems, breast and genitourinary problems.
She is looking forward to meeting you and offering quality medical care.


Nurses

Kim Starr

Kim Starr - BN, RN

Kim Starr is Health HQ’s Nurse Manager and has worked as a registered nurse since graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1993. She began her career working with children doing developmental assessments before taking on advanced clinical roles in aged care following her move to Queensland. A transition into general practice nursing has allowed Kim to focus on chronic disease management, care planning, and health assessments for all ages, as well as travel health. She has completed further studies to become a Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Workplace Assessor and Trainer, Continence Assessment Officer, and Nurse Immuniser. Kim has a special interest in providing cosmetic skin treatments, and has undertaken further training in IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser therapies for her role in the Skin HQ skin clinic.

Mirja Vantanen

Mirja Vantanen - RN BHlthSc(Nurs) GDipN
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Mirja Vantanen is now working for 3 days/wk as our practice's 'Nurse Navigator' for the GCIC for the benefit of our patients registered with that project. She has been working as a nurse and midwife for over 20 years with experience in a number of acute care settings including medical, surgical, infectious diseases, antenatal, postnatal, neonatal intensive care, and paediatrics. Mirja has enjoyed the diversity provided by nursing in general practice and travel medicine since her move to Health HQ over 10 years ago. She is highly qualified, having completed the following courses of advanced study: Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing, Nurse Immuniser Certificate, Pap Smear Provider, IV Cannulation, and the internationally-recognised Certificate in Travel Health. Mirja runs several nurse-led clinics in areas such as antenatal, postnatal, child health checks, chronic disease management, diabetes, and pap smears.

Kris Allan

Kris Allan - BN, RN

Kris Allan qualified as a registered nurse in 1996 after completion of a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Since then, she has worked in both hospital and clinic settings, gaining broad experience in many areas of nursing. Kris has lived and travelled abroad for several years, and she especially enjoyed her time nursing in London. Her passion for travel eventually lead her to Australia and to Health HQ. Kris works in all areas of the clinic, and she appreciates the diversity of nursing practice on offer. Having undertaken further nursing training, she has a special interest in travel health, vaccinations, skin cancer, and wound care.

Viv Eastley

Viv Eastley - BN, RN

Viv Eastley graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1998. She worked in aged care for several years before joining the Health HQ team in 2007. Viv is highly trained in many areas of skin care: dermatological practices, advanced dermoscopy, skin surgical techniques, wound management, PDT (photodynamic therapy), and skin light therapies, including IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser treatments. Most recently, Viv has completed her radiation safety certificate. She also has extensive laser training through the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education to become a qualified registered laser operator. She continues to update her knowledge and skills in all these areas at regular industry seminars and conferences.

Margrete Goodwin

Margie Goodwin - RN

Margie Goodwin is a registered nurse and midwife. She did her general nursing training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and her midwifery training at the Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane. Margie grew up in Papua New Guinea, and after her training, she spent 20 years in western Queensland working both in hospitals and the in the community as a rural and remote area nurse. Her sea change to the Gold Coast has lead to an interest in travel health and in general practice nursing including working in a skin cancer clinic, which allows her to use her vast experience to provide great care for her patients.

Kim Cleave

Kim Cleave - BN, RN

Kim Cleave joins us after completing her Bachelor of Nursing from Griffith University in 2012. Kim discovered she prefers the general practice clinic setting after completing a placement at a doctors surgery while a student. She loves being a hands-on nurse, and has completed further education by doing an intravenous cannulation course and a wound management course. Kim loves the caring part of nursing; she is a people person and enjoys further expanding her medical knowledge. Kim has aspirations for the future to become a midwife. Since joining Health HQ, she has found an interest in travel health and skin care, and she has recently joined the Skin HQ team.

Emily Meikle

Emily Meikle - BN, RN

Emily Meikle, born and bred on the Gold Coast, graduated from Griffith University Bachelor of Nursing in the top 5% of her year. Health HQ are honoured to have her on the nursing team. Emily was also selected to undertake the Graduate Nurse Program for Practice Nurses (Gold Coast Medicare Local) which is the first of its kind in Australia. She brings a high level of competence in every area of nursing that she works in at Health HQ. Emily also maintains a link with academia through her position at Griffith University updating and maintaining equipment and technology used to teach student nurses of the future. Emily Meikle also has a keen interest in wound care management and skin cancer for which the Skin HQ team are very excited.

Angela

Angela - BN, RN

Angela joins us after completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2015.

Brenda Carter

Brenda Carter

Brenda has worked in many different areas of nursing for the past 25 years. She has worked in the UK and in Australia since 2004. Brenda has worked in the operating theatre in a regional burns unit, as a nursing Level 3 healthcare support worker and as a nursing palliative care assistant in a hospice facility.
Brenda also holds the AQF Diploma and AQF Level 3 Australian healthcare qualifications. Brenda has worked for Health HQ since 2006 and her current role is as an assistant in nursing. Brenda's special interests include wound care and attending in-services to keep up to date with current health practice standards.


Reception

Health HQ receptionists

Health HQ receptionists Heidi, Dorothy, Rosalie, Leanne and Melanie.


Administration

Nicky McClelland - Practice Manager - DipPM MAAPM

Nicky has over 18 years experience in administration within the medical services sector.  She joined the team at HealthHQ in 2004 as a receptionist and progressed to head receptionist prior to being appointed as Health HQ's practice manager in 2013.

Nicky graduated with a Diploma of Practice Management from the University of New England and has also completed the Wesley Advanced Medical Receptionist Course.

Nicky performs a myriad of different day-to-day tasks that are required to keep the Health HQ office humming along smoothly. She regularly attends numerous health industry seminars and workshops to maintain the highest standards of customer service and administrative excellence.

Nicky considers the patients and staff of the Health HQ medical practice as part of her family. She thrives on the camaraderie at Health HQ and has immense pride in her work.


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Author: Dr Norman Hohl