Andrea Edwards

Practice Manager/Finance Officer

Cert IV Financial Services

Andrea has worked within the Workers Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation sector for 9 years and in finance for more than 20 years. After working in a number of bookkeeping jobs, Andrea settled into medical Practice Management in 2010, and completed her Cert IV in Financial services.

She has extensive knowledge of the day to day running of a medical centre. She opened Highland Medical Centre with her business partner Jacky.

Jacky Kennedy

Corporate Services Manager

Diploma in Practice Management (UK)

Jacky relocated to Perth in 2011 from Edinburgh, where she worked as a Practice Manager from May 2000. She has much experience in Healthcare Management and was an Assessor in Practice Accreditation, where she worked with the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) for many years.  

 

Jacky has recently become an Assessor here in Australia with AGPAL.  

 

Prior to taking up her post at Highland Medical Centre, Jacky worked at the Glen Street Practice in West Leederville for 4 years. She opened Highland Medical Centre with her business partner Andrea.

Tash Van Vugt

Practice Nurse

Bachelor of Science (Ireland)

Natasha is an Enrolled Nurse, she completed her nurse training here in Perth. Over the past 12 years Natasha has worked in various areas including Community Nursing, Aged Care and with Younger People with Head Injuries and Disabilities.

 

She has been working within the Home and Community Care Sector here in Perth before becoming a member of the Highland Medical Centre nursing team in 2016

 

Natasha has recently started studying the RN Conversion Course at ECU.

Dawn Underhill

Registered Practice Nurse

Diploma of Nursing (Wales)

Dawn completed her Registered Nurse Training in 1998 in Wales, UK.  She spent 9 years working in a hospital setting in the area of Acute Medicine, Care of the Elderly and an Acute Stroke Unit.  She then moved into a specialised role of Stroke Nurse.  She undertook the role of mentoring student nurses and support for newly qualified nurses.

Dawn and her family moved to WA in 2007, where she worked in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Neurology department for the next 2 years. 

Dawn then moved into a Practice Nurse role within a primary care setting in 2009.  She brought the many skills she has developed over her career to Highland Medical Centre in 2017.

Dr Nora Ariffin

MBChB  FRACGP

Dr Nora Ariffin is one of our female GPs, who did her undergraduate medical training in New Zealand.  She completed her FRACGP training in 2006 and moved to Perth in 2012 from Malaysia.

Dr Nora was the first GP to come to Highland Medical Centre.

 

She covers all areas of General Practice and her areas of special interests are:

 

Women’s health

Children’s Health

Dr. Robert Allen

MRCGP  FRACGP

Rob and his family moved to Perth in 2018.

He completed his medical training in the UK and has work as both a GP and GP Partner before moving to Australia.

 

Rob’s primary area of interest is Musculoskeletal Medicine, which includes sports injuries and sports nutrition.

His other areas of interest include:

Occupational Medicine and Worker’s Compensation

General nutrition and Weight loss management

Diabetes management

Men’s Health

Geriatric Medicine (Rob also attends several nursing homes)

 

Outside of working at Highland Medical Centre, Rob enjoys spending time with his son and daughter, going to the gym and running their dog Hugo.

Dr. Jennifer Low

FRACGP, MRCGP, DLM, DOccMed, DFFP, MBChB(hons), BSc (hons)

Dr Jennifer Low (Jen) is a Scottish GP who moved to Perth in March 2019 with her family, a second international posting for them having previously lived in Houston, Texas.

Born and raised in Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland. She was a mature medical student having graduated with BSc honours degree in Genetics from the University of Aberdeen in 1994, Jen then went onto complete her medical training at the University of Dundee in 1999. During her undergraduate training she spent three months here in Perth observing the Ophthalmology team at Royal Perth and Sir Charles Gardiner hospitals and retains a keen interest in eye health.

As part of her General Practice vocational training Jen worked in various specialties in Aberdeen and surrounding areas before qualifying as a GP in 2003. 

The large North East patient population working in the oil and gas sector was an influence for her further training in Occupational Medicine and she has working experience in both onshore and offshore environments. Jen then undertook partnership in a large city centre practice and was senior partner there for several years. 

In order to balance family life with work commitments Jen became a sessional General Practitioner in 2009 and continued her interest in Occupational Medicine working for local General Practices, international and local Occ Health providers. She was an Appointed Doctor for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) during this time.

Owing to lack of female General Practitioners working to support the local police force Jen was asked to join the local team. This continued until her move to Perth this year at which stage, in addition to her General Practice commitments, she was the Depute Lead for Custody Healthcare and Forensics for NHS Grampian and the Clinical Lead for the Police Care Network for NHS Scotland. 

Through her additional specialist training she has interests in Family medicine, Occupational Medicine, Child Protection, Mental Health, Sexual health, Domestic Violence and Abuse.  Jen is keen to support and develop the diversity of General Practice with undergraduate and postgraduate education.

When not at work with Highland Medical Centre, Jen is a devoted mum to her two children, her two Mini Schnauzers (Roobarb and Custard) and personal assistant to her husband! She enjoys cooking, eating and roller coasters!

Dr. Julian Hick

BMBS FRACGP

Dr Hick qualified in 2007 in Nottingham, UK, and then went on to complete his GP training in Chesterfield, UK.

 

He has written a textbook for GP trainees, which may be a cure for insomnia, and has published journal articles on primary care. 


He sees the full range of primary care patients at Highland Medical Centre but is particularly interested in men's health, sports medicine and preventative medicine. 

Dr. Jo Stewart

BMBS FRACGP

Dr Jo Stewart graduated from Nottingham medical school (UK) in 2007 and completed her GP training in the U.K. in 2015. 

She worked as a GP in Chesterfield UK for 3 years and qualified as a GP trainer in 2018. She moved to Perth with her family in October 2018 to work with Highland Medical Centre.

Her special interests include diabetes, mental health, learning disabilities and elderly medicine.
 

Dr. Tim Tully

MBBCh BAO MRCGP

Tim moved to Perth from London in 2019. Having obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, he moved to London in 2013 to pursue interests in research, specifically ‘quality of life’ and chronic conditions such as MS and sarcoidosis. There he undertook physician training at University College Hospitals London and obtained his MRCP becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians UK in 2016. He subsequently completed GP training at St George’s Hospital London and affiliated GP practices in SW London as he wanted to practice medicine in and amongst the community. He is an active member of a research group at Kings College Hospital London having published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented his work internationally.

 

Tim is interested in all areas of medicine, particularly cardiology, chest medicine and neurology. He feels passionately about keeping his knowledge and skills up to date and involving patients in their treatment plans. 

 

Outside of working at Highland Medical Centre, Tim likes to keep fit and plays the guitar and drums. He is interested in carpentry and travel and likes to spend as much time as he can with his wife and young son.

Dr. Michael Rodger

BSc (hons), MBChB MRCGP (UK) FRACGP

Dr Michael Rodger moved to Perth in 2019 to work with Highland Medical Centre.  He studied at the University of Liverpool, in the UK.  Where he qualified in 2001.  He completed his GP training in central London in 2006.

 

Michael has worked extensively in the public and private sectors in the UK and he spent 6 years working as a family GP in Singapore.

 

He consults on a full range of Primary Care issues and has a special interest in:

 

  • Travel Medicine

  • Men’s Health

  • Sexual Health

  • Diabetes

 

When Michael is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Dr. Vanessa Matabang

MBBS BNurs RACGP

Dr Vanessa Matabang completed her Nursing degree at the University of Sydney in 2006. She then completed her graduate program and gained emergency experience at Liverpool Hospital. 


 

After moving to Perth to pursue a medical career, she achieved her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree in 2011. She has extensive experience in adult medicine, having worked in multiple specialty departments at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospital over the last 8 years. 


 

Dr Matabang consults in all areas of general practice at Highland Medical Centre, but has a special interest in...

  • Preventative medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Geriatrics

  • Rheumatology

  • Women’s health

Dr. Renita Blakey

MBChB. MRCGP

Dr Renita Blakey is a UK trained GP who moved to Perth in August 2018 with her family.

 

She was born in Malaysia and did her medical degree in Sheffield, UK  .She graduated with her MBChB in 1999.  Renita worked in different medical specialities  in Chesterfield and Birmingham hospitals before embarking on her GP training in Nottingham UK, and qualified as a GP in 2004. 

 

She has worked in Nottingham and more recently was a partner in a busy practice in the Wirral, Cheshire. Her focus in general practice for the last 5 years has been in dementia care and management. She worked closely with residential and nursing homes, specialising in advanced dementia care. She has an interest in health care of the elderly and chronic disease management. Medical student training is another interest of hers. 

 

When not at work at Highland Medical Centre, she is a busy mum who enjoys travelling, baking and watching movies. 

Now that she lives in Perth, she has aspirations of learning to surf but  holds no convictions that this will ever happen!

Dr. Aimee Pikoos

MBBS RACGP PGDip Dietetics

Dr Aimee Pikoos began her career as a Clinical Dietitian after completing a Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Postgrad Diploma in Dietetics at Curtin University.


She received her graduate entry MBBS at UWA and has spent the majority of her medical career working in Emergency Departments.


Dr Pikoos consults in all areas of general practice at Highland Medical Centre, with an interest in women's health, elderly medicine and preventative health.

Dayne Albronda

Chiropractor

Dayne Albronda (B.Sc (Chiro), B.Chiro, GradDipSportsChiro) provides a multi-model approach to treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries and optimise health. He works closely with GP's to provide a multi-discipline approach to symptoms. The techniques he practices include Chiropractic Manipulation Therapy, Dry Needling, Soft Tissue/Muscle Treatments and Specific Clinical Exercises.

 

Dayne has over 9 years’ experience working in private practice as well as previously working with sports teams and lecturing at Murdoch University.

 

In his spare time he likes to keep active himself, regularly attending the gym, playing golf and surfing.

 

His services at Highland Medical Centre are available throughout the week and includes every second Saturday.

Christie Austin-Hore

Dietitian

Christie Austin-Hore is a qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about providing the most up-to-date and evidence based nutrition advice to help her clients reach optimal health.

Christie’s patients love her considerate approach to tackling barriers to healthy eating and her ability to be realistic in brainstorming healthy eating solutions around work, family and social commitments. Christie can translate complex nutrition concepts into practical advice, giving her patients the knowledge and empowerment to take back control of their health.

Christie is also an engaging and thought-provoking public speaker, presenting seminars and cooking demonstrations to corporate and community groups such as Parliament House, WA Department of Lands, Woodside, Landcorp, Health Engine, Hanson, local sport teams and aboriginal communities.

Christie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biochemistry and food science, and a Master of Dietetic Practice. She is passionate about healthy home cooking and learning about food from cultures around the world.

Christie consults with adults, families and children with expertise in managing:

  • IBS and FODMAPs

  • Allergies

  • Food chemical intolerance

  • Coeliac disease

  • Chronic Diseases including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure

  • Weight management

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Eating Disorders

    “Honour your hunger, Respect your fullness, Treat yourself with kindness”