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I trained in Sydney then coastal and rural NSW before moving to Melbourne with my wife Emma in the late 90’s and passed my final GP exams soon after. We have 2 boys and numerous pets. I love general practice and I deeply appreciate my colleagues and all who work at Clifton Hill Medical Group. I am lucky to be interested in many things especially foundational disciplines like biology and clinical physiology. My medical interests include chronic disease management especially hypertension, kidney and cardiac disease and diabetes. I am also interested in complex functional disorders like chronic pain, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, mental health problems and functional neurological disorders. My preferred modality is lifestyle medicine. I enjoy working with those who are growing and learning as well as those who are older and wiser than myself.
Growing up as the daughter of a rural GP introduced me to a way of helping individuals, families and a community over many years. I was lucky enough to find a place to do this myself when I met Lora Gurney and joined CHMG. While I have taken a step back from consulting I am working hard in the background to assist the doctors, nurses and admin staff of CHMG to maintain and improve the high quality of care we provide. It is a privilege to work with this talented, dedicated team of people, and with the patients we have known for many years, and with those we are yet to meet.
I’m a GP who enjoys working within the team at CHMG. I have been a GP for over 10 years, having been a physiotherapist in regional Queensland, before studying at Sydney University, working and training in Sydney and regional NSW. Although my special work areas of interest include adolescents, young adults, families, women and children, I am happy working with and advocating for all. I am accredited to insert and remove the contraceptive implant (“Implanon NXT”). I look forward to meeting you, your family, your support networks, and feel privileged to be there to help with your health needs through all stages of life.
I graduated from Monash University in 1987 and have worked at Clifton Hill Medical Group since 1999. My qualifications include a Diploma of Obstetrics and I am accredited to do Shared Antenatal Care. I enjoy seeing patients of all ages but have a particular interest in women’s health, paediatrics and medical weight management.
I joined Clifton Hill Medical Group in the 1980s and soon after took over running the practice with Dr Jane Collins. I trained at Monash and had always wanted to be a GP. I enjoy working with all ages and needs which also reflects how our practice has evolved over time.
After growing up in rural Victoria I studied Medicine at Monash University. I have worked at Clifton Hill Medical Group since 2004 and enjoy the long term relationships I have formed with patients and my colleagues. To extend my longstanding interest in child and adolescent health I completed a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Medicine. (Sydney University). My other clinical interests include women’s health, mental health and migraine and promotion of a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
I am a University of Melbourne medical graduate and an Australian trained GP. I enjoy all aspects of general practice. My special interests include women’s health, sexual health and pregnancy care (both planned and unplanned). With extra certificate training through RANZCOG and Marie Stopes, I can insert and remove Implanons, remove IUD devices and I am a prescriber for medical terminations of pregnancy. I also enjoy chronic disease management, including asthma, diabetes, thyroid disease and migraine.
I have worked at Clifton Hill Medical Group since 2010. Prior to that time, I worked for many years in hospitals and in community health. It was a great pleasure to move to Clifton Hill and work with old friends and colleagues whom I admire. It is a fantastic practice and I really love all my patients. People’s lives and experiences are a constant source of amazement to me and provide a great basis to continue to learn to be a better doctor. I am an experienced GP and can deal with most things that arise. I have a special interest in Medical Acupuncture and would be happy to help you with musculoskeletal and other problems that can be improved with acupuncture. Common conditions that can be helped include frozen shoulder, gluteal tendinitis/bursitis, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and of course lower back pain. Make an appointment to have a chat and we can determine if it can help you. When I am not at work I fancy myself as a bit of a history buff but more importantly I enjoy being at the Surf Coast with my family and dogs.
My name is Christos Papachristos which obviously shows I am of Greek background but born in Melbourne, largely growing up in Coburg. I speak Greek fluently and Italian woefully and I enjoy seeing migrant patients. I am married to Freya and have three children, two of whom were adopted from Korea. I barrack for Essendon but love following all sports, especially those my children play. I love general practice because of the scope of the work which allows me to get to know people over many years and understand their medical, social and mental health issues which are often interlinked. It is a privilege to work at CHMG with other like-minded caring people.
During most of my life as a GP I was also a full time academic at the University of Melbourne’s department of General Practice. That part of my career was spent teaching medical students and undertaking research in the areas of women’s health, complementary medicines and cancer in primary care. Nowadays I am enjoying all facets of general practice and the helping the many patients that I have been seeing over nearly 20 years at CHMG. Outside of work I have really become engrossed in birding, especially on the Surf Coast, and spending time in nature.
Family medicine is so diverse and varied! I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2008, and completed postgraduate training in rural and urban New Zealand and Australia. I endeavour to take a holistic, proactive approach to healthcare. Beyond general practice, I have special interests in sexual health, gay men’s health, child/adolescent health and palliative care. I can perform minor surgical procedures (including excision/biopsy of skin lesions, ingrown toenail surgery and Implanon insertion/removal), and am a certified MS-2-Step prescriber. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, photography and singing.
I studied here in Melbourne and complemented my university education with some time at the Melbourne Uni Hockey Club and Newman College. I became a doctor in 1995 training initially at St Vincent’s Hospital. In the following years I enjoyed a 6 month stint at The Royal Women’s hospital completing a diploma of obstetrics and gynaecology, before working in the Royal Children’s Hospital emergency department and later as a palliative care registrar at Peter MacCallum. All have added enormously to my career as a GP and I continue to be a “shared care” GP for both The Royal Women’s and Mercy Hospital for women. I feel my strengths in medicine come from being a communicator and problem solver. It is one of the most rewarding things about life as a GP is now knowing many of my patients over many years. I am currently working part time as I have 3 teenage children.
*The doctors work rostered Saturday mornings.
Helen and Sue are experienced practice nurses, who deal with a wide range of vital areas of patient care. They are both accredited immunization practitioners, doing childhood and adult vaccinations, and both have extensive experience with wound management. They are also often the first point of call for phone contact for questions about clinical issues. Helen’s background as a midwife is an additional resource we value. They both work collaboratively with the doctors to help our patients in many ways, with great care and skill.
Rosemary Russo is our experienced and highly capable Practice Manager. She oversees the Reception Staff, who are led by Deb and Anne, the Admin Supervisors. We have a very friendly and hardworking team of Reception Staff, some of whom have been with CHMG for many years, as well as newer team members, helping our patients in whatever ways they can.