Dr Maree Puxty has been a GP since 1993. She is a Graduate of Newcastle University. Her qualifications are BMed, FRACGP, DCH, Grad Cert Clinical Ed and a Master of GP Psychiatry. She worked in Moree until Dec 2005. Her work also included Aboriginal Health, General Practice, Counseling and Medical Education. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNE. Dr Puxty admits patients to Armidale Hospital and Armidale Private Hospital.
Dr Terry Bohlsen has been a GP since 1993 having graduated from UNSW in 1988. His qualifications are MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, FACRRM. He worked in Moree as a GP until Dec 2005 when he moved to Armidale and joined this practice. He admits patients and delivers babies at Armidale Hospital. He admits medical patients to Armidale Private Hospital. He also provides anaesthetics at Armidale Hospital including Epidurals for labour. His main medical interest are Obstetrics and Anaesthetics.
Dr Dipanwita Bhowmik commenced working for us as a GP registrar in August 2018. She was awarded her Fellowship in General Practice in December 2019 having completed her training with us. She is now working part time as a fully qualified GP.
Dr Matthew Kelly – Casual GP (FRACGP) and is currently an anaesthetic Registrar with the Hunter New England Health Service.
At West Armidale Medical Centre we are a training practice taking Registrars and occasional medical students.
Doctors undergoing general practice training are known as GP Registrars and are already fully qualified medical practitioners. They work in teaching practices for terms lasting from six to twelve months, and bring knowledge and skills from our hospitals, into this community setting, to the benefit of the other GPs in the practice, and the patients. Our current Registrars are:
Dr Eric Mak
Eric is in his second year of training as a GP registrar.
Dr Jessica Yip
Jessica is in her second year of training as a GP registrar. She is also studying at UNE doing a research project.
Other Members of our Team.
Gai has 24 years experience as a Registered Nurse in General Practice. Gai has Certificates in Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management, Immunisations and Aboriginal Cultural Awareness.
Appointments can be made with Gai for Pap Smears, breast checks and childhood immunizations.
Sr Helen Murtagh
Helen is a registered nurse that works at the practice on Thursdays. She is registered to give immunisations as well as general nursing care.
Sr Gabi Ostler
Gabi has commenced work with us a as a registered nurse. She is registered to give immunisations and will also provide general nursing care including care plans and assisting with minor procedures.
Dr Lisa Patterson-Kane is a clinical psychologist with a strong clinical and research interest in rural and remote mental health. Lisa provides evidence based therapy to children, adolescents and adults for a wide range of mental health conditions as well as doing cognitive assessments that assist children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. Her qualifications are MAPS. B Psych Hons, Grad Cert Rural and Remote Health, D Psych (Clinical).
Dr Patterson-Kane is an independent practitioner who shares our rooms. Appointments to see her can be made via our receptionists.
Jenny Friend- Speech Pathologist
Jenny Friend went to Sydney University and gained Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 1995. She graduated with Master of Education from University of New England in 1998.
Jenny has worked as a Speech Pathologist with Community Health in Armidale from 1995 til 2002. From 2003 – 2011 Jenny worked with children with severe disabilities at Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Currently Jenny is working as a Speech Pathologist at PEDAL Early Intervention, and at West Armidale Medical Centre as a private Speech Pathologist.
Jenny works with adults and has a special interest in children.
Jenny is an independent practitioner who also shares our rooms.
Appointments can be made via our receptionists.
Therese is a clinical pharmacist and Pharmacy educator. Therese provides medication review services to the community within the practice as well as in their own homes, in aged care facilities and in hospitals.