The doctors working from Highlands General Practice are highly experienced and friendly.
They have a variety of special interests across all areas of general practice including paediatrics, chronic care management, skin, women’s health, men’s health, ante-natal shared care and more.
Many doctors work part-time which is becoming more common in general practice. This allows them to explore other interests and maintain a good work/life balance which ultimately results in an extended career in general practice.
Continuity of care is very important to us and for this reason, doctors encourage their patients to have a “backup” doctor they feel comfortable seeing, in case their regular doctor is unavailable.
To see which doctor is the right fit for you, continue reading their biographies below.
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Dr Stephen Barnett
Dr Stephen Barnett has 20 years’ general experience both in Australia and the UK and became an owner of Highlands General Practice in 2003. Dr Barnett is an active GP Registrar supervisor and assists with medical students. He also sees patients at Moss Vale on Mondays.
Dr Nicholas Lo
Dr Nick Lo worked as a GP Registrar in Emergency and a number of regional areas before joining Highlands General Practice in 2013, and is an owner in the practice. Dr Lo supervises GP Registrars, is a member of our Skin Cancer Clinic team and is also a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).
Paediatrics, Chronic Disease Management & Preventative Health, Men’s Health, Minor Surgical Procedures, Skin Checks & Aviation Medical Examinations
Dr Grant Lewis
Dr Grant Lewis is an experienced general practitioner having worked in rural general practice since 1986 and lived in the Highlands since 2000. He is a preceptor of final year medical students at the University of Wollongong and is an accredited supervisor of general practice registrars.
Dr Lewis continues to play an active role in the Southern Highlands Veterans Cricket Club. You may find him on Bradman Oval when he is not at work!
Chronic Disease Management, Men’s Health, Aged Care, Dermatology, Thyroid Disease and Cardiac Disease.
Dr Jenny Loxton
Dr Jenny Loxton has worked in General Practice for 30 years.
She holds a Diploma of Obstetrics qualification and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr Loxton teaches medical students and is a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong. She is also accredited with GP Synergy to supervise and teach registrars specialising in General Practice. Dr Loxton believes in a preventative approach to health with regular screenings and effective planning of healthy mind strategies.
Women’s Health, Antenatal & Postnatal Shared Care, Infant Care, Feeding Problems (Lactation Consultant), Chronic Disease Management, Dermatology and Travel Medicine.
Dr Penny Knowlden
Antenatal Care, Mental Health, Skin Cancer and Diabetes
Dr Tess van Duuren
Dr Tess Van Duuren has lived and worked as a GP in the Southern Highlands since 2001. Dr Van Duuren has a specific interest in GP medical education and currently works for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Chris Alexander
Orthopaedics, Dermatology & Minor Surgery
Dr Amanda Hipwell
Dr Amanda Hipwell graduated with a BSc in Genetics from the University of Queensland in 2004 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Medicine (from UOQ) in 2011. Dr Hipwell has continued her training by successfully finishing the Sydney Child Health Program and the FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual health from Family Planning NSW. Dr Hipwell has been living and working in the Southern Highlands with her young family since 2015.
Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Sexual Health, Genetic Health and Preventative Care.
Dr Stuart Murray
Dr Stuart Murray joined Highlands GP in February 2021 to commence the third term of his General Practice training. In April 2022 he successfully become a Fellow with the RACGP and will be staying at Highlands GP as a fully qualified general practitioner. Dr Murray has also completed a Diploma of Child Health and a Professional Certificate of General Dermatology.
Paediatrics and Dermatology
Dr Huda Ab Aziz
Dr Huda Ab Aziz graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 2011. Since then he has worked in Newcastle and Wollongong, as well as rural areas such as Tamworth and Werris Creek. He then pursued his specialty training in General Practice before becoming a Fellow with the RACGP in 2021.
Paediatrics, Geriatric and Palliative care and Chronic health disease.
Dr Shahrul Wahab
Dr Wahab joined Highlands GP in February 2019 to commence the third term of his General Practice Training to become a Fellow with the RACGP. He has since completed his studies and is now a fully qualified GP and a Supervisor for Medical Students on rotation at the practice. Dr Wahab attended the University of Western Sydney and worked in General Practice on the South Coast before moving to the Highlands. He has also worked in metropolitan and regional hospital settings.
General Practice, Men’s Health, Skin Conditions, Chronic Care and Geriatrics
Dr Harshinie Jayamanna
Dr Harshinie Jayamanna joined Highlands GP in August 2019 as a Registrar to commence the third term of her General Practice Training towards Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of Practitioners. Dr Jayamanna successfully became a General Practitioner in 2021. Before starting at Highlands GP, she worked in the paediatric fields, undertook studies in Child Health and worked in hospitals across Sydney.
General Practice, Child Health, Women’s Health and Palliative Care
Dr Joo Kim
Dr Joo Kim has returned to the Bowral practice (where she completed the latter part of her training) and is now a fully qualified doctor with the RACGP. After graduation from UNSW, she underwent training at Blacktown and Mt Druitt hospitals. Dr Kim has undertaken further training by finishing a Diploma in Child Health at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. In 2021 she moved to the Southern Highlands with her young family, where she enjoys bushwalking with her children.
Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Allergy Disease
Dr Monique Bulbrook
Dr Monique Bulbrook joined Highlands GP in 2023 as a new Fellow with the RACGP. She completed her medical degree at the Australian National University in 2017 and has since trained in General Practice across multiple clinics in the Greater Sydney area.
Women’s Health, Paediatrics and Chronic Disease Management
Dr Fiona Mackintosh
Dr (Christine) Fiona Mackintosh has worked as a GP in Moss Vale since 2012. She enjoys the diversity of general practice, especially women¹s and children¹s health. Dr Mackintosh has a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and offers shared antenatal care and IUD insertion. She enjoys teaching and is a conjoint lecturer at Western Sydney University and a supervisor of GP registrars.
Due to prolonged illness, Dr Mackintosh is not currently working in a clinical capacity and we anticipate she will be away for the rest of 2022. We are hopeful she will make a gradual return to seeing patients in early 2023.
Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Shared Care, Women’s Health, Palliative Care
Dr Taleitha Atkins
Dr Taleitha Atkins has worked locally since 2016 in both rural and city areas. In additional to her studies as a General Practitioner, she has further trained in Emergency Medicine and Women’s Health. Dr Atkins teaches post-graduate medical students at the University of Wollongong, assess GP registrars through GP Synergy and holds an appointment at Bowral Hospital in the Emergency Department. Dr Atkins is not currently taking new patients.
Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Antenatal Shared Care and Travel Medicine
Dr Stephen Helme
Dr Stephen Helme is an experienced General Practitioner with an interest in chronic disease management. Dr Helme has worked in many and varying positions around the world including on the ski fields and cruise liners. He is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Helme has taught medical students at Western Sydney University and continues to work in the Emergency Department at Bowral District Hospital.
Skin Health, Skin Checks, Minor Excisions
Dr John Ward
Dr John Ward is an experienced General Practitioner, who obtained his degree at the University of NSW and has worked in general practice in both New South Wales and South West Western Australia. Since returning from WA, Dr Ward has been working as a GP for the last 5 years and also works in the Emergency Department at Bowral District Hospital. John has a keen interest in medical education and whilst working in WA at Bunbury Hospital, was awarded Medical Educator of the Year.
Men’s Health, Paediatrics and Chronic Disease Management
Dr Clare Haydon (née Hoskins)
Dr Clare Haydon joined Highlands GP in 2017 after completing her general practitioner training and becoming a fellow with the RACGP. Dr Haydon spent the majority of her time as a registrar in rural areas across southern NSW, which lends itself perfectly to working as a GP in the Highlands. She also has a Diploma in Child Health and enjoys working collaboratively with patients at all stages of their life. Dr Clare Haydon is available to see new and existing patients in Moss Vale on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Paediatrics, Child Health and Women’s Health