Doctors

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.
This information is also available when you book appointments in the HotDoc app. 

Bowral Street

Dr Stephen Barnett

B Med DCH (Lond) MRCGP FRACGP

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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Paediatrics & Occupational Medicine

Dr Nicholas Lo

BSc MBBS DCH FRACGP

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).

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Chronic Disease Management & Preventative Health, Men’s Health, Minor Surgical Procedures, Skin Checks & Aviation Medical Examinations

Dr Grant Lewis

MBBS DRANZCOG FRACGP

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! 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Chronic Disease Management, Men’s Health, Aged Care, Dermatology, Thyroid Disease and Cardiac Disease. 

Dr Jenny Loxton

MBBS (Hons) DRANZCOG FRACGP IBCLC FACRRM

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. 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Women’s Health, Antenatal & Postnatal Shared Care, Infant Care, Feeding Problems (Lactation Consultant), Chronic Disease Management, Dermatology and Travel Medicine. 

Dr Joyce Deng

FRACGP, MD, DCH

Dr Joyce Yue Yi Deng joined Highlands GP in August 2022 as a Registrar and completed her training with the RACGP in 2024. Originally from Canada, she moved to Australia to finish her studies and graduated from the University of Wollongong’s School of Medicine in 2018. Dr Deng has since worked in rural and metro hospital settings at Tamworth, Gosford and Wyong. During her time at UOW, she lived in the Southern Highlands and her love of bush walking is one of the reasons she returned to the area for her GP training. When Dr Deng isn’t working or studying, she enjoys the creative outlets of painting, photography and learning new languages.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Preventative Medicine 

Dr Tess van Duuren

MB Ch B. BSc Sports Med. FRACGP

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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:
Mental Health, Medical Education

Dr Chris Alexander

MBBS (Hons) FRACGP

Dr Chris Alexander has over 25 years general practice experience. Dr Alexander is also a Surgical Assistant to General and Orthopaedic Surgeons at both Bowral District Hospital and Southern Highlands Private Hospital.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Orthopaedics, Dermatology & Minor Surgery

Dr Amanda Hipwell

MBBS FRACGP

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. 

Please note Dr Hipwell will be taking a break from General Practice at the end of July to pursue a career in Occupational Medicine

Dr Stuart Murray

Bsc (Hons), MBBS

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. 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics and Dermatology

Dr Huda Ab Aziz

MBBS, FRACGP

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. 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Geriatric and Palliative care and Chronic health disease. 

Dr Akmal Syafiq

FRACGP, MD

Dr Akmal Syafiq is a Malaysan-born, rural trained GP with 10 years’ experience working in multiple healthcare settings.
After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2014, Dr Akmal completed his residency in the Central Coast NSW and his fellowship in the South Coast NSW.
Dr Akmal also completed his Masters in Public Health whilst working as a Panel Physician with Visa Immigratin Services in 2020.
Dr Akmal is passionate about health coaching & nurturing healthy habits. 
Outside of work, Dr Akmal enjoys swimming, reading fiction and event organizing for the local community.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management, General Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Dr Harshinie Jayamanna

MBBS, FRACGP

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. 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

General Practice, Child Health, Women’s Health and Palliative Care

Dr Joo Kim

FRACGP, MD, DCH

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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Allergy Disease 

Dr Monique Bulbrook

BSc MChD FRACGP

Dr Monique Bulbrook joined Highlands GP in February 2023. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney in 2013; she moved to Canberra and completed her medical degree at the Australian National University in 2017. She completed her hospital training initially in Canberra and then completed her residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She since trained in General Practice across multiple clinics in the North and Northwest of Sydney. She became a Fellow of the RACGP in 2022. In 2024, she became a Medical Educator for the RACGP and takes an ongoing interest in Medical Education.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management, Preventative Health

Moss Vale

Dr Fiona Mackintosh

B MED, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, DIP PAEDIATRICS

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. 

Dr Mackintosh has returned to the practice and currently has womens health clinic appointments available on Thursday & Friday mornings.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Shared Care, Women’s Health, Palliative Care

Dr Taleitha Atkins

BSC (BIOTECH), MBBS, FRACGP, CERT EMERGENCY MEDICINE, CERT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Antenatal Shared Care and Travel Medicine

Dr Stephen Helme

MB, CHB, FRACGP

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.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Skin Health, Skin Checks, Minor Excisions

Dr John Ward

MBBS

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. 

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Men’s Health, Paediatrics and Chronic Disease Management

Dr Clare Haydon (née Hoskins)

BMed, DCH, FRACGP

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.


SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Paediatrics, Child Health and Women’s Health

Dr Bernadet Sutanto

BMedSci, MD, SCHP, DRANZCOG

Dr Bernadet Sutanto joined Highlands GP as a registrar in February 2022 and completed her training with RACGP in 2024. She graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 2017 and worked at central Melbourne hospitals before moving to the Southern Highlands. Dr Sutanto has completed her Diploma in obstetrics (DRANZCOG) and the Sydney Child Health program.



SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Women’s Health (Antenatal & Postnatal Care), Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Chronic Disease Management

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