Dr Brian Hassett
Dr David Cruickshanks
Dr Sangesh Chaudhary
Dr Sally McAleese
Dr Dawn Le bio
Dr Terence Gibson
Dr Mark Churcher
Dr Tu Le bio
Dr Colin Crook bio
Dr Jim Thomson bio
Dr Lisa Cheshire
Dr Andrew Brommeyer
Dr Elizabeth Moore
Dr Philip Dover bio
Dr Cassie Dillon (Registrar)
Dr Neil Livingston bio
Dr Rasika Amarasekera
Dr Alana Gimpel
Dr Robert Hinchey graduated of The University of Sydney and is interested in all aspects and facets of general practice. He enjoys outdoor activities and commutes on his bicycle.....when weather permits!
Dr Hinchey consults part-time from Monday to Friday.
Dr Tony Bongiorno was born in Melbourne and for the most part lived in Flemington studying at St Brendan’s then Xavier College. He graduated from Melbourne University in 1982.
Dr Bongiorno's clinical training was at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Ballarat Base Hospital in medicine and obstetrics. He had interests initially in sports medicine and did further training in this field. As a result he has had honorary positions with the Ballarat Miners, North Ballarat Football Club, Ballarat Turf Club, East Ballarat Football Club and the Ballarat Trotting Club. His interests now however are firmly in family oriented general practice and he particularly enjoys paediatric practice. The longer he is in general practice the more he feels to be a small part of his patient’s lives for which he feels extremely humble.
Dr Bongiorno has a great family with his wife Christine. They have three children. Jacinta is a nurse and teacher and is currently working as a volunteer in an orphanage in Tanzania, Ben works for an accounting firm in Melbourne and played footy until he hurt his shoulder last year and Stephen is completing VCE and is a fantastic golfer who plays off 5. They also have two dogs that they try to walk most days and two cats he tries to avoid!
Dr Bongiorno consults from Monday to Friday and spends Wednesday afternoons working on his golf swing!
Dr Jill Ramsey completed her MBBS at The University of Melbourne and has lived and worked in Ballarat for 21 years. Dr Ramsey also works as the Forensic and Custodial Medical Officer in Ballarat and has done so for about 10 years.
Dr Ramsey has three girls, two of whom are at university in Melbourne and one is a nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Her husband Tony works in ICU and anaesthetics at the Ballarat Base Hospital and St John of God Hospital. Dr Ramsey is very keen on theatre and enjoys playing golf and likes to travel.
Dr Ramsey consults on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Danni Steele is a Division 1 Registered Nurse with over five years experience in general practice.
Danni has achieved accreditation in immunisation, wound management and ear irrigation, and is an accredited Pap test provider. Danni has a passion for women’s health and was instrumental in setting up our very successful after-hours women’s health clinics.
Danni consults on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as well as two Saturday mornings per month.
Tamara Warland is a registered division one nurse. Tamara studied her bachelor degree at The University of Ballarat, and has found her real passion in general practice. Tamara has over five years of general practice experience and is currently job sharing the role of Practice Nurse Manager at UFS Medical.
Tamara has gained accreditation in immunisation, ear irrigation and is working towards her women's health and Pap test accreditation. Tamara consults on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at UFS Medical – Doveton Street
Gail Creanor is a Division 1 Registered Nurse and qualified Midwife with over two years experience in general practice.
Gail is our dedicated chronic disease management nurse and provides patients with a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare.
Gail consults on Wednesdays, Fridays and alternating Thursdays.
Emma Shepherd is a Division 1 Registered Nurse and has recently chosen to branch into general practice after five years experience in the hospital setting.
Emma has achieved postgraduate qualifications in sexual and reproductive health and is an accredited Pap test provider.
Emma consults on a casual basis and is passionate about her regular involvement in our after-hours women’s health clinics
Dr Mark Churcher graduated in medicine in 1986 and completed his Dip.RACOG in 1989. He spent 1991 to 1993 working in anaesthetics in the UK and returned to Australia and completed his FRACGP in 1995.
Dr Chucher has worked at Gillies Street Medical Clinic (now UFS Medical Centre) since 1994 and continues to attend the Antenatal clinic at BHS and assists in theatre at BHS and SJOG. Dr Churcher has been on the board of the Ballarat & District Division of General Practice since 1994 and as Chair for the last seven years.
Dr Churcher is married with 3 active boys and 2 active dogs
Dr Colin Crook grew up in Melbourne. He graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1978. His first two years as a doctor were spent at the Ballarat Base Hospital and he had two further years of general practice training before starting at Gillies Street Medical Clinic (now UFS Medical Centre) in 1983.
Since 2001 Dr Crook has worked as the GP Advisor to the Ballarat and District Division of General Practice, and also as the Chairman of Continuing Medical Education.
Dr Crook is married and has three daughters and a son. His interests are cycling, swimming, snow skiing, the theatre, visiting art galleries and the Sydney Swans football club.
Vicki Duffy is a registered division one nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing (Post Reg) from Ballarat University and is Immunisation Accredited. Vicki completed her training at St John of God Hospital and has worked at a number of hospitals across Victoria as well as overseas.
Vicki has spent the last thirteen years at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern in urology/gynaecology, as well as homecare and care coordination/case management.
Vicki moved back to Ballarat in 2008 and worked with the Ballarat District Nursing & Healthcare before commencing with Gillies Street Medical Clinic (now UFS Medical Centre) in February 2009.
Dr Dawn Le completed her medical degree at the University of Adelaide in 1991. She enjoys the breadth of general practice including antenatal shared care.
Dr Le and her family moved to Ballarat in 2009 - it was an interesting journey with 3 children, a dog and a cat in the car.
Dr Le consults on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, all day Thursday and Friday mornings
Dr Paul Hemming graduated from Birmingham University, England in 1969. His next few years were spent as a Medical Officer in the Royal Air Force, working with pilots of the Harrier Jump Jets and their families, before entering Rural General Practice in UK.
Paul and his family migrated to Australia in 1977 and he commenced a very successful practice with Brian Hassett in Ballarat. Since 1977 the practice has grown to include 4 General Practitioners who provide a full range of GP services.
Paul has also been very active in the community and outside his practice. He was President of the AMA in Victoria and national President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, as well as serving on many government committees and advisory bodies such as "beyondblue". He started the Ballarat and District Division of General Practice and was the inaugural Chair of GP Divisions Victoria. Currently Paul is a member of Council at the University of Ballarat.
Paul and his wife have 2 daughters who live with their families in the Ballarat area and they spend as much time as possible between Ballarat and their beachside property at Queenscliff.
Dr Terry Gibson graduated with degrees from Birmingham and London in 1963 and 1964. He moved with this family to Australia in 1965 and since then has worked in various rural areas in Australia and was a principal in a Melbourne practice for 25 years.
Dr Gibson moved to Ballarat in 1999 as part of a sea change, joining the Gillies Street Medical Clinic. He mains dedicated to quality in general practice.
Dr Gibson is married with four children, five grandchildren, and one dog and as part of the rural life twelve hardworking chickens. His interests are in gardening and keeping fit. He has a life long interest in the Aston Villa Soccer Club and is a Melbourne Football Club tragic.
Dr Jim Thomson graduated from Glasgow University in 1975. Jim has a special interest all aspects family medicine and is available Monday to Friday at UFS Medical – Doveton Street.
Margaret Wilson is a registered division one nurse, as well as a Nurse Immuniser and Nurse Pap Test Provider. Margaret has been a Practice Nurse for five years and enjoys all aspects of general practice.
Margaret consults Monday to Wednesday at UFS Medical – Doveton Street and enjoys gardening and walking in her time off.
Heather Kinnersly has a Bachelor of Nursing and is an Accredited Nurse Immuniser. Heather has worked as a Practice Nurse for over five years and enjoys all aspects of her role as a practice nurse. Heather consults on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at UFS Medical – Doveton Street and enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and keeping fit on her days off.
Graham is a Registered Associate Member with the Australia Psychological Society and holds an Honours degree. Graham can assist clients with anxiety disorders, depression, family therapy and counselling, adolescent issues and other mental health conditions.
Belinda is a physiotherapist with a special interest in women's health including continence and pelvic floor management for stress incontinence, urge incontinence and prolapse symptoms. Belinda is passionate about women's health particularly during pregnancy and the post natal period. Belinda also specialises in hand therapy. Belinda is able to custom-make splints as part of managing hand conditions.
Cameron has been working as a private practice physiotherapist in the Ballarat region for over 12 years. He has a personal and professional interest in sporting injuries, having been a local cricketer and footballer. Cameron also treats a wide range of musculo-skeletal and spinal problems including acute and chronic injuries, work injuries and post surgical rehabilitation.
Janet is a physiotherapist with a specific interest in dance-related injuries having formerly worked at The Australian Ballet. Over her professional career, she has worked with a wide range of athletes, both elite and recreational. Janet enjoys sharing her many years of experience in the education, treatment and rehabilitation of dancers, and performs dance-specific physical assessments. Janet maintains a particular focus on foot and ankle injuries, and the prevention and treatment of dance injuries.
Lisa Timmins is an RN, Div 1 and graduated from Ballarat University in 1989. Lisa holds a Diploma of Management & Nursing and a Certificate of Emergency & Critical Care. Lisa is an Accredited Nurse Immuniser & Ear Irrigation practitioner. Lisa has worked in general practice for nearly 12 years and she is interested and experienced in most areas of nursing. Lisa works Mondays and Tuesdays at UFS Medical – Doveton Street.
Dr Phil Dover graduated from Monash University in 1979. He was a country GP in Edenhope for 20 years and now works in general practice and part-time as a critical care medical officer at St John Of God ED and ICU on Mondays. Phil is interested in procedural medicine. Phil works Tuesdays to Fridays at UFS Medical – Doveton Street.
Dr Tu Le graduated from Adelaide University and has an interest in all aspects of general practice, especially men's health. Dr Le has three children and two dogs and enjoys cycling, tennis and cooking. Dr Le works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at UFS Medical – Doveton Street.
Dr Colin Crook graduated from Monash University in 1978. He started his medical training at the Ballarat Base Hospital in 1979 and completed two enjoyable years there. He then completed two further years training in General Practice in Gippsland, Colac and Melbourne. Dr Crook was always keen to return to Ballarat and started in private general practice in Gillies Street, Wendouree in 1983 and worked there for twenty eight years. He is now very happy to work at UFS Medical - Doveton Street. Since 2001 Dr Crook has worked part-time as the GP Advisor to the Ballarat and District Division of General Practice. Dr Crook has four children and his interests include time with his family, cycling, snow skiing, kayaking on Lake Wendouree, visiting art galleries and most importantly, the Sydney Swans!
Dr Dawn Le is originally from Adelaide and enjoys the diversity of general practice and teaching medical students. She is married and has 3 children and 2 super cute dogs. She works part-time and would love to have more time for gardening!
Dr Bessie Wayoe-Yamba is a graduate of the University of Cape Town. She has a special interest in Shared Care Obstetrics, Women's Health and Paediatrics, though she sees patients across the full general practice spectrum. Bessie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and walking. Bessie consults at UFS Medical - Doveton Street Monday to Friday.
Hannah completed a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition, and Masters of Dietetics at Deakin University. Hannah has a special interest in diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), weight management and nutrition to promote health in all ages and conditions. Hannah grew up in Ballarat and has always wanted to be a dietitian as she has a keen interest in nutrition, fitness and health. Hannah works at UFS Medical - Doveton Street on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Dr Neil Livingston has had a long association with Ballarat. He completed his secondary education at St Patrick’s College and undertook his post graduate training at Ballarat Base Hospital. Neil then went to the United Kingdom to complete a diploma of child health and obstetric training. Neil returned to Ballarat in 1986 and commenced his own practice in central Ballarat. In 2000 he moved to Dubai to experience expatriate medicine, returning in 2004 to work in rural practice until recently in Beaufort. Neil’s special interests are paediatrics, adolescent medicine, palliative Care and men’s health.
Kym has worked as a Podiatrist in Ballarat during the last 24 years. She has a passionate approach to her work, treating all age groups. Kym has extensive experience treating - paediatric foot/leg problems, sports related foot injuries, people with diabetic and arthritic foot complications and performing ingrown toenail surgery. Her podiatric skills also include treatments for - difficult toenails, removing corns, calluses and warts, footwear advice and modification, biomechanical assessments and orthoses/wedges, padding and strapping for bunions and hammer toes. Age is no barrier for a consultation!
Adam is a podiatrist with almost 20 years experience. He has owned and run the Wimmera Foot Clinic in Horsham for 16 years. His interest in technology drew him to exploring new treatment options for his patients. Fungal nails have been a condition that he has seen throughout his career, that until now, did not have very successful treatment outcomes. He is pleased to be able to bring the Australian Laser Nail Clinic to assist the people of Ballarat.
Natalie has lived in Ballarat for over 10 years. Natalie has a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Advanced Social Work from The University of Melbourne. Natalie has worked at Ballarat Health Services for the past ten years primarily as a social worker in the Oncology and Palliative Care sector. Natalie has also worked as a student counsellor with year 9 students at Wesley College (Clunes Campus). Natalie works with Alzheimer’s’ Australia (Vic) as a counsellor for the Grampians region. Natalie has a special interest in patients with cancer diagnosis and ensuring good palliative care is provided in a timely manner. Natalie enjoys travelling, reading and good coffee!