Casuarina Health & Medical

Our doctors and staff aim to provide you and your family with the highest standard of medical care in a friendly and professional environment. We take a comprehensive and evidence-based approach towards the prevention, diagnosis and management of illness, and are committed to the promotion of good health and well-being to all our patients.

All of our doctors hold specialist fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and have broad experience in the full range of general medical and family care.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

  • General medicine
  • Immunisations
  • Travel advice and vaccinations
  • Skin checks and skin cancer management (surgical and medical)
  • Minor Surgery/procedures
  • Wound Care
  • Antenatal and post-natal care
  • Family planning and sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Drivers licence medicals (personal and commercial)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs patient care
  • Workcover
  • Aged care including Health Assessments for 75 years +
  • Chronic disease management

The Team

  • Dr Kirsten Patterson

    MBBS FRACGP B Sc Grad Dip Ed

    Prior to entering medical studies in 2004, Kirsten worked in the Tweed as a secondary Science & Maths teacher for…

    Prior to entering medical studies in 2004, Kirsten worked in the Tweed as a secondary Science & Maths teacher for a total of 7 years, including a period of 2 years travelling and teaching in Europe, Asia and Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Queensland, Brisbane in 2008. Kirsten has worked at both the Logan and Gold Coast Hospitals, and has worked in General Practice since 2010 in Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores and Banora Point.

    Kirsten has a real devotion to continuing her education and furthering her expertise in General Practice, and is undertaking further studies in her key interest area of women’s health. She is also specifically interested in paediatric and adolescent health, skin cancer medicine and geriatric medicine. Kirsten has a special interest and training in travel medicine. As a former teacher, Kirsten is also committed to the mentorship and education of the next generation of doctors and is heavily involved in supervision and training of medical students and general practice trainees.

    Kirsten truly thrives on the variety of general practice, and enjoys looking after the health of individuals and families of all ages.

  • Dr Adrian Smith

    MBBS, FRACGP, B Int Bus, GDip Econ

    Adrian completed his medical degree at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and subsequently worked in the Princess Alexandra Hospital…

    Adrian completed his medical degree at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and subsequently worked in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and later completed general practice training on the NSW north coast, gaining fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012.

    He has a particular interest in skin cancer diagnosis and management, and has undertaken additional training in skin cancer surgery through UQ/Healthcert. Adrian utilises dermoscopy for skin checks, and has access to a well equipped treatment room at Casuarina Health and Medical for minor surgery and other procedures.

    Adrian enjoys all aspects of general practice and helping patients of all ages from new-borns to the elderly. In addition to skin cancer management, he has particular interest in men’s health, child/adolescent health, travel medicine, mental health and assisting military veterans. He is passionate about preventative medicine and helping patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Prior to studying medicine Adrian had a broad exposure to other industries among other things working in banking and finance here and overseas, and saw military service in the Army (Infantry, Ready Reserve 1992-1996).

    Adrian works at Casuarina Health and Medical on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Saturday mornings (alternating). Having worked at Kingscliff Beach Medical centre since 2012, he continues to have a strong involvement in that practice and works there on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Dr Zoe Adam

    MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP

    Zoe has lived and worked on the NSW North Coast from 2016. Despite being new to the area she has…

    Zoe has lived and worked on the NSW North Coast from 2016. Despite being new to the area she has quickly formed local connections and has developed a love for the coast and it’s people. She has interests in a broad range of medical areas and feels very privileged to be a general practitioner who can witness the full spectrum of life from infancy to older age.
    She completed her medical training at the University of Queensland in 1998. She has worked in a number of practices around Australia and has completed her diploma of obstetrics and gynaecology. She has lived and worked in Tasmania, Far North Queensland, Brisbane and Pottsville and has experience with the full range of general practice from remote indigenous health to busy inner city medicine. She has travelled extensively including having a year round Australia in a small caravan with young children in tow. She is passionate about the role of general practice in a community and works hard to have a ‘patient centred’ approach to her medicine.

  • Dr Elizabeth Keran

    MBBS, FRACGP

    Liz has lived and worked in northern NSW since 2013. She completed her medical degree through Griffith University in 2010…

    Liz has lived and worked in northern NSW since 2013. She completed her medical degree through Griffith University in 2010 and has subsequently obtained a fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2016. Prior to studying medicine, Liz worked as a registered nurse in rural NSW hospitals so has a strong interest in working in collaboration with other health providers to provide patient-centred care. She has undertaken additional training in reproductive medicine and women’s health but enjoys all aspects of general practice.

  • Dr Bianca Reichle

    MBBS

    Dr Bianca Reichle became a member of the Casuarina Health and Medical Team in February 2017. She studied a Bachelor…

    Dr Bianca Reichle became a member of the Casuarina Health and Medical Team in February 2017.
    She studied a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and subsequently completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Bond University in 2012. She gained experience working in a variety of specialties during her residency at the Gold Coast University and Robina Hospitals. Her residency also included placements in paediatric emergency at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and rural emergency at Mareeba Hospital. She gained further experience in acute medicine working for an extended period in the adult & paediatric emergency departments at GCUH & Robina Hospital. She enjoys the variety of general practice and has particular interests in child health and women’s health.

  • Narelle Hammond

    Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Nursing

    Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Nursing Narelle graduated from Podiatry at LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2007. Prior to this…

    Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Nursing

    Narelle graduated from Podiatry at LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2007. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders University, Adelaide, followed by a post Graduate Diploma in advanced Clinical Nursing at The University of Melbourne. After a 15-year career in Intensive Care Nursing at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Narelle began to practice as a podiatrist. Prior to settling on the Gold Coast, Narelle practised in public podiatry (Community Health) as well as private practice in both Melbourne and Sydney.
    Narelle continues to maintain her Nursing membership and practice but predominantly works as a podiatrist in her own private practice.
    Narelle has a very high standard of podiatric care for all of her patients. She has a special interest in sports podiatry, nail surgery, diabetic foot care and orthotic fitting.
     
     
    Undergraduate Qualifications
    Bachelor of Podiatry, La Trobe University 2007. Bachelor of Nursing, Flinders University, Adelaide, 1996.
     
    Postgraduate Training
    Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing, Melbourne University 2000.
     
    Professional Memberships
    Professional Member of Diabetes Qld Registered Podiatrist with AHPRA Registered Nurse with AHPRA Member of Australian Podiatry Association (Qld)
     
    Special Interests
    Biomechanics of the Lower Limb Diabetic and High Risk Patients Nail Surgery Wound Care

  • Dr Kellee Poulsen

    BA BSc (Hons) PhD (Clinical Psychology) MAPS

    Kellee is a clinical psychologist who graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Queensland. Prior to…

    Kellee is a clinical psychologist who graduated with a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Queensland. Prior to completing her PhD, Kellee was awarded a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in psychology. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in human movement studies and sociology. Kellee has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults, and has been a registered psychologist for over 15 years. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and is a Board Approved Supervisor.

    Kellee has expertise in treating children and adolescents, having been employed as a senior psychologist at the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service, and the Royal Children’s and Royal Brisbane hospitals. She has worked with a diverse range of populations including people affected by traumatic events, adolescents diagnosed with cancer, and people living with chronic illnesses. Kellee is an accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider and has travelled to the United Kingdom and Canada to train other practitioners in the program. She has also published a number of research papers on topics including children affected by natural disasters, and depression and anxiety among adults with diabetes. Kellee was a lecturer in psychology at the University of Queensland for many years and has been employed as a senior researcher at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

    Kellee utilises evidence-based approaches and is able to provide assistance for a range of presentations including mood difficulties, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, child behavioural problems, parenting concerns, and relationship difficulties. She is currently available to see clients of all ages.

    Publications:
    Poulsen, K. M., McDermott, B. M., Wallis, J., & Cobham, V. E. (2015). School-based psychological screening in the aftermath of a disaster: Are parents satisfied and do their children access treatment? Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, 28, 69-72.

    Poulsen, K. M., Pachana, N. A., & McDermott, B. M. (2014). Health professionals’ detection of depression and anxiety in their patients with diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology, doi: 10.1177/1359105314559618.

    Poulsen, K. M., & Pachana, N. A. (2012). Depression and anxiety in older and middle-aged adults with diabetes. Australian Psychologist, 47, 90-97.

  • Liz Forsyth

    Nutritionist

    Liz has been practising for the past 15 years both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She completed a Bachelor…

    Liz has been practising for the past 15 years both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) in Brisbane, Australia and has since practised in the many fields of Dietetics including hospital based acute care, community based clinics, workplace & corporate health programs and private practice. She has also furthered her studies in Sports Nutrition and anthropometry through Sports Dietitians Australia and the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK).

    Her experience covers a broad range of medical conditions which benefit from nutritional therapy and dietary modification including diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and metabolic syndrome, cancer, gastro-intestinal conditions, high cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. She provides practical individualised advice to meet the needs of clients and their families.

    Liz promotes optimum health and physical performance through her primary interest in cardiovascular and sports nutrition. She advises on optimal intake for weight concern, incorporating both traditional and the Non-Dieting Approach, addressing metabolic dysfunction and other health conditions benefiting from nutrition therapy. Liz can also advise on appropriate training and competition nutrition for individual and team sports including assessment of body composition utilising BIA technology and skinfolds testing.

    Consultations include a thorough assessment of medical history, physical activity, medications and supplements, body composition assessment and discussing your main concerns. Treatment plans incorporate individualised meal plans, nutrition education and behaviour change advice.

  • Ryan Richardson

    B. Physiotherapy, B. Exercise Science

    After graduating from Griffith University in 2009, Ryan started his career at a busy private practice on the Gold Coast,…

    After graduating from Griffith University in 2009, Ryan started his career at a busy private practice on the Gold Coast, where he consolidated his assessment and treatment skills working alongside highly experienced physiotherapists. Here he undertook introductory and advanced dry needling training, along with clinical pilates training. Not only did this allow him to develop into a proficient physiotherapist clinically, it allowed him to develop a holistic approach that is vital in the management of patients, enabling them to reach their goals sooner.

    His areas of interest include:

    • Back and neck pain
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Knee and Ankle injuries
    • Running technique and Overuse injuries
    • Falls Prevention and Balance Re-Training
    • Dry needling
    • Clinical Pilates
    • Exercise prescription

    He has recently returned from 2 years working in the United Kingdom as a physiotherapist, where he developed new skills, and worked alongside internationally experienced clinicians. Since returning, he has started his own physiotherapy service “Back In Tune Physiotherapy” covering northern NSW and the Gold Coast.

  • Jane Daniel

    Paediatric Speech Pathologist

    Jane is a Certified Practicing Paediatric Speech Pathologist who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998 with a Bachelor of…

    Jane is a Certified Practicing Paediatric Speech Pathologist who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She has a worked as Paediatric Speech Pathologist for the last 15 years in Australia and overseas.
    Her extensive experience includes working as a Speech Pathologist/Senior Speech Pathologist for Education Queensland where she worked consultatively and collaboratively with members of the educational team to optimise learning outcomes for students in metropolitan, regional and rural and remote areas of Queensland (in State Schools and Early Special Education Facilities).
    In more recent years she has:
    • Worked as part of the Allied Health Team for the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service (Prince Charles/ Mater Hospital, Brisbane) to promote developmental outcomes for inpatients and outpatients and their families;
    • Worked as a Clinical Educator for Griffith University supporting the professional learning of Speech Pathology students (Masters Program) within Childcare environments;
    • Worked with Speech Pathology Colleagues to develop and deliver “Read and Grow Plus” training materials/ in- services and “Read and Grow” in -services (Communities for Children), designed to provide first wave, community education for parents, Educators and Non-Government Organisations on functional strategies for embedding oral language strategies in to story time;
    • Returned to her passion of Early Intervention and has worked for the local Health Service since 2014 in Community Health Centres with children aged 0-5 years and their families. Jane will continue in this role.
    She is truly passionate about early intervention and thrives on the opportunity to work collaboratively with parents and caregivers to help their children achieve their best outcomes. She has three young children of her own and has experienced personally, the imperative role that early intervention provides
    in preparing children for later social and academic success. Jane has extensive, research based knowledge on all aspects of early communication and will be primarily providing Speech Pathology services to children aged 0-5 years where there are concerns in one or more of the following areas:
    Receptive language (how little kids understand language).
    For example:
    • Difficulties following directions of increasing length and complexity;
    • Difficulty understanding basic concepts;
    • Difficulty understanding different sentence structures;
    Expressive language (how little kids using words to express their ideas). For example:
    • Children not saying any words;
    • Only use single words to express ideas;
    • Only using simple phrases with limited grammatical structures;
    • Difficulties using talking skills in a social context;

Fees

FEES

Standard Practice Fees

Standard consult $72 (Medicare rebate $37.60)
Long consult (>20min) $108 (Medicare rebate $72.80)
Health Care Card/Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (Concession rate) $58 (Medicare rebate $37.60)
Health Care Card/Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (Concession rate) (>20min) $93 (Medicare rebate $72.80)

High School Students 16 years to 18 years will be charged at the Health Care Card (Concession rate)

The Following will be Bulk Billed

Children 15 years and under, Pensioners and DVA patients will be Bulk-Billed.

Please note- Saturday morning consultations:

‘No bulk billing’ * Pensioners and Children 15 years and under will be billed at the concession rate.

*DVA patients will be bulk billed.

Fees remain at the discretion of each practitioner.
For allied health and specialist fees please contact us on 02 6674 0888.

SMS text messages are sent for appointment confirmation and clinical reminders to your mobile phone.  Please ensure the practice has your correct details.

PATIENT FORMS

​New Patients Form

​New patients who have not been seen at this practice before can print this form, once completed it should be brought along to you initial appointment
Adult New Patient information form June 2018 

Child New Patient information form June 2018

Records Transfer Request Form

The records transfer request form is for those patients wanting to have their past medical records sent through to our surgery. This can be helpful for you doctor to look over past medical history and medications to help with any current conditions. Once completed it can be given to our receptionists who will fax it through to your previous doctor.
Transfer of Medical History Request

Practice Information Sheet

Contact

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays:  Closed

CONTACT INFORMATION

Casuarina Shopping Village, Shop 11
482 Casuarina Way
Casuarina NSW 2487

Phone: 02 6674 0888
Fax: 02 6674 0999
Email: reception@casuarinahealthandmedical.com.au

Please note this email service is checked once daily and is not available for making appointments or accessing medical advice.

For all medical advice please make an appointment with one of our Doctors by calling our Reception Staff on 66740888 and they will be happy to help you.