GPCAS Clinical Advisors
Western Victoria Primary Health Network
Dr Andrew Horwood MBBS FRACGP
Dr. Andrew Horwood lives in Kensington, Melbourne and is a General Practitioner with over 35 years’ experience, a part time poet and workshop presenter. He has a background in complementary medicine and counselling. Semi-retired now, his medical work includes regular short term locum work in Horsham where he focuses on assisting people with persistent pain. He is interested in helping enhance pain management throughout the Wimmera region. He is also happily married and greatly enjoys being a father and grandfather as well as reading, barracking for Hawthorn and gardening.
Murray Primary Health Network
Dr Paul MacCartney MBBS FRACGP
Dr Paul MacCartney has been working as a General Practitioner in community health in Inner Melbourne for 20 years. He has a special interest in Addiction Medicine, homelessness and mental illness. Paul also ran an Alcohol and Other Drugs clinic in Shepparton for 7 years. He has had a long involvement in the training of other General Practitioners in the management of patients struggling with substance abuse and works as a General Practitioner mentor for the North Western Pharmacotherapy network.
Dr Thileepan Naren MBBS DCH PGDipSurgAnat MHM MPH FRACGP
Dr Thileepan Naren graduated from Monash University in 2006 and completed his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2014. He has also completed a Diploma in Child Health, Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy and Masters of Health Management and Public Health. He is a practicing General Practitioner at the Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative. Dr Naren is also a General Practitioner registrar supervisor and a General Practitioner examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Gippsland Primary Health Network
Dr Kathy Brotchie
Dr Brotchie is a rural General Practitioner with over twenty years experience working in primary care. Since 2000, Kathy has worked predominantly in Indigenous health practising patient-centred care in a variety of remote and regional locations throughout Australia. Her current role is based at the Latrobe Community Health Service where she has a part-time clinical load at the Traralgon clinic and is involved in quality improvement and General Practitioner support and mentoring. Kathy’s academic career involved clinical skills education for medical students and rural emergency skills training for international medical graduates working in Victoria. he has a passion for safe, clinical care supported by effective use of health IT programs, such as the SafeScript program and is a qualified health informatician (CHIA).
Dr Mitchell Kraan MBBS FRACGP
Dr Mitchell Kraan completed his General Practice Fellowship with the RACGP in 2018, after graduating from Monash University School of Medicine in 2013. He is a practising General Practitioner in Trafalgar. His previous clinical attachments include work with First Step and The Living Room/Youth Projects. When not at work he enjoys indoor soccer, musical theatre, and getting out and about with the local Scouts.
South Eastern Primary Health Network
Dr Jenny Devine MBBS FRACGP
Jenny graduated from Monash University in 1987 and completed her Fellowship of General Practice with the RACGP in 1993. She currently works part time as a General Practitioner in Bentleigh, and previously worked for many years in St Kilda, which included treating patients with drug dependence.
Dr Jamie Pike BSci(Hons) MBBS FRACGP
Dr Pike completed a bachelor of applied science at RMIT university followed by an honours year studying epigenetic changes in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at the bone marrow transplant unit, the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. A bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery was completed at The University of Melbourne 2006, followed by a graduate diploma in Medical acupuncture, Monash University 2011. A Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners was awarded in 2015. She has worked in general practice in both community health services and private practices. Dr Pike has experience treating people who suffer substance use disorder, including prescribing opiate substitution therapy. She has worked as a General Practitioner mentor related to pharmacotherapy (opiate substitution therapy) with the Area 4 pharmacotherapy network/SEMPHN.
Dr Pike currently works in community health at Cohealth in Fitzroy, and in private practice at Belgrave Medical Clinic. Dr Pike has an interest in Pain management and is a current acupuncture practitioner. Her other interests include longevity, lifestyle medicine and preventative care. Dr Pike is committed to helping her patients achieve long healthy lives.
North Western Primary Health Network
Dr Sarah Cush BSc MBBS FRACGP
Dr Sarah Cush graduated from The University of Sydney Medical School in 2007. She undertook her training for FRACGP in the Northern Territory before completing Fellowship and moving to Melbourne in 2012. Sarah is currently working part time at the Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, she has also worked in private and community health services while living in Melbourne. Sarah completed her pharmacotherapy training in 2013.
Dr Dean Membrey MBBS(Hons) FRACGP DCH
Dr Dean Membrey graduated from Monash University and completed his hospital based training at the Austin Hospital. He gained experience working with patients suffering from substance use disorders during his general practice training program and currently works in a general practice centre for injecting drug users in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Dean is also on the clinical council of the Eastern Melbourne PHN and is involved in providing the MATOD training through the RACGP.
Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network
Dr Helen Smith MBBS DOBST RACOG FRACGP
Dr Helen Smith graduated from Monash University in 1988 and shortly after obtained her FRACGP, Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Certificate of Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has worked in regional and urban Victoria and spent time working in London.
Dr Anne Saunders BSc MBBS FRACGP
Dr Anne Saunders grew up in the inner east completing a science degree at the University of Melbourne before travelling to South Australia to study medicine at Flinders University. On returning to Melbourne Anne worked for Southern Health and St Vincent’s hospitals and trained in emergency medicine at that time before she entered general practice. She currently works part time at Access Health, a community health general practice in Hawthorn which is attached to an alcohol and other drug service and Hawthorn Headspace.
Dr Saunders has a broad range of interests including: musculoskeletal medicine, family medicine, women’s health and family planning. She also is passionate about access and equity with in interest in mental health, pain and drug and alcohol problems.