Meet the team at Newstead Medical.

Doctors

Dr Andrew Fair
Dr Andrew Fair
Andrew Fair has been a Medical Practitioner working in General Practice for over 28 years. His special interests include paediatrics, preventative and early diagnostic medicine and the treatment of depressive illness in general practice. Andrew has also been a Minister of Religion for 15 years and currently is the Associate Minister/Head of Staff and Chairman at the Door of Hope Christian Church. Andrew’s other interests include leadership development in the not for profit, church and business sector. He also currently holds a number of Directorships and is the Chairman of two not for profit organisations.
Dr Toby Gardner
Dr Toby Gardner
Dr Gardner was raised and trained in Queensland, and spent a number of years working in rural Qld before relocating to Launceston in 2006 to raise his young family. He enjoys and works across all areas of Medicine, and is actively involved in the training and examining of young doctors at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. He holds a 0.3 FTE appointment with UTAS where he is involved in teaching Emergency Medicine, and also a part-time role with the RACGP as Deputy Chair and Supervisor Liaison Officer. He now splits his clinical time between Urgent Care and General Practice. Outside work enjoys the wine, food and events that are unique to Tasmania.
Dr Daniel Kirk
Dr Daniel Kirk
Originally from Western Australia where he completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, Dr Kirk moved to Tasmania in 2018.
He has interests in oncology, lifestyle medicine and paediatrics. Outside of his work as a GP, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing cricket.
Dr Paul Hanson
Dr Paul Hanson
Dr Hanson has postgraduate training in a wide variety of presentations to general practice. He is competent in the full breadth of medical problems. He has an interest in training medical students and young doctors. He keeps fit by walking and riding a push bike.
Dr Verity Foulkes-Taylor
Dr Verity Foulkes-Taylor
Dr Foulkes-Taylor is originally from rural Western Australia, completed her undergraduate medical degree in WA at UWA, and then completed her initial years of training in WA and Port Macquarie before moving to Tasmania for GP training. Her areas of interest include women’s health and paediatrics, and she is a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner. She currently has a research role with UTAS, and enjoys trail running, swimming, camping and gardening in her spare time.
Dr Helen Parkes
Dr Helen Parkes
Dr Parkes graduated from Flinders University, S.A., in 1984 and has worked in 4 Australian states as a GP. She has been in Launceston since 1996.
Dr Graham Poole
Dr Graham Poole
Dr Poole has worked in general practice, obstetrics, paediatrics and refugee health in Tasmania and NSW, including Newstead Medical in 2011 and 2012. Between 2012 to 2016, he was Medical Director of a mission hospital for women and children in South Sudan. Special interests include the health of families, the care of refugees, the journey of faith and the challenge of marathons!
Dr Jason Jeffery
Dr Jason Jeffery
Dr Jeffery joined Newstead Medical in January 2019. He initially trained in the hospital system in Queensland before moving to Tasmania to pursue a career in General Practice. He enjoys the breadth of medicine that General Practice offers, as well as the outdoor pursuits easily accessible in Tasmania.

Jason is currently on leave doing locum work in remote Australia and we look forward to his return.

Dr Jeffery has taken time off in 2023 as he locums around the country and we look forward to eventually welcoming him back

Dr Cameron McClure
Dr Cameron McClure
Dr McClure is originally from Brisbane where he completed his medical training at the University of Queensland. He moved to Tasmania in 2016 and completed his GP training at various practices whilst also working at the Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department.

Dr McClure has Extended Skills in Urgent Care Medicine. He holds an Emergency Medicine Certificate from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and is certified in Advanced Life Support (ALS2) and Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST).

Dr Jane Dhann
Dr Jane Dhann
Dr Jane Dhann is a graduate of the University of Queensland and Griffith University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She particularly enjoys caring for patients with difficulties in communication. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, gardening and cooking.
Dr Amy Leung
Dr Amy Leung
Dr Amy Leung was born in Northern Queensland and graduated from James Cook University in 2014. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has a Diploma in Child Health and has completed a dermatology course through the Australian Institute of Dermatology. Amy enjoys all aspects of general practice, and in her spare time she enjoys baking, hiking and travelling with her husband.
Dr Samantha Cassidy
Dr Samantha Cassidy
Dr Samantha Cassidy is a UTAS Medical Graduate and completed her General Practitioner training locally in Northern Tasmania. In recent years she has been working at Scottsdale and has experience with on-call work in rural hospitals. She has a strong interest in dermatology and skin cancer, women’s health and paediatrics.
Dr Amanda Clifford
Dr Amanda Clifford
Dr Amanda Clifford is going to be working as a General Practitioner between Newstead Medical Centre and Kings Meadows Medical Centre. She completed her RACGP fellowship in 2018. She has a special interest in antenatal care, women’s health and paediatrics, mental health, but loves looking after everyone and is friendly in her approach, loves to have a chat and enjoys being able to see and get to know the family. Amanda is a mum to 2 young children and is often at the beach with them, her husband and family dog.
Dr Cormac Keane
Dr Cormac Keane
Dr Cormac Keane is a GP of over 20 years experience and has just relocated to Launceston with his young family from Sydney. Originally from Ireland, he trained in the UK before moving to Australia in 2013.

Cormac has extensive experience with a solid primary care background in semi-rural and suburban primary care. A generalist at heart, he has special interests in skin cancer and minor procedures, and chronic disease management (especially cardiovascular medicine).

Dr Meagan Campain
Dr Meagan Campain
Dr Meagan Campain relocated from rural NSW to Tasmania in 2021, after working for many years as a rural GP, in a GP practice and district hospital.

A graduate of the University of Sydney, she has most recently been working as a senior Emergency doctor in the Mersey hospital. She feels privileged to care for a variety of patients in all aspects of medicine, particularly paediatrics, women’s health and indigenous health. She enjoys helping people take steps toward a healthier life and is particularly interested in working with females in sport.

When not working, she is out adventuring, growing food and studying permaculture and sustainability.

Dr Ahdy Gerges
Dr Ahdy Gerges
Dr Ahdy Gerges recently joined us at Newstead Medical, moving into town with his young family. Before this, he has worked as a GP in Georgetown since 2016.

Originally from Egypt, he worked as a GP in Abu Dhabi for many years before emigrating to Australia with his wife. He has a broad interest in all areas of General Practice including chronic disease management, procedural skills and emergency medicine, and will also be working at Kings Meadows Medical Centre.

Dr Ellie Khalili
Dr Ellie Khalili
Dr Ellie relocated from Queensland in 2023, having worked as a GP in Mackay for 4 years. Originally from Iran, she has been working as a General Practitioner since 2011, with a strong interest in cardiovascular and diabetes management, skin cancer, women’s health, paediatrics, mental health and chronic disease.

Ellie has an Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine & Surgery and a Certificate of Dermatoscopy with the SCCA. She is in the final stages of her Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.

She relocated with her husband Schwann for the cooler climate, with a love of the outdoors including bushwalking, snorkeling and kayaking.

Dr Jeremy Yang
Dr Jeremy Yang
Dr Jeremy Yang graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2017. He has worked in both the Royal Hobart and Launceston General Hospitals across many areas. He enjoys all areas of General Practice, with particular interest in general medicine and chronic disease care. He also has an interest in education, holding a part-time Medical Educator role at UTAS Launceston Clinical School. Outside of work, he enjoys strength training, food travels, playing piano and dabbling in IT.
Dr Deepak Sidhu
Dr Deepak Sidhu
A graduate of Monash University, Deepak recently joined us at Newstead, having worked in General Practice in Launceston over the last 3 years. Prior to this he’s worked in the LGH, NWRH as well as in various hospitals across Victoria and NSW. Originally from Malaysia, he has developed a keen interest in managing mental health conditions, though is proficient across the breadth of General Practice. He’s volunteered widely in his spare time, enjoys cooking, listening to music and travel.
Dr Tousif Syed
Dr Tousif Syed
Tousif grew up in India and moved to Australia in 2015, working in Queensland for 4 years before moving to Tasmania with his family.

He has also worked in many hospitals across Australia over the past 7 years, though is most passionate about general practice for the variety and opportunity to provide holistic care.

Tousif is interested in skin, chronic medical illness, geriatric health and emergency medicine. When he’s not working, he keeps busy cooking, traveling, socialising with friends and enjoying family time as much as possible.

Dr Karinna Fyfe
Dr Karinna Fyfe
After spending the last few years on the mainland completing her training, Dr Karinna Fyfe has returned home to Launceston after commencing working with us in 2018.

She is currently on maternity leave until early 2024. She’ll be working Mondays and Fridays at Newstead Medical and every Tuesday at our Kings Meadows Medical Centre. Karinna has an interest in paediatrics, women’s health, and is a keen runner, who races at an elite level.

Dr Claire Jones
Dr Claire Jones
Dr Claire Jones is originally from Victoria where she obtained her Bachelor of Emergency Health from Monash University and worked as a paramedic while completing her medical degree with Oceania University of Medicine. After moving to Tasmania she has worked at the Launceston General Hospital before settling into General Practice. Outside of medicine she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Dr Celine Goh
Dr Celine Goh
Dr Celine Goh graduated from the University of Tasmania and subsequently worked in various disciplines at the Launceston General Hospital. She completed a Diploma in Child Health and has a keen interest in paediatrics and preventative health. Celine also enjoys playing piano and travelling, and is a Fellow of Trinity College London in music performance.
Dr Rebekah Moore
Dr Rebekah Moore
Rebekah was born and raised in the Tamar Valley. She attended medical school at the University of Tasmania and has worked across all three major hospitals in the state since graduating in 2012. She has worked extensively in Emergency Medicine, including in far-north Queensland, which has given her a broad foundation. She is a proud Tasmanian and enjoys bushwalking, good food, and the company of friends and family.
Dr Schwann Rad
Dr Schwann Rad
Dr Rad relocated to Launceston from Mackay in 2023, having worked as a General Practitioner in his home country of Iran since 2010. He has extensive experience in managing substance use and mental health disorders, for which he has won several academic awards and been published widely.

Dr Rad also has a strong interest in refugee health, chronic disease management and enjoys all aspects of general medicine. He joins Newstead Medical with his wife Ellie as they settle down to a cooler life in Launceston, with a love of bushwalking and the outdoors.

Dr Philippa Eastwood
Dr Philippa Eastwood
Philippa trained in Far North Queensland at James Cook University before undertaking her first few years as a doctor in Townsville University Hospital. She moved with her husband to Launceston in 2022 and has worked within the Launceston General Hospital as well as in Scottsdale with experience in on- call work in rural hospitals. She enjoys the broad nature and variety of general practice. While not at work, Philippa enjoys walking her Labradoodle, going to the beach and spending time with family.
Dr Zeenath Sultana
Dr Zeenath Sultana
Dr Zeenath recently joined us at Newstead Medical, having worked in the Launceston General Hospital since 2020 with a special interest in Antenatal Medicine. She gained her primary degree in India in 2015 before relocating to Tasmania, and has achieved the RANZCGOG Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She enjoys the diversity that General Practice offers and is currently accepting new patients.
Dr Lakshmi Sompalli
Dr Lakshmi Sompalli
Originally from India, Dr Lakshmi has been working at the LGH across all disciplines since relocating to Tasmania in 2020. Prior to this she worked as a resident medical officer at the Townsville Hospital in Queensland between 2012 and 2016, before taking some time off to look after her young family. She has now settled in Tasmania and is looking forward to working with the team at Newstead Medical, and is accepting new patients.
Dr Shrima Shrestha
Dr Shrima Shrestha
Dr Shrima Shrestha has been working in various hospitals around Australia since 2017, and eventually relocated to Tasmania in 2018. Dr Shrima has previously been working in the Northwest coast of Tasmania and has now settled in Launceston. Dr Shrestha has a special interest in women’s health and pediatrics and is accepting new patients.
Dr Hnin Yee Win
Dr Hnin Yee Win

Other Staff

Doug Blackaby
Doug Blackaby
CEO

Doug is a highly experienced senior executive having worked in excess of 20 years in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors in diverse roles. He is an authentic leader that promotes passion among colleagues and has proven track record in customer care. Doug is an avid cyclist and spends a good portion of his free time supporting his two sons in their sporting pursuits.

Aleena Dance
Aleena Dance
PRACTICE MANAGER

Aleena joined our team as a medical receptionist in 2016. She has completed a Certificate 4 in Business Administration and is currently completing a Double Diploma of Human Resource Management and Leadership & Management. Aleena has over 10 years’ of customer service experience and enjoys the challenges that each day brings. Outside of work Aleena enjoys spending walking her Kelpie, going on adventures, and spending time with friends and family.

Emma Allison
Emma Allison
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Emma joined our team in January 2008. She has completed a Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Human Resources. Emma has over 15 years’ experience in medical administration and over 20 years’ experience in the customer service industry. Emma strives to maximise operational excellence, and is passionate about making influential impacts in the workplace. Emma aspires to be a green thumb, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her young family, running and exploring.

Nyssa Hodgkinson
Nyssa Hodgkinson
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Nyssa joined our team in 2014 and has over 15 years experience working with General Practice. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce in 2004 and is a member of CPA Australia. She enjoys finding innovative ways to deliver the highest quality healthcare to our patients.
When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, horses and spending time in the garden.

Natalie Styles
Natalie Styles
CLINICAL NURSE MANAGER

Natalie started her nursing carer at the LGH. She has been working for Newstead Medical as the Clinical Nurse Manager since Dec 2020 before this she was the Clinical Coordinator at Kings Meadows Medical Centre. Natalie enjoys playing netball and riding dirt bikes in her spare time. Natalie loves working in General Practice as she loves the interaction with the patients and getting to know them and their stories.

Sarah Gillie
Sarah Gillie
OPERATIONS SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Sarah joined our team in 2017. She has almost 9 years’ experience in medical administration and 10 years’ experience in customer service. Sarah enjoys working in a team environment and loves helping people.

Emma Broad
Emma Broad
OFFICE COORDINATOR

Emma joined our team as a medical receptionist in 2018, and in 2022, took on the role of Office Coordinator. Emma has over 12 years’ of customer service experience and enjoys the challenges that each day brings. She is proud of the relationships that she has with the team, and the support she is able to provide each day.

Cin Smith
Cin Smith
OFFICE COORDINATOR

Cin joined our team in 2013 as a Medical Receptionist and in late 2023 took on the role of Office Coordinator. Cin has over 12 years of experience working in customer service and is proud of the positive influences she has on the team. Outside of work Cin enjoys going on adventures with her friends, going to the beach and spending time with her family.

Chantelle Butler
Chantelle Butler
OFFICE COORDINATOR

Chantelle joined our team as a medical receptionist in 2017. She has completed a Certificate 4 in Business Administration, and has over 10 years of experience in customer service. In 2022, Chantelle took on the role of Office Coordinator to support reception staff and doctors on a daily basis. Chantelle prides herself on supporting her team with the day to day running of the practice.

Dr Katherine Fuller
Dr Katherine Fuller
PAEDIATRICIAN

Dr Katherine Fuller has recently joined Newstead Medical, and will be working Mondays.

Justin Ockerby
Justin Ockerby
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

Justin is a locally raised and University of Tasmania-trained Exercise Physiologist who has joined the team full-time as part of NewWorkHealth.

He is passionate about the benefits of exercise of any level in health, across a full spectrum of conditions, with particular interests in injury rehabilitation and cardiovascular conditions.

Outside of work he enjoys hockey and cricket, travel, and reading.