Dr Dean Slawson
Dr Dean Slawson graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010. He completed his resident training on the Sunshine Coast including 2 years as a surgical registrar in General Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery. After 6 months of travel, he settled in Central Queensland in 2016 to complete General Practice training. He joined The Family Practice (Emu Park) in 2017 and obtained fellowship of the RACGP later that year. He enjoys all aspects of General Practice and has a particular interest in skin cancer medicine, men’s health, chronic disease management and preventive Health care.
Outside of work he enjoys travel, music, surfing and spending time with his family. He has tried to get into fishing since moving to the Capricorn Coast, even buying a boat, but seems to lack the necessary skills to do well. Any tips from patients are welcome.
Dr James Sprouster
Dr James Sprouster completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia and worked at hospitals in Perth and NSW. In 2015 he moved to Theodore where he worked for 2 years and achieved his Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Sprouster has been working in Central Queensland for a number of years now, including Yeppoon Family Practice. While this may not make him a ‘local’ by Central Queensland standards, he has made the decision to permanently relocate to the Capricorn Coast.
Dr Sprouster will be starting at The Family Practice (Emu Park) from 19 August 2019.
Dr Julie Burke
Dr Julie Burke graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985. She worked in metropolitan hospitals for 4 years, including a year as GP registrar in Paediatrics and Geriatric Medicine.
After working and traveling overseas (UK), Dr Burke settled in Central Queensland and commenced as a full time GP with Yeppoon Family Practice in 1994.
Dr Burke’s interest in Travel Medicine lead to the practice becoming a founding member of the Travel Medical Alliance in 2005. This is an essential service for Central Queensland as it allows patients access to up to date travel advice and kits for their travel plans.
Dr Burke also has a keen interest in women’s health and runs a special Women’s Health clinic at Yeppoon Family Practice.
Dr Michael Donohue
Dr Michael Donohue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 and has a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. He is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
Dr Donohue joined the Yeppoon Family Practice as a Practice Partner in 1986 and has provided care for the Capricorn Coast community for over 30 years.
Dr Donohue has held numerous medical appointments over his general practice career, including Lecturer for the University of Queensland – Rural Clinical school and is currently a Queensland Government Medical Officer.
He has shared his wealth of general practice knowledge and skills as an educator and supervisor for medical students and Registrars since 1986.
Whilst enjoying every aspect of general practice, Dr Donohue has a particular interest in men’s health, geriatrics, cardiovascular disease, as well as sports and musculo-skeletal medicine.
Dr Nicholas Wong
BSc, MBBS, AMC, MRCGP, FRACGP, FACRRM
Dr Nick Wong is a University of London graduate (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School 1988). After studying and training as a General Practitioner in the UK, he travelled to Queensland, Australia and was employed with Queensland Health. He served 4 years as a solo Medical Superintendent at Yeppoon Hospital before becoming a principle at the Yeppoon Family Practice in 1996.
Dr Wong is a father of four very musical and medical kids. He enjoys farming and music. He has a passion to bring on the next generation of medical practitioners and is dedicated to his work on the Capricorn coast.
Dr Beth Skilbeck
Dr Skilbeck is a part time Australian GP, sharing her time between Zilzie and Yeppoon practices.
Dr Skilbeck graduated from the University of Liverpool UK in 1992. Her General Practice training was gained in the UK with a Royal College Membership of General Practitioners. She has obtained Diplomas in child health, minor surgery, family planning and obstetrics with gynaecology.
Dr Skilbeck fell in love with Australia when she was working as a GP locum on the Gold Coast in 1998. She has spent 11 years working as a GP in Sarina, before moving to Yeppoon.
Dr Skilbeck sees herself a traditional family doctor with special interest in women’s health, IUD insertion, mental health and minor surgery. She is a GP registrar supervisor and contracted by James Cook University to assess the training of the local registrars.
Dr Debra Ibbotson
Dr Debbie Ibbotson graduated medicine from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1997 and obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2010.
She worked in her own private practice in Africa before making the decision to move to Australia with her family in 2008.
Dr Ibbotson has practiced medicine in Emu Park since 2008. She enjoys all facets of general practice with a special interest in women’s health and treatment of skin conditions.
Outside of work, Dr Ibbotson is a very busy wife and mother and enjoys outdoor activities, running and spending time with family.
Dr Rhowena Yabut Perumal
Dr Rhowena Yabut-Perumal graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Philippines with vast postgraduate experience in general medicine both in the Philippines and in Australia.
Dr Yabut-Perumal joined Yeppoon Family Practice in 2018 under the Rural Training Pathway of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has a Diploma in Child Health from The University of Sydney and enjoys all aspects of child health. She also has a particular interest in the care of complex chronic adult medical conditions.
Away from work, Dr Yabut-Perumal enjoys quality time with her family as a mother of two young children and surrounds herself with all facets of music.
Dr Neel Chitre
Dr Neel Chitre joined the practice in 2017. Dr Neel currently works in Yeppoon Family Practice and The Family Practice (Zilzie) under the GP Registrar Program.
Dr Neel enjoys all aspects of general practice, and has a special interest in Skin.
Having lived in Central Queensland for a number of years, Dr Neel is committed to providing quality care for the local community.