Royal Park Medical is owned and operated by GPs who have lived in this community for decades. We bring experience from working at some of the best practices in and around Melbourne.
Our mission is to provide the best possible quality of care to our patients and to recruit the very best health professionals to work with us. Royal Park Medical opened 4 years ago to provide comprehensive medical care to the community of North Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. We aim to provide quality, patient-centered service to our patients offering acute, chronic and preventative health care. We are a private billing practice.
All our GPs have worked in teaching practices, and between us we have many decades of experience as GP Supervisors and Medical Educators. Our Registrars come to us with wide experience as hospital doctors in various specialties, and are mentored as they gain the finishing touches of their training as specialist GPs.
Royal Park Medical also proudly teaches medical students from The University of Melbourne.
The clinical team
Our team consists of 10 GPs, 2 nurses and 7 staff. We focus on retaining the culture of showing the importance of teaching and supervision. We believe that a learning culture enhances the level of clinical care provided to patients. GP Registrars are an important asset to the practice, and our patients are very accepting of the role of the GP registrar under supervision. Registrars find that all of our doctors and staff contribute to the training experience.
Dr. Alistair Don – preventative medicine, chronic disease management, musculoskeletal medicine/sports injury management and men’s health. Performs minor procedures such as Implanon insertion and removal, skin excisions and joint injections.
Dr. Paul Grinzi – alcohol and other drug treatment, mental health, sports injuries, hepatitis c treatment and skin disorders. Paul is a Q fever vaccination provider and can offer PrEP to eligible patients.
Dr. Sarah Humphry – women’s and children’s healthcare, sexual health, mental health, travel medicine, chronic disease management. Accredited to provide Yellow Fever vaccination. Shared Maternity Care and Mirena insertions.
Dr. Graham Jacobs – paediatrics and has obtained his Diploma in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery. Chronis diseases especially in the areas of heart disease, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
Dr. Kate Robins-Browne – adolescent health, women’s and children’s health, sexual health and mental health.
Dr. Alastair Stark – chronic disease management, aged care and palliative care.
Dr. Bridget Steer – women’s health including IUD insertions. She has additional formal qualifications in palliative care.
Dr. Madhavi Thotadur – women’s health, child health and immunisations, including travel. Trained to provide PrEP to eligible patients.
Dr. Edward Vergara – chronic disease management, men’s health, sexual health including PrEP to eligible patients and is a Q fever vaccine provider. Performs minor procedures such as Implanon insertion and removal and skin excisions.
Dr. Magda Wojtasiak – women’s and children’s healthcare, sexual health, travel medicine and pregnancy management. Chronic disease management, particularly diabetes. She is accredited to provide Yellow Fever vaccinations and trained for Q fever vaccination and iron infusions.
GP Registrars are fully integrated into the day-to-day operation of the medical centre. Ample opportunity for adequate clinical exposure and case mix is provided, including special interest areas such as women’s health, drug and alcohol, travel health and youth health. We are also affiliated with local hospitals and businesses providing health care to their staff.
Each registrar is of course allocated to one of our supervisors for the duration of their term. Their primary supervisor is backed by a team of three secondary supervisors who are both experienced and even award winning. We always ensure the weekly protected teaching (tutorial) time, and tutorials can be planned to meet your needs and preferences. Tutorials are at least 1 hour per week for GPT3 and 4, 1.5 hours per week for GPT2, and 3 hours per week for GPT1 working training at full time. Corridor teaching is in addition to the minimum tutorial time, and supervision can also be provided for telehealth.
Medical students from the University of Melbourne are attached to Royal Park Medical. Opportunities exist for registrars to have useful clinical and educational involvement with students, and possibilities for shared tutorials and registrar-led teaching of students exists.
All our Registrars will also be involved in delivering workshops and health seminars to our community with Royal Park Medical involved in health education with organisations within the community. This is a valuable opportunity to experience primary healthcare in a different context and has fundamental aims of health promotion and education.
The impact of Covid-19 is likely to persist through 2021. We have worked hard to minimise the effect it will have on Registrar training. Our top priority through 2020 has been the safety of our doctors, staff and patients. We initially moved to predominantly telehealth, but have always retained the ability to see patients face to face – at the doctor’s invitation. We have adopted strict triage processes for those entering the building, and have adequate PPE, sanitiser, surface cleanser etc. Patients have since been able to access both telehealth and face to face consultations, tailored to what is clinically required.