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Dr Nicole Higgins

An accidental tourist who never left. 

I have been  a GP in Mackay since 2003 when I came to do a  6 week stint as a locum. My husband Dean started playing AFL at North Mackay Saints and we stayed, and stayed and we are still here...... Mackay is a wonderful place to bring up our family.

I studied Medicine at Monash Uni, after growing up in country Victoria where my family still live. 

I love being a GP. I would like to think of myself as an ol' fashioned GP who practices traditional 'cradle to the grave' medicine.

I have representative roles as a faculty  member of RACGP Qld and I am Vice Chair  of GPSA but my busiest job is being a mum and a taxi driver for 3 busy kids. 

Nicole is not taking new patients


Dr Mark Raines

"Huh? Oh you mean Mark (I do prefer that rather than Dr Raines) . Well for starters I am a West Australian not a Queenslander, sorry. That just where my folks got off the boat sea sick from their "luxury" migration cruise from the UK.

I am married with two young children and of course they are beautiful. One born in Nhulunbuy and one on Kangaroo Island. Now don't let that worry you about my stability because my wife and I have a 10 year plan to stay in Mackay whilst the kids get educated.

What do I do? (well apart from being a doctor). If you check out my Facebook site you may see that I enjoy wandering around taking photos. I go bush walking, diving and apart from an incident on Dunk Island have never got lost. I also enjoy cooking unfortunately my creative spirit has been dampened by having two kids who profess vegetarianism. I do make a very tasty wallaby and blackcurrant stew.

I enjoy being a GP, particularly the variety of challenges that may walk through the door. I got my medical degree from Flinders University in 2000. I slaved through my internship and junior doctor years at Royal Darwin Hospital. Earlier in my life I had worked there as a pharmacist. I have previously worked in Emergency medicine, delivered babies and dabbled in surgery. Once I even had to drill a hole in someone's skull.


Dr Emma Sedlacek

Dr Emma has come home to Health on Central.

Emma was born in Mackay and studied Medicine at the University of Queensland. Emma has a special attachment to the Pioneer Valley and loves to  cook, garden and spend time in the outdoors. 

She keeps the rest of us on our toes through her up to date knowledge.

Emma  is a certified Lifestyle Medicine physician and has a special interest in women's and children's health.


Dr Rebecca Perks

Rebecca attended her primary and secondary schooling in Andergrove, so she knows our local community well.

Rebecca graduated from James Cook University Medical School in 2005 as part of the inaugural graduating class. Rebecca achieved her specialist General Practice fellowship in 2011. Since then, she has also obtained her Diploma in Child Health through Westmead Children’s Hospital in 2016.
Her interests in General Practice are broad and include Women’s and Children’s health, chronic disease management, skin cancer management and preventative medicine. She also enjoys surgical assisting at the Mackay Mater Hospital.

On weekends she enjoys exploring our beautiful region with her family and three children.


Dr Kerry Summerscales

Kerry has recently moved to Mackay with her husband Kev from Adelaide.  

A GP who is a Major in the ADF , Kerry comes with a wealth of experience. With her big laugh and warm personality you will love Kerry as much as we do.  Kerry is a true generalist of many skills with an interest in Skin,  Veteran's Health,  Mens Health and Adolescent Health.

Since she has been in Mackay, Kerry and Kev have explored more of our region than many of us!

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Dr June Kew

 I completed my medical training with the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and worked for 3 years in the Mackay Base Hospital, then a year in Proserpine as a GP registrar. I enjoy paediatrics and womens health.
I am originally from Malaysia — and am therefore always trying to think of ways to enjoy yummy food with minimal effort, minimal cost, and minimal effect on weight — which is more a challenge in Australia than Malaysia.

I love lazy quiet days, and gatherings with friends and lots of food :)
Sunny Queensland has been a kind home to me for the past 6 years, and I am grateful for the varied experiences along the way.  


June is our registrar so she will keep us all on our toes and make sure we stay up to date.

Dr Helen Hawkins

Helen is a long loved local GP in Mackay of over 30 years experience.

Helen joined Health on Central in September 2018.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge Helen is a welcome addition.

Helen has an interest in complex chronic health, Womens Health and skin work.

Helen is a keen bushwalker and in her spare time she  loves to sail with her family and friends.

Helen is not taking  new patients 



Nursing Team

Natalie Tibbles RN

Natalie Tibbles RN


Natalie is an experienced registered nurse who is passionate about delivering quality health care in her community. 

She has a special interest in chronic disease management, wound management and travel health. 

After a holiday to Mackay in 2003, Natalie with her husband Dave and their two girls loved it so much they moved here. They love their little piece of rural paradise in Mackay, which they share with Billie the dog, Mae the cat, Ollie and Dougie the pigs, the  cows and chickens... and yes, everyone has a name....

Bobbie Myers RN


Bobbie is an experienced midwife who shares her time with HoC and Mackay Base Hospital.
Bobbie is a wonderful resource for issues around pregnancy and delivery.  

Bobbie works in the practice on a Wednesday and Friday.

Like the rest of us Bobbie is a crazy busy mum whose third job is a taxi driver for her spoty kids.

Bianca Stevenson


Bianca is a local whom is in her final year of nursing at Central Queensland Uni.
Blessed with common sense and fabulous knowledge, Bianca has been a wonderful addition to our team.


Kelly Novosel Business Manager


Kelly is an Accountant and Business Development Manager. Kelly joined us in August 2017. 

As a crazy busy mum of 4 young boys Kelly brings calm and her wonderful organisational skills  to  Health on Central.

Janine MacDonald Administration


Everyone knows Janine.

Not only has she worked in health admin for many years but she has taught many local  kids to swim, served them at tuckshop or looked after their dental needs. It is a privilege to work with Janine. Kind and caring - Janine is the welcoming face when you walk through the door or the kind voice at the end of the phone.

Janine and Adam have 2 gorgeous boys - Dan and Jack whom are both at Uni.

Denise Du Plessis Administration


Denise brings cheer with her big smile and welcome. Not only does she bring her organisational skills to the front desk but she is in charge of our music selection for the day.
Denise has previously worked in the travel industry and in a gastroenterology practice.

Sophie Wilson


Sophie is a local who is studying nursing at JCU.  Sophie went to school locally and is a gentle, caring and familiar face to many.