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!

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 


Dr Kate Bialy


I moved to Mackay in 2014 to begin my internship at Mackay Base Hospital and I've been here ever since. I mostly grew up in Brisbane but I much prefer the regional lifestyle and the weather in North Queensland and I can't imagine being anywhere else after studying at JCU Townsville and Darwin. I met and married my wonderful husband in Mackay and we've since bought a patch of dirt and (trees!) and we have been slowly transforming it into our home.
I have always loved people and empowering patients to take ownership of their own health. I find it such a privilege to journey with patients through various life stages and particularly enjoy women's health, paediatrics, skin cancer management, weight management and chronic disease management. I also enjoy educating the next generation of doctors and am enrolled to undertake further study in this area.
In my spare time I love getting outdoors; on the bike, climbing mountains, on a stand-up paddleboard, in the garden and Mackay provides ample opportunities! I also have a bit to do with my local church, they are like family and help Mackay feel like home

Areas of interest:
Skin cancer management
Weight management
Women's health
Chronic Illness


Dr Karen Woods

 Karen is an all-round GP with a Diploma in Child Health. Karen has an interest in education, Child and  Women's Health and complex chronic medical conditions.
Like a few us at Health on Central, Karen came to Mackay for a little while and never left 

Dr Kristiana Pederick


Thank you for the warm welcome to the Health on Central Team! I initially was sent to Mackay in Medical School in 2014, but I fell for Mackay's charm and have never left! I graduated from James Cook University in 2016 and spent my first two post graduate years working in many fields at the Mackay Base Hospital, including obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics, mental health, and general medicine & surgery.

I have a particular interest in Women's and Children's Health, however I love General Practice for the fact that I can see everyone in the family, from newborn babies to their great grandparents! I hope to one day be known as a true Jack-of-All-Trades, Cradle-to-Grave GP! My interests outside of medicine vary just as much as my interests within Medicine - I am a lover of music, playing the guitar (badly), singing (badly), hiking, the beaches of the Whitsundays, and a thousand other things I could ramble on about all da

Nursing Team

Natalie Tibbles RN

Natalie Tibbles RN

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....

Bianca Stevenson Nurse Assistant

Bianca Stevenson

Natalie Tibbles RN

Natalie Tibbles RN

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

Denise Du Plessis Administration

Janine MacDonald Administration

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 McDonald administration

Janine MacDonald Administration

Denise Du Plessis Administration

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 Duplessis

Denise Du Plessis Administration

Denise Du Plessis Administration

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.

The yellow wall

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.