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.
As well as being the Practice Principal of Health on Central, I am the President of RACGP. I have held representative roles as national Chair of GPSA, and RACGP Qld, My busiest job is being a mum and a taxi driver for 3 busy kids.
Note: Nicole is not taking new patients
"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 the other on Kangaroo Island at the opposite side of Australia. 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. There is also some videos of close calls on my pushbike as I ride to work and home.
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 bland 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.
In some of my spare time I do a blog with a medical slant at https://rain0021.wordpress.com/
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.
Kerry moved to Mackay with her husband Kev from Adelaide in 2018.
A GP who was 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, Men's Health and Adolescent Health.
Since she has been in Mackay, Kerry and Kev have explored more of our region than many of us!
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
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
I too am a story of an accidental tourist who never left. I initially was sent to Mackay in Medical School in 2015, but I fell for Mackay's charm and built my life here. 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 and general medicine & surgery, finally specializing as a General Practitioner in 2021 with the RACGP.
I have a particular interest in Women's Health (Obs & Gynae) and Children's Health, alongside preventative medicine, skin cancer medicine, lifestyle medicine, and chronic disease care. I also teach Medical Students weekly at James Cook University and thoroughly enjoy my teaching role. My interests outside of medicine vary just as much as my interests within Medicine, and I keep busy with one hobby after another.
A Mackay local since 2003. Dr Keenan completed his primary medical degree at James Cook University in North Queensland in 2017. Since then he has spent four postgraduate years working in a hospital setting in a variety of specialties, including Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Cardiology, Respiratory, Emergency, Cancer medicine and Palliative care. Although, don't let his commitment to the profession fool you. Dr Keenan also enjoys being on the golf course and playing tennis, with an artistic side too in drawing and playing guitar. His areas of special interest are: