OUR DIRECTORS

Platinum Health Group Directors

Dr Nick Meyers

PHG Director - Chair Board of Directors -FRACGP, MBBS, G.Cert Sp.Med

Dr Nick Meyers graduated from UQ with a MBBS in 2002, having previously obtained a BSc from UNSW and MSc from U.Wollongong. Dr Meyers became a fellow of RACGP in 2006 after completing his GP Registrar training in Toowoomba at Wilsonton Medical Centre and the Middle Ridge Medical Centre.


Upon completion of this GP training, the opportunity presented itself for Dr Meyers to once again work with the doctors from Wilsonton Medical Centre at their new practice in Highfields, Village Medical Centre which opened in January 2006. Ten years on, Nick continues to practice at Village Medical Centre. He is an original director of Platinum Health Group and is currently the Chair of the Board.

 

Over the years Dr Meyers has contributed to the local community by volunteering as a Medical Officer for sporting events and has a special interest in sports medicine which led him to complete a Graduate Certificate of Sports Medicine from UQ in 2015.


Throughout his GP career, Nick has also participated in extra activities such as being a FRACGP examiner and supervising a local cardiac rehabilitation program. Over the years he has mentored the next generation of doctors completing their training across various levels, from medical students to residents and to GP Registrars through his role as a GPTQ Supervisor for those registrars placed at Village Medical Centre.

Dr Shirley Butler

PHG Director -FRACGP, MBBS, PhD

Dr Shirley Butler graduated from UQ in 1993 and is a fellow of the RACGP.

After completing her medical degree Shirley worked in both the Queensland Health Public System and in general practices around Queensland including placements in Taroom, Ipswich and Cooktown. During these placements she held positions such as Junior House Officer and Medical Superintendant.

 

In 2000 Dr Butler relocated to the Darling Downs area, accepting a position as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology PHO at the Toowoomba Base Hospital.
Having experienced different specialities within the public system, Dr Butler decided to re-enter General Practice in 2001, initially in Crows Nest before relocating to Toowoomba the following year.
In 2006 Shirley joined the newly opened Village Medical Centre in Highfields, where she continues to practice today and is one of the original directors of the Platinum Health Group.

 

Prior to her medical career Dr Butler was a qualified teacher, a vocation she still enjoys through her role as a GPTQ Registrar Supervisor and as mentor to medical students. Dr Butler’s exposure to both rural and city medicine has developed her interests in women’s and indigenous health and also, internal medicine. She enjoys the variety offered in General Practice.

Dr Cormac Carey

PHG Director -FRACGP, MB, BCh, BAO

Having practiced at Wilsonton Medical Centre for almost 30 years Dr Carey enjoys all the faces of general practice and in particular training younger doctors. He has special expertise in travel medicine and is a member of ISTM. He is a holder of the Certificate of Travel Health and a foundation member of the Travel Medicine Alliance.

 

In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and Senior Medical Officer for the FKG Tour of Toowoomba and a board member of Toowoomba Cycling Development Association.

Dr Michelle Dahl

PHG Director -FRACGP, MBBS

Completed her medical studies at UQ in 1989.  In 1997 she became a fellow of the R.A.C.G.P.  In 1999 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Rural GP, and became a Senior Lecturer of the UQ Rural Clinical School in 2004.  Michelle has been with the group since 1994 and has special interests in women’s health and paediatrics. 

 

Outside of work Michelle has her work cut out with 3 children, with two attending Concordia College, Toowoomba and one at Bond University.

Dr Richard Grundy

PHG Director -FRACGP, MBBS

Dr Richard Grundy completed his medical studies at University of Queensland in 1980, has worked in the UK and attained Psychiatry.  In 1991 he established his GP practice at Toowoomba, joining the Platinum Health Group in 1997. Richard has interests in Psychiatry and family medicine and is a long term Visiting Medical Officer at Baillie Henderson Hospital, Toowoomba.

Dr Robert Heffernan

PHG Director - FRACGP, FARGP, MBBS

Dr Heffernan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Queensland in 2008.  Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) at UQ.   In 2009 and 2010, Dr Heffernan trained at the Cairns, Toowoomba, Dalby, Miles and Tara Hospitals.  He has additional training in general medicine and emergency medicine. He joined Platinum in 2012.

 

Dr Heffernan’s special interests are chronic disease management, skin cancer, mental health & palliative care.

 

Dr Heffernan continues his academic affiliations at Griffith University recently authoring as well as running their Master of Rural Medicine.  As a Course Coordinator in the Masters of Rural Medicine and, through Queensland Rural Medical Education, he provides education to registrars seeking their RACGP fellowship.

 

Dr Heffernan also holds a Certificate in Sexual Health and Family Planning.  He is currently completing a Masters of Clinical Education

Dr Peter Hopson

PHG Director - FRACGP, MBBS

Graduated from Sydney University in 1983, commencing his medical career at Wollongong.  He completed training in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine while in NSW, before moving to Brisbane as a GP. 

Peter joined this group in 1990 and his special interests include: sports medicine; over-use injuries in children and adolescents; and aged care. 

He is married to Dr Julie Crozier.  Dr Hopson's  other interests include motorcycles, dogs, golf and most sports.  He has links to both Fairholme College and Toowoomba Grammar School, where his four children have been educated.

Dr Bertie Huskisson

PHG Director - FRACGP, MMBS

Dr Huskisson graduated from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1992.  He then worked at Port Shepstone and Tygerberg Hospitals in South Africa, prior to entering General Practice in 1994.  In 1998 Bertie was appointed Medical Superintendent at Goondiwindi Hospital, prior to moving back into General Practice at Goondiwindi. 

 

In 2000 he was appointed Medical Superintendent with practice rights at Cunnamulla and he moved to Toowoomba in 2005.  Bertie joined the PHG group in early 2008, and joined the Board in late 2008.  He has special interests in general medicine, paediatrics and skin surgery.  Outside of work he enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing and singing. 

Dr Roland Owen

PHG Director - FRACGP, MBBCh, GAICD

Dr Roland Owen graduated from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine in 1998 and completed his RACGP training in 2005.  After completing his studies in Wales he trained in Cardiff before moving on to work and train in the Midlands in England. Roland came to work in Australia and despite a year in Logan followed by Melbourne he fell in love with South East Queensland.

After returning to England and completing his GP training in the Bristol area, he and his soon-to-be wife immigrated permanently to Toowoomba. In 2006 Roland started working at Village Medical Centre where he continues to work today.

Dr Owen has been involved in GP registrar training over the past ten years and has enjoyed being involved with the training and personal growth of many outstanding young doctors.  Roland have been involved in healthcare politics and advocacy over the last eight years helping lead the development of primary care in our region having been first drawn to this area being one of the younger GPs and seeing a need to attract and retain more younger doctors to the Toowoomba region. Dr Owen has served on the board of GP Connections (our local former division of General Practice) for a five year period and was Chair for the final two years.

Roland helped lead GP Connections to successfully partner with the Darling Downs Hospital & Health service (DDHHS) to win the competitive bid to form the new PHN in our region. He was the inaugural Chair of the Darling Downs West Moreton PHN from 2015 to 2016. Roland is passionate about improving healthcare at a regional level as well as the individual level that he works on a day to day.

Clinically, he is interested in chronic disease management and see the unique relationship that GPs have with their patient as one of the most valuable tools in healthcare today. This deep understanding is often overlooked outside of Primary Care, yet is one of the most important factors in good healthcare.

He also have a special interest in skin cancer surgery and has been honing his skills working as a surgical assistant with a General Surgeon in Toowoomba for the last ten years. Roland enjoys the breadth and depth of care that he can provide to his patients as a GP, from birth to old age, whether maintaining good health or managing the delicate balance of multiple chronic diseases.

Dr Gary Porter

PHG Director - FRACGP, MBBS

Dr Porter graduated from the University of Queensland in 1980. He practiced at the Redcliffe Hospital for 4 years where extensive time was spent in a busy accident and emergency and also worked as a registrar in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Surgery and General Medicine.

 

He moved to a solo practice at Pittsworth for 13 years, looking after patients in the Pittsworth Hospital. All ambulance emergency attendances were brought to the hospital firstly prior to any transfer to Toowoomba.

In 1998 Dr Porter moved to the newly established Grand Central Medical Centre; in 2001 to Wilsonton Medical Centre which evolved into Platinum Health with the establishment of St Andrews Medical Centre in 2008.

Dr Porter enjoys the wide variety of medicine in general practice as well as the wide variety of people encountered in general practice. In later years he was involved supervision of registrars and medical students which offered another dimension to medical practice.

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Platinum Health Group Doctors are all leaders in their chosen fields and very highly qualified.  To help our Patients to understand the professional terminology, we have included the Qualifications Key below to recognise what the letters after our Doctor's name mean and the practicing certifications that they hold. 

 

FRACGP - Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

FARGP - Fellow of the Advanced Rural General Practice

MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

MB, BCh, BAO - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

GAICD - Graduate Australian Institute Company Directors

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