Our Team

Our Team

GP Partners

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Cameron has been at Loxton practice since the end of 1996. He is married to Josie. They have 3 adult sons, who now live and work in Adelaide. Together, they chose Loxton due to its prettiness, and the friendliness of the doctors.

Cameron started working in rural medicine due to the variety of GP work, as well as the continuity of care that general practice offers, especially in a community such as Loxton. Apart from mainstream general practice, Cameron also specialises in anaesthetics, in both the Loxton Hospital and Berri Hospital. He is also involved in the training and supervision of GP Registrars, who will be the future of rural medicine.

Other significant medical interests include diabetes, sports medicine, skin cancers and older person health. Outside work he plays squash, does some swimming and jogging, reading, gardening, and art and craft.

Dr Cameron Robertson

MBBS, FRACGP
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Attracted to rural general practice by the variety of work and the opportunity to provide health care to the local community, Jo’s intention to stay about 10 years has morphed into living in Loxton for 20 odd years. She and her husband appreciated being able to raise their 2 children in a great country community.

Supported by great colleagues and welcoming friendly staff, the Loxton Health Centre is a rewarding place to work.

Born, bred and trained in South Australia, Jo graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1996 and completed her Fellowship in General Practice in 2003. Her interests include anaesthetics and medical education, supervising 3rd year Flinders Medical Students in the practice for more than 15 years.

Working part-time to ensure a healthy work-life balance, she feels part of the Loxton community playing bridge, singing in the choir, catching up with friends in book group, loves spending time in her garden and intends to stay for a while yet.

Dr Jo Rutzen

MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Cert Clinical Education
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Despite being raised in suburban Sydney, Peter has spent almost 30 years working as a doctor in rural locations in NSW and SA. As a child he visited numerous relatives dotted around the NSW countryside inspiring him to seek a professional life as a rural GP which he has never regretted. He believes that the community spirit and cohesion found in rural towns is unique and managing the health needs across all generations is an extraordinarily fulfilling role.

Peter moved to the Riverland from NSW in 2002 and has been a full-time partner since 2004. He has a passion for obstetrics and teaches courses in emergency obstetrics. He also has an interest in the use of ultrasound for both obstetrics and emergency medicine, and has done postgraduate training in ultrasound. Over the years he has been active in health policy formulation and medical politics, and a member of number of committees and boards.

Peter enjoys cycling, kayaking, snow skiing and playing squash, and he is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. He and his wife are keen travellers and look forward to the easing of Covid travel restrictions to continue their exploration of the world. They have 6 children ranging from 19 down to 8 years old.

Dr Peter Tait

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
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He fell in love with rural general practice while working as a medical officer at a district hospital in Southern Africa from 2000 to 2006. The wide variety of cases and presentations he encountered and the unique challenge that each person presented to his knowledge and skills were and still remains at the core of his passion for rural general practice.

He holds a masters degree in Family Medicine and Primary Care from the University of Stellenbosch South Africa. He is also a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

He moved to Loxton in 2006 and has special interest in minor general surgery, primary care skin cancer management, exercise stress testing, men’s health and aged care. He is also involved in training and mentoring medical students, interns and GP registrars.

His hobbies include travelling, playing table tennis, walking, playing tennis, listening to news and current affairs as well as reading novels especially legal thrillers. He is married to Chioma and they have 3 children.

Dr Godfrey Amaechi

MBBS, FRACGP, M.Fam.Med
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Lachlan grew up in Crystal Brook in the state’s mid north and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2014. He completed his General Practice fellowship through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in 2020 and also completed an additional year in anaesthetics at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in 2019.

Lachlan completed his final GP registrar in Loxton in 2018 and fell in love with Loxton and its friendly community. He is thrilled to have joined the practice as a partner in 2020, is building a house and plans to put down roots in the community.

Lachlan enjoys the broad range of rural general practice with interests in preventative health, men’s health, older person’s health and has a strong interest in teaching. He also is on the board for the Rural Doctor’s Workforce Association.

Lachlan has moved up to Loxton with his wife Cindy who both hope one day to get a border collie once their house and yard is complete. In his free time he loves to go for bike rides around the town with Cindy, play piano, learn the violin, jog, attend the weekly quiz nights at the Loxton Club, go bushwalking and travel.

Dr Lachlan Mackinnon

MBBS, FACRRM, Anaesthetics
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Kerrianne grew up on a farm in the mid north of South Australia. She graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2012, then spent 3 years training at Flinders Medical Centre. During that time, she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Diploma of Child Health. She has had training in the use of ultrasound in obstetrics. Kerrianne moved to the Riverland in 2016, spending 1 year in Waikerie before moving to Loxton in 2017.

Kerrianne’s areas of special interest include obstetrics, women’s health and paediatric medicine, as well as medical student teaching. She is married and has 2 children.

Dr Kerrianne Harvey

MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv.), DCH

Associates

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Sophie graduated from the University of South Australia in 2011 with a Bachelor of Health Science, in 2013 from Adelaide University with a First Class Honours thesis in sleep physiology, and finally in 2018 from the Australian National University with her Doctor of Medicine and Surgery.

During her medical studies, Sophie actively sought opportunities to live and learn in rural Australia – “Nothing made me feel like home like the country did.”

Sophie completed her Internship at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2019, followed by another year of hospital training in 2020 with placements at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and Darwin Hospital.

Sophie’s first year of General Practice specialty training was in Tumby Bay and she is thrilled to return to her hometown of Loxton to complete her study and exams. She is hoping to pursue additional advanced training in critical care medicine, or inpatient medicine/palliative care.

Passionate about the health of country South Australians, Sophie believes everyone deserves equal access to high-quality health care, and that living rurally should not be a barrier to this.”

Dr Sophie Hamilton

FRACGP; MChD; BSc (Hons)
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My role as a Nurse Practitioner includes a variety of challenges and rewards each day.

Working with an amazing team at the Loxton Health Centre in collaboration with general practitioners, medical registrar’s and student doctors to improve patient outcomes.

The most rewarding aspect for me as a Nurse Practitioner is the ability to provide a holistic approach.

I love every aspect of being a Nurse Practitioner and feel that I am finally working to my full potential as a nurse. Assessment, diagnosis, prescribing medications, referrals for imaging, blood tests and collaborating with specialists, education, counselling and support are just a few roles in a regular day.

Focusing on you as a whole person while treating specific health problems in the context of family, work and other commitments is my goal.

Sharlene Milich

Nurse Practitioner
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Peter grew up in the city, graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1984 and then worked and studied in the Adelaide teaching hospital system for 5 years with a focus on anaesthetics & psychiatry and in 1986 completed the Diploma of Obstetrics.

From 1988 – 1991 he worked for the Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea – most of the time as the only resident doctor on Karkar Island (population 32,000 people). Skills in surgery and obstetrics were honed during this time, (responsible for delivering over 1000 babies in 3 years!)

Peter completed the College of GP training when he returned to Australia and was a locum doctor for a few months around SA before settling into practice at Loxton, where he has continued to serve the community for 30 years.

He has no regrets and still very much enjoys being part of this special community and continues to enjoy rural medicine for its complexity and variety and loves the country lifestyle.

He is married and has 2 adult children.

Dr Peter Hamilton

MBBS, FACCRM, DRANZCOG
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Nick, a son of Greek migrants to Australia, was born in Melbourne and grew up in Canberra. He studied medicine in both Canberra and Sydney. He graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 1996 and worked for several years at The Canberra Hospital.

He commenced GP Training in 2001 at the NSW mid-coast and then continued in Canberra. He had a long break from medicine starting in 2004 due to illness.

Nick undertook Double Master studies in Public Health in 2012 and completed his Fellowship with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in the Northern Territory. He crossed the continent in 2021 to come to Berri to be with his partner, Helen, who he has now married.

Nick enjoys the challenging and rewarding nature of general practice. He loves the community of Loxton and the professional supportive staff of Loxton Health Centre and Loxton Hospital. His interests include mental health, Aboriginal health, philanthropy, and theology.

Dr Nick Georges

Registrar
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Elinor grew up in the countryside of Wales (although rural is quite different in the UK). She graduated from Cardiff University in 2017, and then worked in the NHS in a variety of different medical and surgical posts. She moved to Adelaide in 2020 and worked in the Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre, spending her days off exploring around the state.

She is interested in the hugely diverse range of patients encountered in General Practice and loves that working rurally provides a real variety with both procedures and emergency care, as well as preventative health and chronic disease management. Elinor is particularly looking forward to engaging with families and has a special interest in Paediatrics, having recently completed a Diploma in Child Health.

When not at work, she enjoys walking her two golden retriever puppies, crafts, reading, and planning future travel.

Dr Elinor Spacie

Registrar
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Al completed his medical studies in North East Scotland after growing up in country England, with a large focus on surgery, teaching, and gaining an insight into rural and remote medicine.

After moving to Australia in 2021, Al spent nearly two years in Emergency Medicine, both in tertiary centres in Adelaide, as well as the more local regional RGH in Berri.

Al is now a registrar of the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine, with a passion towards helping patients absolutely optimise their health and lifestyle, going beyond accepted thresholds, ensuring people live as long as they can in good health. Other areas that Al loves to work in include minor surgical procedures, and motivational interviewing within consultations, making sure patients leave with a good explanation of all medical interventions and diagnoses!

Outside of work you can find him in the gym, on the tennis courts, or planting fruit trees!

Dr Al Alwash

Registrar

Student Doctors in Training

  • Sarah Turner
  • Maddy Barclay

Visiting Specialists

  • Dr Andrew Markwick – Cardiologist
  • Dr Ken Fielke – Psychiatrist
  • Dr Richard Kwiatek – Rheumatologist
  • Audika – Audiologist

Allied Health

  • Sue Hoffmann

Support Team

Practice Manager: Jill Lange

Assistant Practice Manager: Janelle Hammerstein

Nurse Practice Manager: Leisa Victor

Nurses:
Sandy, Tracey, Jessica, Hollie, Alison, Di, Angela, Annette and Reshika.

Administration Staff:
Stella, Kerrin, Louise, Janni, Nicole, Tricia and Kelly.