Phillip has been at Hazelbrook General Practice since it’s beginnings, and looks forward to continuing here for years to come.
He graduated from the University of Sydney, with MB,BS then went through the Family Medicine Program, including training in Paediatrics and obtaining the Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He obtained Fellowship of the RACGP in 1996.
Philip has been involved in training up and coming doctors in the practice, as are all of the partners. He enjoys all aspects of medicine encountered in general practice, and is delighted to be part of the diverse team at HGP.
His outside interests include cycling (on two wheels), bushwalking, tennis, and music.
Dr Linda McQueen
Linda graduated from medicine at the University of Sydney in 1982. She then studied her diploma of Obstetrics at St Margarets Hospital in 1986 and sat for her Fellowship of the FRACGP in 1996. She has been a keen GP trainer since the 1990’s and encourages medical students and registrars to look at general practice as a wonderful career . She has been in Hazelbrook for nearly 30 years. She and her husband have lived in the mountains for 35 years and have raised their family here .
Linda’s interests encompass the whole range of general practice from babies to the elderly . Linda is active in the Blue Mountains GP Network and sits on the board of GPSA (General Practice Supervisors Association ) . She is the chair of the NBMPHN Clinical Council and also sits on the board of the NBM LHD.
Her interests away from the practice are trying to get fit (a life-long battle! ) .
Dr Graham Chaffey
Graham graduated from the University of NSW (MBBS). He participated in the Family Medicine Programme, qualifying as Fellow of the RACGP in 1995. With 24 years of experience as a General Practitioner, he also holds a Masters in Psychological Medicine, a Diploma in Dermoscopy and is an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor with the Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand.
Graham runs our skin cancer clinic and has been involved in supervision and training of junior doctors and medical and nursing students for many years.
He offers a range of skin services:
– Skin Cancer Checks
– Monitoring of suspicious lesions when this is a safe alternative to immediate excision
– Skin Cancer Treatment including cryotherapy and topical treatment
– Biopsies of suspicious lesions
– Excisions including complex skin surgery (grafts and flaps) when needed
– General Dermatology
Graham promotes the principles of biopsy only when clinically indicated and optimal cosmetic outcome in his work.
Away from medicine, Graham has pursued tertiary studies in mathematics, biostatistics and epidemiology and keeps fit by cycling, preferably on one wheel (always using sun protection!).
Dr Samantha Critchley
Samantha obtained her MBBS (Honours) from University of Sydney in 1992 and worked for the next couple of years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She then completed her family medicine training in the Northern Territory working in aboriginal community health centres, mainstream general practice and Royal Darwin Hospital. She obtained Fellowship of the RACGP in 1998. Sam has special interests in aboriginal and women’s health. She has additional qualifications in Women’s Medicine including Diploma of Obstetrics (FRACOG), Certificate of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FPNSW), and training in IUD and Implanon insertion and removal.
She also works at the Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre and is the GP representative for the NBMPHN on its mental health advisory committee, and the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Health Coalition.
Outside of medicine, Sam has a wide variety of interests including gardening, bushwalking, ultimate frisbee, yoga and surfing. She also enjoys cooking and travelling, having spent most of her childhood living in Asia.
Dr Simone Heiler
Simone first started at Hazelbrook General Practice as a Basic Registrar and after such a positive experience elected to stay on long term once she had finished training. In 2015 she joined the practice as a partner. Simone studied postgraduate medicine at the University of Sydney and graduated in 2006.
She has a special interest in child and adolescent health. Simone has a collaborative approach to patient management, and enjoys strong working relationships with local specialists, psychologists and allied health workers. Simone has a Diploma in Child Health (Children’s Hospital Westmead 2008) and the Certificate in Women’s Health (FPNSW 2011). She is a registered supervisor with GP Synergy.
Outside of work Simone enjoys bushwalking, reading, spending time with her partner and 2 young children and menagerie of animals in the upper mountains!
Dr Louise McDonnell
MBBS FRACGP MAE
Louise has practiced as a GP in the Blue Mountains for over 21 years and has been a Partner at Hazelbrook General Practice since 1997. She has a Masters of Applied Epidemiology and has a strong interest in Public Health. She has worked part time as a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of General Practice at the Western Sydney University and was involved in research about community based cancer support services in the Blue Mountains. She has also run several evidence based journal clubs for local GPs in the Mountains.
Her interests are Chronic Disease Management, Diabetes and new models of care for general practice. Louise is also involved in teaching GP registrars at our practice and has been a GP supervisor for over 15 years.
Outside of work she enjoys bushwalking, yoga and pottery.
Dr Sarah Horniblow
Dr Sarah Horniblow graduated from the University of NSW with MBBS (Honours) and Bachelor of Medical Science (research area Neurophysiology). After her internship at St George Hospital, she spent several years working at Nepean Hospital, gaining experience in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics.
Sarah commenced general practice training through the Family Medicine Programme, gaining a Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1996. She is interested in the broad range of General Practice, but carries additional qualifications in Womens Medicine including Diploma of Obstetrics (FRACOG), Certificate of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FPNSW), and training in IUD and Implanon insertion and removal.
Sarah is also a member of the NSW Rural Doctors Network for whom she provides locum relief work in rural NSW, including VMO work in rural hospitals.
Outside medicine, Sarah prefers to be very active running, cycling, sailing and bushwalking – preferably with her three children who are all now faster and more adventurous than their parents!
Dr Michael Sanders
Dr Michael Sanders graduated M.B.,B.S. from the University of Sydney, and has been a partner at Hazelbrook General Practice since 1989. He is committed to the scientific and evidence based practice of medicine which offers increasingly precise and powerful tools to help people. Of course these tools need to be used with respect and care for each individual, and he has found it a privilege to get to know the people whom he has treated. When not at work he is excited by music and art, he is a keen reader, particularly of history, he is passionate about soccer, and is closely involved with the members of his extended blended family.
Dr Max Gorbach
Dr Max Gorbach gained his medical qualifications from Sydney University and Nepean/Westmead Hospitals, and has been working at Hazelbrook General Practice since 2009. He was a serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force until 2011 and was deployed regularly to overseas locations including Afghanistan and the Middle East. He is interested in all aspects of general and family/community medicine, attends two local aged care facilities and is committed to providing the best available community medical care possible. He is an avid supporter of evidence based guidelines and recommendations. When not working, he enjoys exploring the vast natural beauty of the Blue Mountains through bush walking, enjoying family based activities, and for some reason, has always been fascinated by volcanoes.
Dr Miriam Brooks
Mariam is a General Practitioner from the Blue Mountains. Miriam has worked for seven years in Aboriginal Health in Western Sydney and Canberra, also for seven years in Women’s and Adolescent Health in Katoomba and now works in a community General Practice in the Blue Mountains. Miriam trained as a GP in Lismore, Cooma, Canberra and Western Sydney. Miriam runs Evidence Based Journal Clubs for Western Sydney GPs.
Miriam’s interests are in patient-centred healthcare, trauma-sensitive care, mindfulness therapies, adolescent and women’s health.
Dr Jane Basden
Jane studied medicine in her late 30s, after completing an Arts degree and working for ten years in Germany and the north of England. She completed the Graduate Medical Program at Sydney Uni and trained at Nepean Hospital before entering General Practice training and obtaining her RACGP Fellowship. Jane has worked in Palliative Care in the UK, and has a keen interest in remote area Medicine. She works frequently in Central Australia and other rural medical placements.
Jane believes strongly in the role of doctors in fighting for social justice – because it benefits the health of the community, and because it is ethically right to do so.
She lives in the mountains, enjoys most things outdoor and active, and has two beloved adult sons.
Dr Helen Balkin
Commencing February 2020.
Helen graduated from post graduate medicine at Sydney University in 2004 following an undergraduate degree in Medical Science. She then completed a Masters in International Public Health and is currently completing a Masters in Womens Health at the University of NSW.
Helen has worked in a number of countries including Kenya, Indonesia, Guatemala and most recently Cambodia and has a passion for global health care. She loves all aspects of medicine but has a special interest in Women’s and Childrens Health and has completed a Diploma in Child Health and Certificate in Sexual Health and Family Planning. She is trained in IUD and Implanon insertion and removal.
Helen believes in the importance of excellent primary care and enjoys teaching and advocating for general practice as a career. She is a registered supervisor of GP registrars with GP Synergy as well as mentoring medical students from Western Sydney University. She sits on the committee of the Blue Mountains GP Network.
Helen is a Blue Mountains local who loves spending time with her family and their dogs. She is an avid gardener and enjoys travelling as well as curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.