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Our Team

Dr Michelle White 

Medical Director


Dr Michelle White completed Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery (MBBS) at James Cook University in Townsville in 2005. She grew up in rural and remote areas between Townsville, Charters Towers, NT and in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This led Michelle to choose a speciality in rural General Practice because she values investing the time to share a genuine connection with people and their families. She has worked in North Qld, Norfolk Island, Coffs Harbour and now Magnetic Island is home.

Michelle has a Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is an accredited General Practice training supervisor.

 Special interests:

  • Women’s Health, Menopause Hormonal Therapy
  • Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Surgery
  • Children’s Health
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Alcohol & Other Drugs Treatment
  • Mental Health – CBT therapy, Motivational Skills Training
  • Integrative Health – trained in Yin Yoga, Mindfulness & Nutrition
  • Medical Hypnosis 
  • Weight Management
  • She is passionate about Wellness

 Dr White enjoys co-creating a lifestyle script with you where you feel heard and inclusive in making decisions about your Health and Wellbeing. By identifying and treating the cause within Mind, Body, Your Environment and Interrelational World.

“It’s an honour to serve people in their communities with integrity and respect”

Associate Professor Dr Lawrie McArthur


Lawrie offers over three decades experience and expertise, as a rural based clinician, teacher, leader, manager, researcher, developer, and rural advocate. A Rural Generalist, his clinical background in obstetrics, anaesthetics, emergency and family medicine, ensues a holistic approach to each person.

Clinically he has been a partner in rural practice, and been fortunate to have worked in many communities, large regional hospitals and emergency departments, across rural practices in South Australia, Queensland, United Kingdom and remote low resource areas of Somalia and Nepal. 

His clinical interests are family medicine, shared antenatal care, children’s health, chronic disease management, sporting injuries and skin cancer management.

He has extensive experience in medical education across the continuum of undergraduate, prevocational medical and postgraduate GP training. He is an examiner for post graduate specialist colleges of ACRRM and RACGP, and teaches various emergency medicine courses. Working with James Cook University, his passion and enthusiasm in rural and global health, underpins a vision for high quality rural training, to build a sustainable workforce that meets the needs of the community.

Dr Michael Khong 

Dr Khong qualified as a general practitioner in England in 1994 and was a senior partner of a suburban practice in London till he and his family emigrated to Australia in 2003.  After spending 4 years in Alice Springs, he moved to Townsville and has worked in Fairfield Waters since 2008, after practicing a year in Ayr. 

His ambition is to provide high quality care which is patient centered.  He has a special interest in Skin Cancer Medicine, and having achieved qualification from the Skin Cancer College of Australasia at an advanced level, offers diagnosis and treatment in his clinic.  

Dr Mark Santini

Dr Mark Santini has been practicing in all areas of general practice since 1990.  He has extensive experience in aged and palliative care as well as emergency medicine.

 Mark lives on the island and has enjoyed participating in island activities and getting involved with the island’s community.

Dr Kerby Siemsen

Dr Siemsen grew up in Weethalle which is a small isolated community in rural NSW.

Dr Siemsen graduated medicine from the University of New England in 2018 and completed her internship and residency at the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

Before taking up medicine, Dr Siemsen worked as a roustabout and woolclasser all over NSW.

She has many special interests them being, mental health, which includes older peoples mental health, Dementia and perinatal mental health, women’s health and weight loss coaching.

She is a competitive horse rider and currently has 2 horses which she competes regularly. Her fur family doesn’t end there! She has 2 dogs and a cat as well. 

Dr Joel Bate

Dr Bate is a graduate of the University of New England in 2015, and is undertaking training as rural generalist GP. He grew up on a rural property in the Far North Coast, NSW and has a strong rural and remote focus.

He has completed additional training in critical care, having completed a Master of Medicine(Critical Care) for the University of Sydney and the Emergency Medicine Certificate form the Australasia College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Dr Bate has an interest in all areas of general practice, with particular emphasis on lifestyle modification and preventative medicine. Emergency medicine is also an ongoing interest.

He has settled in to the Townsville area and will primarily be based on Magnetic Island. He is looking forward to using his skills and experience to support the Magnetic Island community into the future.

Dr Jay Short

Dr Jay Short grew up on the sunshine coast and worked as a Remote Area Nurse across the top end of Australia before studying medicine. Since graduating as a Doctor from James Cook University, he worked in Mount Isa Hospital across a number of specialities.

Although he loved hospital-based medicine Dr Short felt his true calling as doctor was his passion for rural and preventive health.  Now a GP Registrar he has special interests in mental health, women’s health and sexual health. He holds a Master of Rural and Remote Advance Practise, Master of Public Health as well as a Master of Emergency Practise.

Dr Short was instrumental in setting up sexual health pathways across the North West Health Service. He currently sits on the committee for Rural Generalist Medical Training for Queensland Health.

Jay’s hobbies include restoring old motorbikes, kite surfing, diving, camping, fishing and hiking. Jay prides himself of being a is a down to earth guy who is passionate about providing great care to his patients and their families.

Dr Rafal Jedraszczyk

Dr Jedraszczyk was born in Poland and grew up in Canada where he completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics at Brock University in St. Catharines.  At university, he was part of a study which supported the hypothesis that life skills are able to be taught by social games in at risk youths. 

He participated in a Solidarity Experience Abroad program in Peru helping disadvantaged children in shanty towns.  The program assisted the villagers in building stairs, provided school supplies and assisting with excursions which allowed the children to experience grass and a playground for the first time. 

Rafal joined the Canadian Defence force serving 6 years in the infantry and 4 years in the medical stream as a Healthcare Administrator.  He then moved to Australia where he completed medical school at James Cook University.  

He is very passionate about patients living life to the fullest by being active and healthy.  Rafal is interested in emergency medicine, rural medicine and classic cars. 

Rafal is also able to communicate in Polish

Dr. Michael Clements


Practice Principal, RACGP Supervisor, Tropical Medical Training Medical Educator, Rural Generalist Training Advisor: Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway.

Dr. Clements gained his specialist qualifications in General Practice after training in various locations in Australia and across the world. Under the Royal Australian Air Force Graduate Medical Scheme, Dr Clements served in Australia, the Middle East and on exchange in the United Kingdom before deciding to settle into Townsville. During this time Dr Clements qualified as a Specialist Aviation Medical Officer with the RAAF and he continues in the RAAF Specialist Reserve.

After some time spent as the Director of Medical Services at Ingham Hospital Dr Clements then moved on to Townsville Hospital as the Medical Director for Health and Wellbeing Service Group. During this time Dr Clements finalised his management training and he has now returned to general practice and set up Fairfield Central Medical Practice with a vision to provide quality, evidence based team care using modern technology in a family medicine environment.

Dr Clements has a keen interest in mental health, chronic disease and palliative care, and his military service has meant he has a keen desire to support ex-service personnel and families of serving members. The rest of the team at the practice have been carefully selected and trained to provide patients with a positive and engaging experience. Satisfaction comes from helping patients navigate their health journey.

Practice Nursing Team

Ann Kent RN, Wilma Smit RN & Anna Guimmarra RN

Practice Reception Team

Tracey Lane, Tiffany Lane & Sandra Howorth

Practice Manager 

Lorraine Revell

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