Doctors

The doctor, or general practitioner, is usually the first person you would see if you are unwell or have a health problem.

The doctor can:

Doctors
  • provide an overall health check-up
  • diagnose and treat short-term illnesses like the flu or a fever
  • provide referrals to other professionals like skin specialists or the respiratory nurse
  • prescribe vaccines and immunisations (which may be administered by a clinic nurse).

Our doctors also have areas of special interest, including pain management, travel medicine, children’s health and managing long-term diseases like diabetes.

There are also female doctors who can provide advice on women’s health and perform pap smears.

There are four clinics in Gippsland that operate during business hours, in Warragul, Morwell, Traralgon and Churchill. The clinics operate from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays.

Book a Gippsland GP appointment

GP examines patient's ear

If you need to see a doctor after-hours, the Moe After-Hours Medical Service (MAHMS) is open seven days a week, including public holidays. It is a walk-in service, so no appointments are necessary.

And if you are in Melbourne, we operate a GP clinic for staff and students of La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus. The centre is located on Level 1, Health Sciences 1 Building and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, and on Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Book a La Trobe University GP appointment

Our Doctors

Dr. Kathy Brotchie

Dr. Kathy Brotchie
MBBS. FRACGP, FACRRM, FARGP, Grad Dip Rural GP (Aboriginal Health), DRANZCOG, Mast Clinical Education, CHIA.

Dr Kathy Brotchie is an experienced General Practitioner who has worked in the Gippsland Region since 2009.

Her medical qualifications include a M.B.B.S. from Monash University, FRACGP, DRANZCOG and Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice specialising in Aboriginal Health. Kathy also holds a Masters in Clinical Education from Flinders University.

Having been in Medicine for more than 30 years, Dr Kathy graduated in 1989, and has worked all over Eastern Australia, including North East Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. She has previously worked as a Flying Doctor out of Broken Hill, done house calls on a skidoo at Falls Creek and has taken the ferry to work on North Stradbroke Island.

Dr Kathy has special interests in mental health, aboriginal health and musculoskeletal medicine. Outside of clinic hours, she has an interest in medical education and health informatics.

Dr Hajira Niazi

Dr. Hajira Niazi
MBBS

Dr Hajira Niazi is a General Practitioner with a special interest in women and children’s health, antenatal care, contraception, chronic disease management and mental health.

Dr Hajira completed her MBBS and training in women’s health in Pakistan before moving to Australia.

In addition to her special interests, Dr Hajira is also skilled in conducting minor dermal procedures including excisional biopsies and the removal of small skin lesions.

Languages
English, Urdu/Hindi and Punjabi.

Dr Naaz Delhiwale

Dr. Naaz Delhiwale
MBBS.

Dr Naaz is a skilled General Practitioner who graduated from university in Maharashtra; a state in the western peninsular region of India. Prior to arriving in Australia, Dr Naaz worked in general practice in India and the Maldives.

With special interest in women’s health, chronic disease management and minor surgical procedures, Dr Naaz has plans to expand her skills to include skin cancer removal and cosmetic medicine in the near future.

Since arriving in Australia, Dr Naaz has worked in Hobart, Tasmania and also more locally, as a Medical Management Registrar at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon.

Dr Naaz’s work has also been published in the International Journal of Quality in Health Care.

Languages
English, Hindi and Marathi.

Dr Paul Odgers

Dr Paul Odgers
MBBS, Diploma of Children’s Health, Graduate Diploma in Computing, Graduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Dr Paul Odgers is an experienced General Practitioner who has worked across the Gippsland region for many years. He was originally inspired to become a doctor after visiting a GP clinic in Foster as a medical student.

Dr Odgers has worked in general practice, aged care and within the hospital system, and has a special interest in helping people develop skills to support their mental health.

He also has experience in emergency and surgical departments, rehabilitation and mental health wards, and Intensive Care Units (ICU).

Dr Gehan Samarasinghe

Dr Gehan Samarasinghe
MD and FRACGP. 

Dr Gehan is an experienced General Practitioner from Sri Lanka who has been practicing medicine for 26 years.

Dr Gehan completed a Fellow at the Royal Collage of General Practitioners and has been working in Australia for more than a decade. He has extensive experience in surgery and cardiology.

Languages
English, Sinhalese and Russian.

Find out the cost and eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible?

Anyone with a health concern can phone Latrobe Community Health Service to make an appointment to see a doctor.

In an emergency, you should dial 000 or go to a hospital emergency ward.

How much does this service cost?

You will be bulk-billed when you see a doctor at Latrobe Community Health Service if you have a valid Medicare Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card. At our GP Clinic in Warragul, only eligible clients will be bulk billed and you may have to pay a gap.

If you don’t have a valid Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card, you will be charged $17.90 for a brief consultation, $39.10 for a standard consultation or up to $111.50 for a consultation lasting more than 40 minutes.

In some cases, you may need to pay for medicines or immunisations. You will be written a prescription to take to the pharmacy.

If you cannot attend your appointment, please phone us up to two hours before your appointment time to reschedule or cancel. Otherwise, we charge a failure to attend fee of $27.50 to cover the cost of your missed appointment.