General Practitioners

Dr Gerard McLaren


Gerry McLaren has dual qualifications as a senior consultant in rehabilitation medicine and as a senior family physician. This means that he has maintained dual accreditation with the Royal Australian College of Physicians and with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for the last four decades. His clinical qualifications thus make him almost unique in Australasia.

Gerry has a solid reputation for integrity while aiming for clinical excellence with laughter and engagement. He brings a fresh approach to clinical problems, centred on active patient learning and cooperative family management. He is a family man and is part of an extended family network, which already includes eleven grandchildren.

His interactions with families thus have a very practical focus.

In his consultant rehab physician role, Gerry has been involved in managing some of the most complex clinical challenges in Australian society, often in remote or regional communities. For many decades he has worked with complicated diabetics, amputees and people w¬ith complex musculoskeletal disorders. He has a thorough knowledge of foot and leg biomechanics. Gerry has also had extensive involvement with people who have neurological problems, including traumatic and acquired brain injury or stroke survivors.

He has a keen interest in paediatrics and vaccination roll outs, dermatology and eye conditions, general, travel and exercise medicine and also in mental health and complex care management.

In 2012 Gerry was the first rehabilitation physician to live in Central Australia and attempt to work side by side with impoverished communities to improve outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged people in our nation.

Taking on clinical challenges has been a necessary part of his journey and Gerry has certainly put himself on the line.

At home Gerry is an adventure and landscape photographer with a focus on wilderness survival, alpine flora ecology and teaching young children. Perhaps this is a metaphor for surviving complex clinical challenges over time.

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Dr Georgina Olesnicky


Dr Olesnicky is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney.

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Dr Cameron Nik


Dr Nik completed his medical training in Iran and has worked as a medical practitioner in Australia for over a decade. After moving to Australia he has worked in rural and urban settings in Queensland.

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Dr An Dao

BSc (Med) MBBS (UNSW) FRACGP Family Planning NSW Certificate Dip. in Child Health (USyd)

Dr. Dao grew up in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2005. She worked at Westmead Hospital, Concord Repatriation General Hospital and in the regional areas of New South Wales before entering the GP training program in 2010. She received her Fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012 and has since completed a Diploma in Child Health through the University of Sydney. She has also obtained a Family Planning NSW Certificate through Ashfield Family Planning. Dr An Dao is accredited for Implanon insertion and removal. She has an interest in Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, Diabetes Mellitus, Mental Health as well as Women’s and Children’s Health. She speaks English fluently as well as some Vietnamese.

Her hobbies include travelling, photography, piano, tennis, but most of all, she loves to spend time with her young family including their American staffy!

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Dr Guyan Thambugula


Guyan graduated from the University of New South Wales and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

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Dr Joel Asence


Dr. Asence has been a practising doctor for almost 30 years which includes his overseas medical experience. In 1998, he started working at the Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon, Victoria. He then later worked as a GP in Victoria and then moved to the Central Coast in 2003. He opened and established Central Coast Family Medicine in 2005.

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