Our practice is now called SmartClinics Fairfield Waters

We have joined a modern Group of family medical centres called SmartClinics, designed to make your trips to the GP a more convenient and enjoyable experience. You can still see your regular Doctor at the clinic and we will continue to provide you and your family with a broad range of high quality health services such as health checks, travel vaccinations, child immunisations, women’s and men’s health, skin checks and drive medicals. To learn more about SmartClinics and the exciting changes underway, please click here or call our friendly reception team.

The practice team

  • Practice Manager – Jodie Pemmelaar
  • Practice Nurse – Joy Miller
  • Practice Nurse – Karen McGuire
  • Practice Nurse – Rhonda Batic
  • Receptionist – Shenade Searston
  • Receptionist – Karen Campbell
  • Receptionist – Lynette Lord
  • Receptionist – Karli Horan


Please phone (07) 4778 4581 for an appointment. Walk in patients with an urgent medical condition will be accommodated as required. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred time and GP. Emergencies will always be given priority and our reception staff will attempt to contact you if there are any unforeseen delays or your GP has been called away.
Longer consultation times are available, so please ask our receptionists if you require some extra time. Each person will require a separate appointment.
If you or a family member requires an interpreter service, we can arrange this for you. Please let us know when you make the appointment.

Home Visits

Home visits are available for regular patients of this practice whose condition prevents them from attending the surgery. Please discuss this with your doctor or our reception staff.

Telephone access

GPs in the practice may be contacted during normal opening hours. If the GP is with a patient, a message will be taken and the reception staff will advise you when it is likely that the GP will return your call. In an emergency your call will always be put through to a GP or the registered nurse on duty.

Fees and billing arrangements

Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, EFT/Credit. The GP's at the practice will direct bill to DVA for Veterans Affairs Gold Card clients. Our current consultation fees will be provided at the time of your appointment. A Medicare rebate is available on most consultations. If you have any difficulty in paying our fees, please discuss this with your doctor.

Your rights

If you have a problem we would like to hear about it. Please feel free to talk to your doctor or the receptionist. You may prefer to write to us or use our suggestion box. We take your concerns, suggestion and complaints seriously.

OHO – Office of the Health Ombudsman
PO Box 13281, George Street
Brisbane Qld 4003
Phone:   133646 (133 OHO)
Fax:  (07) 3319 6350
Email:  complaints@oho.qld.gov.au or info@oho.qld.gov.au
Website:  www.oho.qld.gov.au

Reminder system

Our practice is committed to preventative care. Your doctor will seek your permission to be included on our reminder system. We may issue you with a reminder notice from time to time offering your preventative health services appropriate to your care. If you do not wish to be part of this system please let your doctor or the receptionists know.

Referrals to other services

On occasion you may be referred to a specialist or allied health professional. The referral letter will be faxed to the relevant health care provider on the day. It is preferred that you make your own enquiries as to the costs associated with these visits. Should you have difficulties meeting these costs please let your GP know so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Management of your personal health information

Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain the security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorized members of the staff. We abide by the 10 National Privacy Principles available at www.privacy.gov.au/health/index/html

Obtaining results for any test or procedure

Your doctor will advise when they expect to receive results at the practice. You may call the practice to make a follow up appointment, if needed, to discuss your results with your GP.

Doctors (Area of Interest)

  • Dr Leah Pemberton
    Family planning, Contraception, Neonatal Care, Antenatal & lactation support, Acne, Mental health, Learning difficulties and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Dr Paul Patane
    Preventative medicine, Men's Health, Skin cancer screening and management and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Dr Kerry Patane
    Women's and children's health, antenatal and lactation support.
  • Dr Abid Vatani
    Women's and children's health, sexual health, contraception; IUD insertion and Skin Cancer screening and management.
  • Dr Kirsten Miles
    Women's and children's health, travel medicine and vaccinations.
  • Dr Glenda McDonald
    Women's health, travel medicine, PTSD, antenatal care and sports injuries.
  • Dr Rod Nan Tie
    Sports medicine, Men's health and preventative medicine.
  • Dr Michael Khong
    Skin cancer screening and management and Diabetes management.
  • Dr Claire Stewart
    Women's and children health, diseases of childhood, genetics, occupational health and travel medicine.
  • Dr Olaf Rusoke-Dierich (Locum)
    Dive medicals (recreational only), acupuncture and chronic disease management.

Contact details

Phone: (07) 4778 4581
Fax: (07) 4778 1815

2/15-23 Kokoda Street,
Idalia, Townsville, 4811

Practice hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 12pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Public Holidays: Closed

If you require medical attention outside these hours please contact Doctor to Your Door on
Ph: 1300 968 736

Care outside opening hours

Please phone Doctor to Your Door on 1300 968 736 Hours:
Mon to Fri: 6pm – 8am
Sat: from 12pm
Sundays and Public holidays: 24hrs
(Charges apply after midnight until 8am)
Calls will be taken 2hrs prior to opening times.

Smoking policy

This practice has a no smoking policy

Fairfield Waters Medical Centre is a fully accredited General Practice which opened on the 25/08/2008

GPA Accreditation Plus
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