MEET OUR DOCTORS
Dr DAVID ORTH
I started working at GRMC in 1990, leading the original team.
Sex and Sexuality are fundamental aspects of what it is to be human, and it has been my privilege to assist people overcome the ignorance and fear that many feel within our society around these issues.
Today most of the problems in HIV care have been solved and my role is largely to assist patients to maintain their good health ( physical and psychological) in a proactive way. I do this as part of the team at GRMC and I know that we do this exceptionally well. It is of great satisfaction to me that patients with HIV infection now have a normal life expectancy.
I have significant experience and post graduate training in Sexual Health and Gay Men's Health. I was privileged to work for many years with the Brisbane Sexual Health Clinic. GRMC is part of the Kirby Institutes national network of HIV Research Sites.
I have had the opportunity to be Principal Investigator in many seminal HIV Therapy studies through this research Network. Most recently I have been involved in the roll out of PREP to the Gay community with the University of Queensland and the ongoing Australian HIV Observational Database with Kirby.
I pursue these special interests with the context of General Practice where I value long term therapeutic relationships with patients, aiming to promote good health with an emphasis on aiming for a healthy balance of diet and exercise as well as disease prevention and harm minimization.
My main interests are
- Sexual Health and HIV, Hep B, HPV Prevention
- Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV Research
- Section 100 HIV and Hep B accredited prescriber
- General Practice ,Mental Health, Skin cancer,Cancer Screening , Support and Mentoring of Medical Students.
- Gay Men's Health and Men's Health generally
- Health promotion and maintenance
Sessions everyday and rostered Saturday mornings
Gale graduated from the University of Queensland in 1978 with a Medical degree and an unfinished Arts degree.
After her hospital training, she worked for Community Indigenous Health organisations for 10 years.
She still cherishes the insights this provided into a culture she profoundly respects.
She values difference, and the enrichment that non-dominant cultures offer.
The appalling suicide rate of transgendered people galvanised her to research and offer services to this vulnerable and misunderstood minority, in both specialised practice for Queensland Health and in the general practice setting.
In 1991 she joined Gladstone Rd Medical Centre to pursue her interests in Sexual Health and
community empowerment. She continues to enjoy offering holistic care, engaging in partnerships with her patients to improve their well-being through all the stages of life and towards healthy aging. She offers developed skills in Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Transgender medicine.
Working Tuesday Thursday and every Saturday morning
Dr GALE BEARMAN
Ethan joined the Gladstone Road Medical centre in 2014 as a registrar training in General Practice. Having initially trained as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Queensland and then an IT network systems analyst from the Queensland University of Technology, Ethan has finally found his happy home in General Practice.
A medical graduate from the University of Queensland and having obtained his Fellowship in General Practice from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP), Ethan has also completed additional training in sexual health and HIV medicine and is an S100 prescriber in HIV medicine. He also spent a year as the Palliative Medicine Registrar at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.
Ethan is passionate about the holistic care of his patients. He enjoys all aspects of medicine especially in the areas of Preventative Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Paediatric Medicine, Men’s, Women’s and Sexual Health Medicine and the care of people from sexual and gender diverse communities. Ethan also has a strong interest in the holistic care of patients with life limiting illnesses.
Ethan also works as an academic at the University of Queensland where he teaches medical students in Advanced Life Support skills. He mentors medical students who come to the centre during their rotation in General Practice Medicine. He is also an examiner for medical students at UQ, both at the end of their 2nd year and then again at their final year of their studies. He has a strong interest in conducting research within the HIV and Sexual Health Medicine sphere, and has published papers in the area.
In his spare time, Ethan enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym and tries to train at least 5 times a week. He also enjoys swimming and running.
"I believe that I should lead by example and be able to do the things that I advise my patients to do to in order to keep fit and healthy and to prevent the advent of chronic diseases especially diabetes and heart disease. It is also great way for reducing stress after a hard day's work and to improve one's mental health".
Ethan continues to be passionate about animal welfare from his past life as a vet and has several pets including caring for Australian wildlife.
Working Monday to Friday and rostered Saturday mornings.
Dr ETHAN SALLEH
Dr. Matthew Barber graduated from the University of Western Sydney Medical School with first class honours and was also awarded the university medal. He is a fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has a keen interest in all areas of general practice.
In particular, Dr. Matt is experienced with men's health, sexual health (including PrEP) and all aspects of lesbian, gay and transgender health. He has undergone extra training to perform skin cancer checks and is also proficient with travel medicine.
Working Tuesday 8.00am till 7.00pm, All day Wednesday and Friday and rostered Saturday mornings