Medical & Allied Health Services

Medical Staff   |   Ancillary /Allied Health  |  Nurses & Administration

Our highly qualified team work together, with our aim being you total health and wellbeing.

Medical Staff

DR JACK ASHWIN MBBS (QLD) Dip OBS (RACOG) FRACGP MBA graduated from the University of Queensland in 1981 and has been in general practice at Mermaid Beach since 1986. He was awarded a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1987 and Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GPs in 1988. Special interests are in asthma, pregnancy, weight loss and spinal manipulation.

DR GRAHAM EXELBY MBBS (UQ) ACNEM graduated from the University of Queensland in 1973, working in Southport with Dr George Bertsos. His primary areas of concern involve the use of advanced techniques to determine and manage cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk, plus the management of fibromyalgia syndrome, dysautonomia, migraine prevention and problems associated with food intolerance including atopic eczema, neonatal colic, reflux and IBS..

DR ROSS JACKSON MBBS (Syd) FRACGP graduated from Sydney University in 1973, then moved to Brisbane. He worked in Queensland country hospitals for two years before settling in his Coffs Harbour practice for 15 years. His areas of interest are sports medicine, skin disorders and antenatal care.

DR JUSTIN CUFFE MBBS FRACGP graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 and worked at Gold Coast Hospital and PAH in Brisbane. He worked in Gympie and in the northern suburbs of Brisbane before joining us. His interests include acupuncture, especially for muscle injuries and pain relief.

DR GEORGE BERTSOS MBBS (UQ)graduated MBBS 1972 from University of Queensland. Was Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar at Gold Coast Hospital and Mater Mothers in Brisbane before going into general practice in Southport in 1977. Moved to Pindara Medical Centre in 1984 then on to Sanctuary Cove in 1987. He amalgamated his practice with Riverside at Nerang in 1999. Moved to Mermaid Central in 2004 and loves it here because the staff are so wonderful.

DR LIL BENJAMIN MBBS (Sydney) FRACGP graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989. She was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1996. She is a certified Triple P practitioner (Level 3). Her area of special interest is women's health and paediatrics; she also skin cancer checks and recreational diving medical examinations. Lil joined the Mermaid Central Medical Clinic in 2005.

DR ALISON ROUGHAN MBBS FRACGP Dip OBS graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984. She was awarded a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1998, a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GPs in 1991 and a Certificate in Family Planning in 1995. She has worked in general practice on the Coast for over 10 years and her area of interest is women's health.

DR PAUL FISSER B.Pharm (RSA), MBBCh(RSA), MRCGP (UK), FRACGP, Diploma in Family Planning, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa with a degree in Pharmacy in 1987, and a degree in Medicine in 1996. He requalified in the UK, becoming a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), and later a Fellow of the Australian College of General Practitioners. His special interests are travel medicine, ante-natal care, minor surgery, skin disorders, care of the elderly and paediatrics. He also has extensive training in cosmetic enhancement, including wrinkle reduction and facial fillers. He conducts skin cancer clinics here on Thursdays, and his Diploma in Family Planning led him to being available for both Mirena and Implanon insertions. 

DR ANGELA SUAREZ FRACGP has been practising medicine for nearly 20 years firstly in Colombia, then New Zealand and now Australia. Her interests lie in preventative medicine, women's health, chronic disease management, skin cancer checks, general practice and family planning, where she is trained in implanon and Intrauterine device insertions.  Angela has extensive experience in cosmetic enhancements using anti-wrinkle treatments and facial fillers.  She is also fluent in Spanish.

DR FREYA PATON  FRACGP  has been practicing as a GP on the Gold Coast for 5 years and joined our team this year. She completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland and general practice qualifications through the Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium. Dr Paton has a particular interest in antenatal care and women's health and has undergone additional procedural training in this field. She also has an interest in travel vaccinations, dietary intolerances, and preventative health. Dr Paton completed a Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University with a focus on genetics, immunology and microbiology. She has a young son and is empathetic to all parents dealing with colic.