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Best Doctors In Canberra

Emily Morris 11 November 2017 144

Canberra’s Best Doctors

Finding a doctor you can trust is important. Whether you need them only for emergencies or for an ongoing medical situation, you still only want to see the best. Peace of mind is invaluable in medical consultations, which is why we have uncovered Canberra’s best doctors according to user testimonies.

What makes a good and reliable doctor?

A good doctor should be:

  • Calm and clear while dealing with patients
  • Able to listen to you and take information without pre-judging
  • Well-versed in a wide range of medical complaints and procedures
  • Caring and kind
  • Good at explaining symptoms, tests, and treatments
  • Happy to work through different tests and treatments until you find what works for you
  • Reliable and consistent so you know you can always book in with them at the same place

Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema Place Surgery

Past patients have said that “all of the GPs there are terrific”, but that Dr Donaghy in particular is “tops”. This surgery comes highly recommended from those who have visited it previously.

The Garema Place Surgery has been around since 2000. Dr Donaghy herself has been in General Practice since 1990. She graduated from Sydney University and is now the Principal at the surgery. She works Mondays to Fridays and is not available for consultations on the weekends.

Dr Philip Toua at Watson Medical Centre

Dr Toua is one of the best doctors at the Watson Medical Centre and has been recommended by name. Patients say that he “couldn’t have been more caring or attentive” when they have dealt with him in the past.

If you have previously visited Dr Toua at the Giralang Medical Centre, you should know that this practice has closed down and merged with the Watson Medical Centre. This may cause some confusion for previous patients, particularly if you have not received any notification from the medical staff.

If Dr Toua is not available when you book, Dr Janine Kelly also works at the same practice and also comes recommended. They are both fantastic at dealing with children, pregnancies, and any post-natal issues you may have.

Dr Gan, Dr Sandy Vitikos, and Dr Southi at Palmerston Medical Centre

This place is a joy to visit, according to previous patients, who say that even “the receptionists are friendly”. Dr Southi is “phenomenal with kids”. “He’s patient, he’s attentive, and he’s not at all afraid to admit that his previous suspicions were wrong and that we need to try something else”. He seems to be a winner all round with reviewers.

Dr Vitikos is “super friendly”, while Dr Gan has “a lot of certificates on his wall” due to a prolific and successful medical career through his life so far. Patients note that it costs a full $70 fee here, but Medicare rebates will be processed in-house to reduce the fee by around $34.

West Belconnen Co-op

If you have a medical emergency rather than an ongoing situation, you may not be worried about being able to see the same doctor over the long-term. In this case, the West Belconnen Co-op might be a good choice.

Past patients recommend this surgery because it has “amazing doctors”. User experience tells us that “they usually come over from England for 12 months” at a time, though they are generally very well-trained and cheap to visit.

All of the information that you see here is only possible through user reviews. If you have had a great experience with someone who you think may rank amongst Canberra’s best doctors, make sure to leave a comment below. We may update this page to include your recommendations and reviews soon!


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Porcupinetree 4:35 pm 12 Jan 17

We are very happy with Dr Kathleen Calder, our family GP who we have been seeing for several years. She recently move to the Lonsdale Street Medical Practice in Braddon –

I find Dr Calder is thorough and is never in a hurry to get you out the door. She has a genuine interest and and commitment to her patients which is comforting.

As she works with other like-minded Doctors as we can always see someone else at short notice for urgent attention. Thoroughly recommended.

Jurls 9:41 pm 15 Nov 16

I really like the Co-Op, but you do have to find a Doctor you like. We’ve been known to follow Doctors around to different clinic locations. We particularly like the new Higgins clinic and the 2 Doctors that are there.

JC 12:12 pm 15 Nov 16

Dr Laeq at Florey is pretty good. Been seeing her for a number of years now. Non bulk billing.

melsie 7:15 am 15 Nov 16

Dr Antoinette takes new patients and works between Bruce and Casey at Ochre Health. I see her for an ongoing issue and she’s very good.

Ochre health are (like most places in Canberra) a private practice so $80 a visit and then you get the rebate. The pharmacy at Bruce are also very good.

MonarchRepublic 10:55 am 02 Nov 16

100% recommend Dr Phil Aubin at Orthopaedics ACT. My mother recently got a hip replacement, and was very happy with Dr Phil.

SidneyReilly 2:17 pm 03 Jan 16

Jill Browne at the GP superclinic at Queanbeyan is very good even for us elderly males.

ungruntled 12:43 am 02 Jan 16

Jo Crookes at Phillip medical & Dental is just brilliant, but good luck getting in to see her.
I followed her to this centre because she was terrific & had seen me through some pretty rough times. But this medical centre is the pits. It’s “cattle class” all the way – no appointments till just recently, so I have waited 4-5 hours to get to see her. Now that one can make appointments, it’s only a couple of days ahead, and no matter what your circumstances, appointments do not get bulk billled – those who can pay, those who can’t wait . . and wait . . .and wait . .
A direction in which I for one, do not appreciate Australian medical services going.
But that’s the company, not the doctor. She’s great and doing the best possible under the circumstances.

bronal 11:17 am 12 Dec 15

Dr Ruchi Jyoti at the Yarralumla Surgery.

Holden Caulfield 10:47 am 12 Dec 15

Garema Place Surgery.

abcde12345 1:20 pm 12 Jun 15

Argonaut said :

I can highly recommend Doctor Melissa Bessell at the ANU Health Service. They take patients from off-campus, so you don’t have to be a student or staff member. http://health.anu.edu.au/

If money is no object, you could try Doctor Jacquie Lowe at Ainslie Family Practice. She always runs late, but that’s because she does take the time to explain things to patients.

Best of luck!

No, this is wrong. ANU health does not accept outsiders.

abcde12345 1:18 pm 12 Jun 15

Argonaut said :

at the ANU Health Service. They take patients from off-campus, so you don’t have to be a student or staff member. http://health.anu.edu.au//quote%5D

This is wrong. You need to be affiliated in some way with ANU. They won’t accept outsiders.

Argonaut 4:10 pm 05 Mar 15

I can highly recommend Doctor Melissa Bessell at the ANU Health Service. They take patients from off-campus, so you don’t have to be a student or staff member. http://health.anu.edu.au/

If money is no object, you could try Doctor Jacquie Lowe at Ainslie Family Practice. She always runs late, but that’s because she does take the time to explain things to patients.

Best of luck!

Wendeborg 4:07 pm 05 Mar 15

If Civic is handy to you, I would recommend Dr Suzanne Begbie at Garema Place Surgery. She has been extremely helpful with my own illness.

Pumba 3:35 pm 05 Mar 15

I’ve seen a number of GP’s at Waramanga medical centre who I have liked. Only one there who I just found too weird and patronising (a male).

Jurls 10:31 pm 27 Feb 15

Give Contact Canberra http://www.contactcanberra.org.au/ a call. They should be able to tell you what support groups are around. Or SHOUT http://www.shout.org.au/ might be able to suggest some as well.

Magpie 3:00 pm 26 Feb 15

Fisher Family Practice is very good. Plenty of doctors there, and not too difficult to get appointments most of the time. I’ve been really happy with the clinical advice and chronic disease management strategies from the four or so doctors I’ve seen there.

Bajar 11:43 am 26 Feb 15

Your GP@Lyneham are absolutely fantastic. Every GP I’ve seen there is fantastic and really take time out to talk to you about treatments and they also let you know of updates to medication and support services.

frg1978 11:33 am 26 Feb 15

Re a GP recommendation, what part of Canberra were you looking in ACTgirl35? and did you need a bulk billing practice or happy to pay? As for support groups – contact Carers ACT, they should be able to help you. ACT Health also runs regular courses for those living with a long term condition where you may meet people in a similar situation to you. http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/community-based-health-services/chronic-illness/

Ecklim 8:18 pm 24 Apr 13

Has any one else had any experience with Dr Janine Kelly at either Giralang or Watson medical centres or Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema?

JazzyJess 11:35 am 23 Apr 13

Dr Felicity Donaghy at Garema Place Surgery is tops. Actually all of the GPs there are terrific. Highly recommended: http://garemaplacesurgery.com.au/

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