Our doctors

Bus-MedicalBusselton Medical Practice has been serving the people of Busselton and surrounding area for over 50 years. We are an independent practice of 10 Doctors and 1 Registrar, supported by professional Nursing staff and friendly caring Administration staff.  We aim to provide the highest standard of patient care whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness.

Most patients prefer to stay with one doctor within our group, however if your chosen doctor is not available you are welcome to consult any of the doctors on duty and return to your own doctor when they are available.  You may be assured of complete confidentiality while attending Busselton Medical Practice.

Dr Gary Tapper
MBBS Dip RACOG FRACGP
PARTNER

 

Dr Gary Tapper graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1984 and has been at Busselton Medical Practice since 1987. He has gained post graduate training in anaesthetics and obstetrics and was awarded Fellowship of the RACGP in 1993. He has a keen interest in sports medicine and is a member of Sports Medicine Australia. He is married and has three adult daughters. Away from work he and his wife Wendy enjoy an active sporting life, with an interest in water sports and triathlon.

Family medicine is a focus for Gary who has extensive experience across all ages and stages of life.

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Dr Michael Massey
MBBS Dip Obs FRACGP
PARTNER

 

Dr Michael Massey has been at Busselton Medical Practice since arriving with his young family in 1998. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1990 and completed his General Practice training in 1996. Along the way he also completed a Diploma in Obstetrics and trained extensively in anaesthetics.

He is interested in all aspects of Family Medicine with particular expertise in antenatal care, skin cancer surgery, aged care and paediatrics. Having travelled extensively he also has professional interest and experience in travel medicine. In addition to General Practice he also provides anaesthetics at Busselton Hospital for a range of surgeons. He is currently a board member of Cape Care, a not for profit aged care provider.

When not working at medicine he is busy driving his children about their seemingly endless sporting activities and social lives. In his spare time he can be found playing his guitar poorly and injuring himself with sporting pursuits. He continues to dream of swimming around the Busselton Jetty in under an hour and regaining his status as the Busselton Medical Practice swimming champion.

Dr Ken Barbour
MBBS (Hons), MRCGP (Dist), FRACGP, DRCOG, DAc.
PARTNER

 

Dr Ken Barbour graduated MBBS with Honours from the University of Western Australia in 1996. He spent five years in the hospitals of Perth gaining post graduate experience in a wide variety of medical specialties. He spent several of those years in different surgical disciplines, before moving to the United Kingdom and training in General Practice in the Lake District.

He returned to Australia in 2006 and became a Fellow of the RACGP and joined the Busselton Medical Practice. He enjoys the full variety of General Practice but has special interest in skin cancer detection and surgery.

Ken is married with 3 young children and in his spare time enjoys training for endurance obstacle races such as Tough Mudder. He readily admits the children are the toughest challenge!

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Dr Geoff Taylor
BMBCh MRCP(UK) DRACOG Ba Cantab

 

Dr Geoff Taylor trained in the United Kingdom and passed membership of the College of Physicians before coming to Australia in 1978, where he gained post graduate registrar experience in the Perth teaching hospitals.

He worked in rural general practice in the North West for 11 years before coming to Busselton. He is interested in Cardiology and Diving and Aviation Medicine.

He is an environmentalist and a keen photographer above and below the water.

Dr Danielle Clark
MBBS

 

Dr Danielle Clark graduated as a doctor from the University of Western Australia in 1992 and has worked at Busselton Medical Practice since 1998.

She enjoys general practice and the opportunities for meeting and helping people. Danielle believes in encouraging young doctors to work in rural areas, and teaches student doctors as part of the Rural Clinical School.

Danielle is married with 2 boys and tries to balance home and work life. She enjoys running, cycling and playing soccer, and swims when she has to.

Dr Ingrid Hanemaaijer
MBBS

 

Dr Ingrid Hanemaaijer has been at Busselton Medical Practice since 2004. She studied medicine at UWA graduating in 1996. Ingrid enjoys the variety of all aspects of general practice and particularly appreciates the unique opportunity of being a part of so many people's life journeys.

She works part-time in the hope that she may maintain a peaceful and happy household with her husband and 3 gorgeous girls.  You might also see her around town on her bike, singing in her acappella group or treading the boards at the local theatre.

Dr Mike Peterkin
MBBS R Dip Oen Dip Obs RACOG

 

Dr Michael Peterkin graduated in medicine from the University of Western Australia in 1973. After three years of residency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Kalgoorlie Hospital (where he was the first resident to work in this hospital), medicine was too much like hard work for Dr Peterkin.

His love for wine and winemaking could not be ignored any longer and, as if a degree in medicine wasn't enough, he attended Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide from 1976 to 1978 where he studied viticulture and winemaking.

When Dr Peterkin returned to Western Australia, he made wine for Dr Kevin Cullen and his wife Diana. After the 1980 vintage was completed he was persuaded to work in Dr Cullen's medical practice in Busselton which rekindled his interest in medicine.

In the years that followed, Dr Peterkin completed postgraduate degrees in obstetrics, gynaecology and postgraduate work in anaesthetics.  Dr Peterkin adds there are very few professions where you get to touch people's lives as intimately as you do in medicine and considers it a noble profession.

Dr Vinnie Pushpalingam
MBBS FRACGP

 

Dr Vinnie Pushpalingam graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1996 and has subsequently gained Fellowship of the RACGP. He initially worked in hospitals in Perth spending 4 years at Princess Margaret Hospital. He completed his anaesthetic training at Joondalup Hospital before moving to the Kimberley. He has worked extensively in the Kimberley region in emergency medicine. He joined Busselton Medical Practice in 2009. Dr Pushpa has an interest in all aspects of general practice.

He is married with 2 daughters.

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Dr Tamsin Coutts
BMBS MRCP(UK) DCH MRCGP FRACGP

 

Dr Tamsin Coutts graduated in 2000 from the University of Nottingham, UK.  After completion of house jobs she spent 18 months working in Australia - Perth and Townsville before returning to Scotland to continue training.  She initially harboured ambitions to be a Geriatrician so worked in Edinburgh gaining MRCP (UK), but once she realised she enjoyed looking after patients of all ages she changed over to General Practice.  She spent time training in Paediatrics, gaining a Diploma in Child Health (DCH), and continues to enjoy looking after children. 

She then spent 7 years working in General Practice in Central Scotland before moving to Australia with her young family.

Tamsin has a number of varied interests including those outlined above, Women’s Health, Family Planning and Sexual Health and is fully trained in the insertion of IUDs and Implanons.

Dr Jamie Coutts
MB ChB FRACGP MRCGP DRCOG

 

Dr Jamie Coutts joined Busselton Medical Practice in November 2014, having fallen in love with the area following a move from Scotland with his family in January 2014. He is an experienced GP, having been a partner in a GP practice in Scotland for 6 years. He has extensive clinical interests, including Cardiovascular Disease prevention, Asthma, mental illness and Paediatrics.

Outside of work Jamie is an active member of the South West Cycle Club. He also likes spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

Registrars
 

 

Busselton Medical Practice is committed to training qualified doctors in the specialty of general practice. As part of this commitment we provide supervised attachments of 6-12 months duration for registered medical practitioners training in the specialty of General Practice. In exchange for providing them with guidance and experience in General Practice we are in turn provided with enthusiastic doctors who bring new ideas and knowledge to our medical community. In fostering their development as General Practitioners we hope to someday have them return to work with us in a full time capacity.