Russell St Medical Centre and Busby Medical Practice – A NEW ERA

The owners of Busby Medical Practice and Russell Street Medical Centre would like to announce an exciting new alliance. Many will know that Dr John Sandra has stepped down as a practice owner of RSMC from July 1 this year. In his place, the remaining owners Dr Hal Rikard-Bell and Dr Colin Jamieson have welcomed the practice owners of Busby Medical Practice, Ms Louise McMahon, Dr Atma Rana and Dr Sarah Koffman.

The plan is to ensure a Bathurst owned and managed General Practice service, in which the owners and doctors live and work in the community they serve. The practice owners are committed to a continuation of “family practice” that has been the corner stone of these medical clinics for many generations. The two practices will continue as separate entities, maintaining their independent characteristics, clerical and nursing staff. The joining together will offer some synergies of management. This includes dealing with the many bureaucracies, including Medicare, GP Registrar training organisations and medical manpower issues necessary in running a general practice.

General practice in regional Australia faces challenges on many fronts. We remain convinced that privately owned General Practices, like ours, offer the best service to our patients, and combined with the flexibility and manpower to meet these challenges, we will continue to do so.

Most of the anticipated changes will be occurring behind the scenes with the hope it will be business as usual for our GP’s staff and patients. Any questions about the alliance can be directed to our respective Practice Managers.


The practice owners of Russell Street Medical Centre and Busby Medical Practice.