Russell Street Medical Centre – Doctors
Dr Jane Lawrence MB BS
ABN 86 729 191 852
Graduated from University of NSW in 1983, Jane spent time in England working in Geriatrics and Psychiatry as well as General Medicine. She commenced in General Practice in 1990. She is interested in all aspects of family medicine especially Women’s Health, including antenatal care and contraception. She is trained in the insertion and removal of Implanon. Dr Lawrence also has an interest in Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Preventative Medicine. Jane provides a weekly visiting service to St Catherine’s Residential Aged Care facility and has an appointment as a visiting medical officer at Bathurst Private Hospital. Dr Lawrence is married to Dr Bruce McGarity, one of our local Consultant Physicians, and they have four daughters. Dr Jane Lawrence operates her own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Catherine Stewart B.MED FRACGP DRANZOG
ABN 69 494 040 352
Dr Catherine Stewart is an experienced GP with additional qualifications in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr Stewart has a particular interest in Women’s health, including antenatal care, menstrual disorders and contraception. She inserts implanon, mirena’s and copper IUCD’s. She enjoys Aged Care both at the practice and at local Nursing Homes – Illumba and St Catherine’s. Other areas of interest Paediatrics, Development Disorders, heart and lung diseases. Dr Stewart is involved in GP Registrar teaching and medical education. She lives in Bathurst with her family. Dr Catherine Stewart operates her own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Goka Avinash (Avi) MB BS
ABN 92 427 820 390
Dr Avinash graduated in India and then trained in the UK in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology/Critical Care and gained full registration with the General Medicine Council of the UK in 2000. He moved to Australia and worked in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Medicine in Sydney’s West Area Health. Dr Avinash then trained in Child & Adolescent Mental Health in Orange Base Hospital, NSW. His areas of interest include hypertension, heart disease, lung disease (including Asthma and Emphysema), Paediatrics and Skin Cancer surgery. Dr Avinash has completed his certificate in Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery through HealthCert International under the University of Queensland. Dr Goka Avinash operates his own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Monica Gaur MB BS, FRACGP, DCH
ABN 85 129 875 018
Dr Monica Gaur is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, FRACGP.
She graduated and trained as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India before moving to Australia in 2007.
She has worked extensively in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in various hospitals in Sydney including Westmead /Blacktown hospitals.
She has done Diploma of Child health from Children’ s hospital at Westmead. She has worked in Sexual Health Clinic at Westmead hospital.
She has interest in all aspects of General Practice with particular interest in Women’s health including Menopause, Sexual health, Adolescent health, Mental health, Preventive health.
She provides preconception counselling, Antenatal care, Contraception including Implanon insertion.
She is trained to be a HIV s100 Prescriber to prescribe HIV medications in community including PrEP/PEP and managing patients.
She can treat and manage Hepatitis C patients, in association with the local Liver clinic at hospital.
She has interest in Sexual health and Transgender health. She can perform minor skin cancer surgeries.
She has settled in Bathurst with her family since she moved in 2015 In addition to English, she can speak fluent Hindi. She is involved in GP registrar training as a CTV visitor /PEP assessment and is an examiner for RACGP exams.
She has recently started her work as a Clinical editor with Western NSW PHN.
Dr Monica Gaur operates her own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre
Dr Atma Rana BM, FRACGP, DCH
ABN 35 823 282 238
Dr Rana has special interests in Diabetes, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular disease, Dermatology, skin cancer and surgical procedural work.
He has completed a Diploma in Child health through Sydney Children’s hospital and University of Sydney. He has also completed Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery through HealthCert International. Dr Rana is also keen on Indigenous health, preventative medicine, sports and general medicine.
In addition to speaking English, Dr Rana also speaks Nepalese, Hindi or Urdu and some Mandarin Chinese. Dr Atmaram Rana operates his own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Sarah Koffmann MB BS, FACRRM, DRANZCOG Adv, DCH, B Sc (Med)
ABN 27 885 712 337
Sarah was born and lived in Bathurst until finishing high school and moving away to Sydney to study Medical Science followed by Medicine at The University of Sydney.
She completed her hospital training in Canberra and then moved into General Practice training in Queanbeyan NSW, followed by Katherine in the Northern Territory.
She is a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine with advanced skills training in Adult Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Sarah enjoys most aspects of medicine but has a particular interest in Women’s Health.
Sarah has returned to live and work in Bathurst with her husband and their four children.
Dr Sarah Koffmann has gained her Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine and operates her own medical services business at Russell Street medical Centre. Dr Sarah Koffmann operates her own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Marcus Hayward MB BS, FRACGP
ABN 14 479 067 389
Dr Marcus Hayward grew up in Sydney. He studied a Bachelor of Science focusing on genetics and immunology, then worked in research before returning to study medicine. He completed his initial medical training at Concord and Canterbury Hospitals, where he gained experience in various areas including Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Palliative Care. Marcus made the tree-change to Bathurst with his family in 2018. He has a broad range of clinical interests, with additional qualifications in Child Health and Skin Cancer Medicine. Dr Marcus Hayward operates his own medical services business at Russell St Medical Centre.
Dr Gagandeep Kaur MB BS
ABN 69 651 488 001
Dr Gagandeep Kaur has more than ten years of experience in Australia in all core specialities including emergency medicine, aged care, aboriginal health, general and vascular surgery, general medicine and mental health.
Additionally, Dr Kaur has done her Masters in Surgery from the University of Sydney and Postgraduate studies in Public Administration. She also holds a Certificate of Sclerotherapy with the Australian College of phlebology.
Dr Kaur is settled in Bathurst and other than English can speak Hindi and Punjabi.
Dr Gagandeep Kaur is currently undertaking the Practice Experience Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Binesh Gurung MB BS
ABN 22 661 692 990
Dr Binesh Gurung started his medical career in Australia as Resident Medical Officer at Gosford Hospital more than 3 years ago, gaining experience in all the core specialties of Medicine.
He moved to Bathurst last year for his GP training. Dr Binesh enjoys all aspects of General Practice and has a broad range of clinical interests. Dr Binesh is settled in Bathurst and speaks English fluently as well as Nepali.
Dr Binesh Gurung is currently undertaking the Practice Experience Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Gurung operates his own medical services business at Russell Street Medical Centre.
Dr Farah Ibraheem MBCHB
ABN 64 297 034 435
Dr Farah Ibraheem graduated from college of medicine/ Baghdad university in 2010. She worked in different medical and surgical departments as well as in O&G and paediatrics. She worked in primary health care before moving to Australia with her family. She started her GP training in rural NSW / Mid western region before moving to Bathurst earlier this year.
Dr Ibraheem has interest in managing chronic medical conditions, O&G and preventive medicine.
She lives in Bathurst with her two sons and her husband who works as a specialist physician in Bathurst hospital. Dr Ibraheem enjoys spending time with family, cooking and reading. In addition to English, she also speaks Arabic.
Dr Farah Ibraheem is currently undertaking the Practice Experience Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Ibraheem operates her own medical services business at Russell Street Medical Centre.
Dr Fatema Shabnam, MB BS, DCH
Dr Fatema Shabnam started her medical career in Australia in 2016 at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia as an RMO. Fatema has worked across emergency, acute medicine , surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology and mental health. She has clinical interests in women’s and children’s health having completed the Diploma in Child Health in 2019.
Fatema also has an interest in chronic disease management. As part of her training, she has completed placements in Orange and Blayney and has now settled in Bathurst with her family. In addition to speaking English, Fatema also speaks Bengali. Dr Shabnam is currently undertaking the Australian General Practice Training Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Tshenolo Masete, MB BS
Dr Tshenolo Masete is a GP registrar with The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), aiming to become a GP-Obstetrician. She was born and raised in the landlocked southern Africa country Botswana. Dr Tshenolo relocated to Australia to study Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Since then she has practised in hospitals in Botswana and various locations across Australia.
In the earlier years of her practice, she obtained broad experience in Emergency Medicine, General Medicine and Surgery. The latter years of her practice were focused on obstetrics and gynaecology. Dr Tshenolo has a special interest in women’s health, young babies, young families and breastfeeding. She looks forward to growing as a GP and building on her skills and interests including specialties like dermatology.
Dr Allyce Counsell, BMedSc, BSc(Hons), MD, SCHP
Dr Counsell is a GP registrar who graduated from The University of NSW in 2019 and completed her hospital internship and residency years in various Sydney hospitals including Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she worked across a number of medical and surgical specialties. She is interested in all aspects of general practice, but has special interests in preventive health, women’s health and paediatrics having completed the Sydney Child Health Program in 2021.
Dr Counsell is currently undertaking the Australian General Practice Training Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. As part of her training she has completed placements in the Blue Mountains before moving to experience Bathurst.
Dr Margarethe Sears Dr. Med
Dr Margarethe "Greta" Sears grew up in Austria. She studied Medicine at the Medical University in Vienna and relocated to Australia after completion of her degree. She completed her initial medical training at Logan Hospital, Queensland where she gained experience in various areas including Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Internal Medicine. She has a broad range of clinical interests, with additional qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in various hospitals in Sydney including St. George and Liverpool Hospital.
Outside of work, Dr Greta Sears enjoys spending time outdoors with her three children. Dr Sears is currently undertaking the Australian General Practice Training Program in order to gain the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Other than English Dr Sears can speak German.