Professional Team

Meet Our Friendly Staff at Marketown Health

Our doctors have a wide range of general practice skills, including emergency, antenatal, pallative care, and minor surgical procedures.  They work with a dedicated team of nursing and administrative staff to deliver the highest possible levels of patient care.

Marketown Health is also fortunate to have registrars completing their postgraduate specialist qualifications while working with us.  These GP doctors are fully qualified and work closely with our senior doctors.

Doctors Hours

Take some time to read about our individual team members:

Peter Hopkins


Peter began at the practice in 1991.

His special interests are Travel Medicine, Acupuncture, Medical Education and Medical Politics

  • Peter lectures on Travel Medicine, works at GP Access, visits Aged Care facilities and is Chair of the Board of Hunter Primary Care, the not-for-profit organisation which is responsible for GP Access, local HeadSpace and other psychology services.

Peter is a supervisor of GP registrars, medical students and international medical graduates, and a clinical teacher in post-graduate general practice for training provider GP Synergy.

His hobbies include tennis, basketball, golf and travel.


Philippa H

MBBS(Hons),DipRACOG, DipPaed, FRACGP, FACPsychMed

Philippa has been a general practitioner here at the practice since 1988. Her particular medical interests include all Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Skin Cancer and Aged Care.

Philippa is a supervisor of GP registrars, medical students and international medical graduates, and a clinical teacher in post-graduate general practice for training provider GP Synergy.

Philippa is also a surveyor for GPA general practice accreditation and a participant in GP Access; and is an interviewer for post-graduate general practice trainee selection for Australian General Practice Training.

Philippa is also a keen bushwalker and birdwatcher. Other hobbies include cycling and swimming.


Georgina F

BSc (Hons),  MBBS (Hons)

Georgina joined the team in November 2014 after being on maternity leave. She has completed training in family planning and sexual health, and also has an interest in diabetes, other metabolic diseases and preventative health. In 2015 she completed the FRACGP exams.  Prior to her medical career she completed an advanced science degree at the University of NSW, and subsequently spent several years at the Garvan Institute in Sydney involved in breast and prostate cancer research. She then returned to university to study medicine at Sydney University.

Outside of work she is busy looking after her 4 young children and loves to run, hike and practice yoga.


Robert Forsyth


Rob completed his Canadian training in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine in 2001.  While working in Canada, Rob was a clinical instructor with the University of BC Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He was also a physician examiner for the Medical Council of Canada.

Rob & his family moved back to Newcastle in 2012 and he joined the practice in 2014. Rob enjoys teaching medical students at the practice, and enjoys all aspects of family medicine with an interest in skin lesions, travel medicine and men’s health. Rob also performs cardiac stress tests with a local cardiologist and works for GP Access providing after hours care. When not at work, Rob will be in the surf or entertaining his kids.


Robert Hungerford

BMed, FRACGP (Medal)

After initially studying medical science at Sydney University he moved to Newcastle to complete his medical degree in 2008. Over the last 10 years he has spent time working in many of the hospitals around the hunter before finishing his GP specialty training in 2013.

He has extensive sports medicine experience working with national and international cricket teams such as Sri Lanka and the West Indies and continues to participate in hospital outpatient clinics such as GPACCESS.

Rob enjoys all areas of General practice, but has a particular interest in Cardiology, Diabetes, Paediatrics, Travel and Skin Medicine .

Rob is married and has 2 young children and enjoys running and spending time outdoors.  

Emma Mather

BMed(Hons) FRACGP and Diploma of Child Health. 

Emma joined the team in 2016 after being on maternity leave. She is interested in all aspects of General Practice, in particular mental health, Aboriginal Health, antenatal care, paediatrics and geriatrics.  

Emma was a volunteer counsellor and trainer with the Australian Breastfeeding Association for many years, and has also been involved in General Practice Registrar training. Emma is a member of the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute.

Emma grew up in Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going to the beach.


Alison 2018

BMed FRACGP, Diploma of Child Health, Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (in progress).

Alison started at Marketown Health as a Registrar at the beginning of 2017. She was so happy with the training and atmosphere at Marketown Health she decided to stay on after passing her fellowship exams and receiving her FRACGP in January 2018. Alison did her extended skills as a senior resident medical officer in the John Hunter Hospital Obstetrics and Gynaecology department and therefore has an interest in Women’s and children’s health, especially antenatal care.   

Alison is a member of the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute and regularly attends conferences including the Women and Children’s update day run by the Westmead Children’s hospital and the Royal Australian Women’s Hospital.

Alison was born in Melbourne but grew up in Sydney before settling in Newcastle in 2016. She graduated from Notre Dame University. Alison’s hobbies include wall ball, yoga, cycling and of course- going to the beach!

Jacinta W


Originally from South-East Queensland, Jacinta moved to New South Wales for medical school and graduated from the University of New England. She is interested in all aspects of general practice, with a particular emphasis on women's health and chronic diseases. In her free time she enjoys running, photography and reading.

Johann L

BMed, B.Sc (Hons)

Johann graduated from Newcastle University and enjoys the medical challenges of occupational health, paediatrics and mental health, with a few minor surgical procedures in between. If not at work or studying he can often be found above or below his house conducting renovations or on his children's trampoline.


BMed, FRACGP, Diploma of Child Health

Dr Zena grew up in Newcastle.  She graduated from medicine at the University of Newcastle.  After completing her internship in Newcastle, she moved to Perth to complete resident training in women’s health and paediatrics.  Dr Zena worked in paediatrics at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth for nearly 5 years.  This sparked her interest in general practice.  She then undertook her GP training on the Central Coast, completing in 2017.  Dr Zena is interested in all aspects of general practice with a special interest in paediatrics, women’s health and preventative medicine.  She has also completed family planning and sexual health courses.

Dr Zena is returning to Newcastle to be closer to her very large extended family.   But she still enjoys travelling around Australia and the world and does this when she can. 


Anne Davis

Anne heads our nursing team, is an authorised immuniser and has a special interest in advanced wound management.

Pam Matthews

Pam is an authorised immuniser with extensive experience in emergency nursing.


Rebecca Langford

Rebecca has extensive experience in surgical nursing, both public and private. Rebecca has also worked as anaesthetic nurse with skills in venipuncture.


Deborah Sullivan

Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator Deborah joined the practice in 2016, and is our advanced clinical specialist in all aspects of diabetes management. Deborah has been a Registered Nurse for almost 15 years, and has a diverse nursing background including hospital and community work in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Deborah is passionate about supporting every person with diabetes feel empowered and confident in how they manage their diabetes. When Deborah isn’t reading diabetes journals, she is found reading to her two young children, and dreaming of returning to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island, Africa.

Meet our Administration Team:

Manager, Business Services - Nikola

Administration Coordinator - Lisa

Commercial Coordinator - Jude


Patient Records Team: