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Dr Eliza Reid

Dr Karen Gartlan

Karen trained at the University of Tasmania, working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne after graduation. She completed her GP training in Tasmania and has worked at several practices in and around Hobart over the last 20 years.

Karen has been working part-time at Barrack Street Practice since 2003.

Dr Meg Creely

Meg graduated from Monash University in Victoria in 2011 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). She then went on to work for several years through Melbourne based hospitals prior to moving to Tasmania.


Since graduation she has gained extended skills in emergency medicine and a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG). Meg has a particular interest in emergency practice and women's health. She has made the move from hospital practice to Barrack Street in 2017 as part of general practice training.

Dr Susan Hampton

Sue graduated from Adelaide University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). She joined Barrack Street Practice in 1987 (then known as Dr Davenport and Associates) and after completing 18 months training in obstetrics, gained a diploma in this area. Sue then took over Dr Valerie Davenport’s obstetric practice, which allowed Dr Davenport to retire.

Sue has a great passion for general practice. She loves the variety and the diversity of challenges that appear in day-to-day general practice. Her particular interest has always been women’s and children’s health, and Barrack Street Practice provides her with the scope to do this, as well as diversifying into minor procedures such as skin checks, Implanon and IUCD insertions.

General practice remains a challenge that Sue really enjoys, especially caring for her patients in a family setting.

Dr Catherine Mayhead

Catherine graduated from the University of Tasmania in the fourth year of graduates. She did her intern year in her hometown of Launceston and then spent the next 5 years working across England, gaining experience in paediatrics, obstetrics, anaesthetics and finally a GP trainee year near Oxford.

After returning to Tasmania, she worked as a locum in several country towns before moving to Hobart again, gaining a RACGP fellowship and becoming involved in college affairs and the fledgling Hospice Care Association.

More recently, she has developed an interest in aged care, along with a continuing interest in the broad areas of general practice.

Dr Patricia Shephard

Patricia graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in 1981 and then went on to undertake a Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1984. She has since gained her Diploma of Health Management from Edith Cowan University, is a fellow of the RACGP and a member of the Australian Medical Association.

Patricia has a strong interest in the early detection and management of breast cancer, spending 10 years as Clinical Director of Breast Screen Tasmania. When not working at Barrack Street Practice, she undertakes work as a surgical assistant to neurosurgeon Mr Arvind Dubey.

Patricia is dedicated to providing ongoing and comprehensive health care for her patients. She particularly enjoys having long-lasting patient relationships and working in partnership with them to address their health care needs within the context of family and community.

Dr Elizabeth Sypkes

Elizabeth studied at the University of Tasmania between 1969 and 1974, gaining a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Elizabeth has an interest in mental health issues, and has attended many training courses with particular focus on areas such as anxiety, depression and stress management.

Elizabeth teaches strategies to live a healthier lifestyle by modifying negative thinking, improvements in diet, and exercise.

Dr Laura Wood

Laura has a strong interest in paediatrics, adolescent medicine and women's health, and enjoys the diversity of general practice.

Laura trained at the University of Melbourne with student placements and studies in rural Victoria as well as overseas. After graduating, she completed her internship in Melbourne and then moved to Hobart. For several years she worked as a medical resident at the Royal Hobart Hospital in paediatrics, emergency medicine, obstetrics, oncology and psychiatry.

Following this, Laura began GP training and has since done further study in children's health and family planning as well as becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).