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Our People

Dr Robert Edwards
Dr Julia Groves
Dr Piotr Konopka
Dr Benjamin Lincoln
Dr Adam Michael
Dr Anna-Louis Reyneke
Dr David Schapiro
Dr Christopher Thomas
Dr Joseph Tobias


Dr Robert Edwards

Dr Robert Edwards completed Medical School at the University of Queensland in 1999. Following graduation Dr Edwards spent a number of years working in regional and rural Queensland prior to undertaking specialist training in Anaesthesia in Brisbane. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2009. Dr Edwards has undergone training in all sub-specialties of anaesthesia with significant exposure in both paediatric and obstetric anaesthesia as well as training in acute pain management, intensive care and resuscitation/crisis management.

Dr Edwards maintains his expertise through continuing professional development involving simulation sessions, congresses, workshops and journal reading as well as peer review and clinical audit. He is regularly involved in local anaesthesia education and craft group activities and is an active advocate for the consistent improvement of the quality and safety of anaesthesia in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region.

Dr Edwards has General and Specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), is a registered Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and is a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

Dr Edwards currently provides anaesthesia and acute pain management at the Friendly Society Private Hospital and Mater Hospital Bundaberg for a broad range of surgery including Orthopaedic surgery, General and Bariatric surgery, Gynaecological surgery, ENT, Ophthalmic and Urological surgery on both adult and paediatric patients. Dr Edwards has extensive experience in Spine surgery and utilises regional analgesia techniques (nerve blocks) to improve post-operative analgesia for a wide range of surgical procedures.


Dr Julia Groves

Dr Julia Groves is a Specialist Anaesthetist providing private anaesthetic services to the Friendly Society Private Hospital and Bundaberg Mater Hospital. In 1995, she graduated as a medical doctor from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Early on, she developed a keen interest in anaesthesia and embarked on specialist training in all the sub-specialities of Anaesthesia. She was awarded the South African Fellowship in Anaesthesia (FCA) in 2001.

In 2008, Dr Groves and her young family moved to Australia and settled in the Bundaberg region. She then attained the Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA) in 2009. In addition to her private practice, Dr Groves also works as a part-time Senior Medical Officer in Anaesthesia at Bundaberg Hospital where she is a Supervisor of Training for the ANZCA registrars. She enjoys small group teaching and giving lectures and maintains an up-to-date continual professional development portfolio with the Anaesthetic College. She will enthusiastically engage in discussions on gourmet cooking, food & nutrition and modular origami.

Dr Groves aims to provide a professional, knowledgeable and calming anaesthetic experience for her patients.


Dr Piotr Konopka

Dr Piotr Konopka, MD, FANZCA, is the Director of Anaesthetic Department, Bundaberg Hospital.

Dr Konopka graduated from the Medical University in Warsaw, Poland in 1994 and completed specialist training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Poland. During the training and as a specialist he spent several years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He was awarded the Fellowship of Australian College of Anaesthetist in 2007 and eventually settled in Bundaberg in 2010. He is a generalist anaesthetist with a keen interest in the Intensive Care practising in both public and private practice.

His interests outside of work include any outdoor physical activities that allow him to break a bit of sweat.


Dr Benjamin Lincoln

Dr Benjamin Lincoln was born and raised in South East Queensland. His father was a rural general practitioner for many years in central Queensland. Dr Lincoln completed a science degree in genetics and his medical degree at the University of Queensland prior to commencing specialist training to become an anaesthetist. He has spent several years working at various hospitals from Cairns to the Gold Coast. His training has included all sub-specialties of anaesthesia (e.g. paediatric, cardiac, neuro-anaesthesia, pain management), and intensive care and resuscitation. Dr Lincoln moved to Bundaberg in 2013.

As a fellow of the college of anaesthesia he continues to stay abreast of new developments in anaesthesia and regularly attends educational meetings and conferences. He also enjoys being involved in the education of the future generation of doctors and nurses.

Dr Lincoln is a fellow of the Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA ).

Dr Lincoln currently works at the Friendly Society Private Hospital, Mater Hospital and Hervey Bay Surgical Hospital. He provides a broad range of anaesthesia at these hospitals, including but not limited to orthopaedic surgery including joint and spine surgery; paediatric surgery; dental surgery; ophthalmic surgery; and general surgery including bariatric surgery.


Dr Adam Michael

Dr Adam Michael graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 2007. From here, he worked in various hospitals across Australia, and in 2011 completed his anaesthetic training through the Joint Consultative Committee of Anaesthesia (JCCA). He went on to work in the Kimberley region of WA, before returning to Queensland in order to undergo specialist training in Emergency Medicine, which he completed in 2018. He now holds a Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM).

Dr Michael works at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, the Friendly Society Private Hospital in Bundaberg and also provides sedation in dental practices. As well as clinical work in Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine, he is involved in the training of the next generation of Doctors, both as the co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Bundaberg Hospital, and as a supervisor and examiner for JCCA anaesthetic trainees at Bundaberg Hospital.

As part of continuing professional development, Dr Michael both attends and presents lectures at conferences both in Australia and overseas, as well as running training courses to Emergency Medicine trainees across Australia. He is also responsible for research in the Emergency Department at Bundaberg Hospital.

Dr Michael enjoys working in a variety of roles, both in Anaesthesia and in Emergency Medicine where he is committed to excellent patient care. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing and kite surfing.


Dr Anna-Louis Reyneke

Dr Anna-Louise Reyneke is a Specialist Anaesthetist providing anaesthetic services at the Mater, FSPH and Bundaberg Hospital.

She graduated in South Africa as a Medical Doctor, 1984, (MBCHB), and as a Specialist Anaesthetist,1994 (MMed). She worked in different countries and settled in Bundaberg, Australia in 2010. She was awarded the Fellowship of Australian College of Anaesthetists in 2013.

She maintains her knowledge and skills by regularly attending Conferences and Workshops in Anaesthesia.



Dr David Schapiro

Dr David Schapiro graduated as a Medical Doctor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 1998. He then undertook specialist training and was awarded a Fellowship in Anaesthesia (FCA) in 2005. He moved to Bundaberg in 2008 and obtained his Australian Specialist Anaesthetic Qualifications (FANZCA) in 2009.

Dr Schapiro's training has included all sub-specialities of anaesthesia (including neonatal, paediatric, cardiac and neuro-surgery), intensive care, acute pain management and emergency/crisis management including resuscitation.

As part of his continual professional development Dr Schapiro attends workshops, simulation sessions, congresses, reads journals and maintains ongoing clinical audits to ensure that he is up to date with his clinical knowledge and practice of anaesthesia. Dr Schapiro is on the Medical Advisory Committee for the Mater Hospital Bundaberg and is the Supervisor of Training for Interns doing their Anaesthetic rotations at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg.

Dr Schapiro is registered as a Specialist Anaesthetist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Dr Schapiro works at the Mater and Friendly Society Hospitals doing anaesthesia for all types of surgery including Orthopaedic, Spinal, Opthalmic, General, ENT and Dental Surgery .


Dr Christopher Thomas

Dr Christopher Thomas was awarded his undergraduate medical degree from Edinburgh University in 1993. After internship in Scotland, Dr Thomas was commissioned to the rank of Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was deployed on active service in Croatia and Northern Ireland. On rejoining civilian life, he undertook his post graduate specialist anaesthetic training in the United Kingdom and Australia. Dr Thomas has achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthestists in the UK and, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthestists. Dr Thomas migrated to Australia with his young family in 2007 and was appointed as Director of Anaesthesia and Intensive care at Bundaberg Base Hospital. Since 2009 Dr Thomas has been engaged in full time private practice in the Wide Bay.

Dr Thomas's training has included all the main surgical specialities and sub specialties of anaesthetic practice, including paediatrics, obstetrics, intensive care, cardiac and neuro-anaesthesia.

He is an active member of medical governance committees in the private hospitals of the Wide Bay, and stays up to date by participating fully with the continuing professional development program of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthestists.


Dr Joseph Tobias

Dr Joseph Tobias, MBBS DA MD FRCA FANZCA is the Staff Specialist Anaesthetist as well as a Senior Lecturer at the Rural Clinical School of Medicine, University of Queensland.

Dr Tobias graduated from University of Madras and pursued his enthusiasm for Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine. He acquired Specialist recognition in India, UK and Australia through extensive training from tertiary care institutions.

Dr Tobias is a Staff Specialist with a special interest in Maxillofacial, ENT & Paediatric anaesthesia. He was a Specialist Anaesthetist in UK for 5 years, prior to his practice in Australia since 2009.

In order to provide a consistent high standard of Anaesthesia and Perioperative care, Dr Tobias participates in workshops & conferences regularly. He has a keen interest in teaching & training: has been a Supervisor of Trainee Anaesthetists & Instructor in simulation training for crisis management in Anaesthesia.

He has presented and received award for his scientific publication at National & International meetings. His other interests include cooking various cuisines and running marathon.

 

Wide Bay Anaesthesia Specialists     Main Practice

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