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It’s probably safe to say there aren’t many people around that have the variety in their working week that Dr Michael Clements does.

Since 2015, Fairfield Central Medical Practice owner Michael Clements and his team in Idalia have been answering the calls of the community in need of a range of GP services. The traditional family medical practice offers services ranging from child health, immunisations, pregnancy and shared care, all the way to mental health, nursing home and palliative care. “Our practice has five consulting rooms but our work doesn’t stop there, we also run clinics out of two drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in town, along with supporting the great work the Queensland Injectors Health Network does in delivery of Hepatitis treatment to the community,” Michael explained. “Further afield, we run health services in the isolated regions of the Gulf where they are in desperate need of primary health care. As I have a pilot’s license, I am able to carry out much of the outreach work by flying my team out to the clinics in areas such as Normanton, Karumba and McKinlay.” Michael’s local history includes a few years as Director of Medical Services for Ingham Hospital and a role as one of Townsville Hospital’s Medical Directors. Prior to this, Michael had a 13-year-long career stretch in the RAAF, where he still serves as a medical officer in the Specialist Reserves. After an overseas deployment in the Middle East and exchange with the RAF in the UK, Michael’s international perspective is now helping contribute to Australia’s own defence community. “We have particular interest in treating Defence families and accept the National ADF Family Health Program card as payment for most of our GP services,” Michael said. “Family care is at the core of our practice and this largely includes our service of Defence families and veterans, which is so important in a garrison city like Townsville.”

Local GPs reaching out

Dr Michael Clements and his team at Fairfield Central Medical Practice have been answering the calls of the community in need of a range of GP services since 2015.



Amid all this, Michael praises the support and understanding of his wife Shannon and their four children who are well established in Townsville for the long haul. And while this flying doctor and his team are actively setting up new clinics around the region to meet the high demand from locals, Michael is also busy recruiting new specialist GPs, graduates and experienced ones, to join their remarkable team and help continue the amazing work they do all around the region.

Fairfield Medical Practice Fairfield Central Shopping Centre 2–30 Lakeside Drive, Idalia 4778 2211

Duo Magazine August 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community.