Our team of qualified and experienced doctors and nurses provide professional and innovative health and wellbeing services for our community of students and staff.
Dr Stefanie Bracknell
Dr Bracknell is a family general practitioner with additional skills and experience in tropical medicine and travel health.
She has worked in regional and remote areas of Australia, in the UK as a general practitioner, and in Africa in the international aid sector.
Her professional interests include family, child and women’s health, as well as travel health, both pre-departure prevention and post-return illness.
Dr Bracknell is also able to perform dive medicals for students or staff wishing to become recreational divers.
Dr Peter Burke
Dr Burke is a local graduate with thirty years experience in general practice. In this time he has done a bit of everything, including ten years of remote and rural medicine in the north-west of Western Australia. Dr Burke has special interests in travel medicine, occupational health, and men's sexual health.
In addition to Murdoch University, he works in general practice, has his own specialist travel medicine clinic, Ulysses Medical in Nedlands, and does sessions at the Keogh Institute for Men's Sexual Health at QEII.
Outside of work, he is a writer of historical fiction, with a previous novel shortlisted for the Vogel and WA Premier's awards, and a book about C.Y. O'Connor.
Dr Beverly Day
Dr Day has worked for many years in general practice in Western Australia, as well as spending time in family planning clinics in New South Wales. Dr Day is a long standing member of the team here at Murdoch, having been here since 2010.
Her professional interests include family planning, contraception inclusive of implanon insertion and removal, sexual health, women’s health, pap smears, obstetric/antenatal care to 20 weeks gestation, and mental health.
Dr Richard Gibson
After 25 years of practice in South Africa, including rural and regional and university teaching, the Gibson family emigrated to Perth in 2009. After a few false starts, Richard settled into general practice in the south western suburbs.
Richard’s ethos is firmly grounded in the biopsychosocial approach to Medicine, striving to understand the whole individual. Richard has focused his recent professional development on health needs of adolescents and young adults.
As well as working at Murdoch University, Richard works in general practice and at headspace in Armadale.
Away from work, you will find Richard outdoors, enjoying his garden and the Australian bush.
Dr Jane Whitaker
Dr Whitaker is a locally trained general practitioner with extensive experience in family and women’s health in particular, which she combines with her work at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women.
Her areas of interest include sexual and reproductive health, pre- and post-natal care, contraception, mental health, family, and general health.
Medical Service Team Leader
Lisa is a local graduate in nursing with over 20 years experience in the health sector locally and internationally. Lisa has enjoyed a varied career in regional and remote area nursing in Western Australian hospitals and nursing posts.
With a keen sense of adventure, Lisa has worked overseas in medical assistance roles, as a medical coordinator and a flight nurse for medical patient retrievals and evacuations.
In 2010 Lisa spent time in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with the global youth development charity Raleigh International, where she worked as lead medic and project manager on health and sustainability projects.
Lisa has a passion for public and international health, and is committed to helping people make positive life choices in order to reach their potential.
Sarah is a local graduate with 15 years nursing experience. Eight of those years were spent working and travelling around the Top End of Australia (WA, NT, and QLD), including four years in remote area nursing on the Tiwi Islands and Adelaide River, NT. During this time, Sarah also worked as a humanitarian aid nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She completed two missions for MSF; in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan and Tboung Khmum, Cambodia.
In 2018 Sarah returned to Perth with her daughter and took on the nurse team leader role at Murdoch University Health Service. After completion of her Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine through James Cook University, Townsville, she then went to work for Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control. Here she was involved in the public health response of 65 notifiable diseases across Perth metro, including the influenza and measles outbreaks of 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in 2020, and the syphilis outbreak in 2021.
Sarah has returned to Murdoch University Health Service in 2021 due to her love of direct patient care. She remains passionate about public health and project work and hopes to use this lens in support of the broader activities and innovations at Murdoch University Health Service.
Sarah is happiest when out in nature and believes a tent to be the most comfortable accommodation there is. She is an intrepid traveller and is looking forward to a time when she can adventure with her daughter.
Leith has worked as a registered nurse for 28 years. After completing her graduate year at Fremantle Hospital she moved to Kalgoorlie to work as an occupational health nurse during the mining boom.
She worked for approximately ten years in remote locations before joining the Department of Corrections as a prison nurse for six years.
Leith now feels at home working in general practice/clinic nursing. She met her lovely fiancé and they live together in their beautiful home with her other love, Holly the dog.
Sharon qualified as a Registered Nurse in the UK and has skills in a range of specialities including ICU/CCU, ENT, practice nursing and clinical facilitation for student nurses.
After emigrating to Perth with a young family in 2006, Sharon gained experience at Joondalup Health Campus in ICU and CCU. Following this she gained experience in primary health care in the community and then subsequently at Edith Cowan Medical Service. This led to a role with the school of nursing as a clinical skills and simulation facilitator.
Prior to emigrating Sharon also worked for British Airways as cabin crew staff and as a basic life support instructor for new entrants. Experience gained in simulation training would later prove valuable for her role within the school of nursing.
Sharon has an interest in both student learning and patient health education.
Zhelan moved to Perth in 2009 and completed her nursing degree here. She has worked in various clinical settings across WA since graduating in 2011, spending the majority of her time in general practice.
Zhelan is halfway through her Master of Public Health and is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing in university students.
She is particularly interested in enhancing both physical and mental wellbeing among international students, as she shares similar background and experience with them.
Sue Commenced working at the Medical Service in July 2019.
Sue has a broad and varied background in the medical field specialising in general practice and occupational health. Sue has enjoyed working in remote locations throughout Western Australia gaining valuable experience in diverse communities and service delivery.
When not at work, Sue enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.
Ashley commenced working as an administrative officer for Murdoch University Medical Service in May 2016. Ashley has a wealth of experience in medical administration, including practice management for a busy occupational medicine centre in the Perth metro area, as well as regional work in general practice in Broome.
Ashley’s exceptional customer service skills have been shaped by her experience of patient and client care within the mining, oil and gas industry.
In her spare time, Ashley can be found enjoying quality time with her young family, as well as outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and the beach.
Jackie Commenced working with the Murdoch University Medical Service in May 2020. As well as working in the Medical Service Jackie works in the Chiropractic student Clinic where she has been working for nearly 10 years.
Jackie enjoys working with students and providing the administration training to assist with the completion of their degrees.
Jackie completed a Business administration diploma in the UK and worked in administration for the NHS for two years before emigrating to Perth with her family in 2006. Jackie took a couple of years off to help settle her family. On returning to work she has worked in various medical clinics.
In her spare time, Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and travelling back to the UK and Northern Ireland to spend time with family and friends.
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