Currently 11 doctors are employed at Loxton Health Centre and are rostered to consult 5 days a week, as well as participating in a rotating on-call system to consult patients who require emergency attention after hours at the Loxton Hospital Complex.
Our philosophy is to encourage good health through preventative medicine and active health promotion.
Dr Peter Hamilton
MBBS, FACCRM, DRANZCOG
Graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1984. He worked and studied in the Adelaide teaching hospital system for 5 years with a focus on anaesthetics and psychiatry. He completed the Diploma of Obstetrics in 1986. From 1988 to 1991 worked for the Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea, largely on the island of Karkar. This was a busy but highly rewarding assignment during which Peter learnt much, especially in the areas of surgery and obstetrics (being responsible for the delivery of over a thousand babies in 3 years).
Peter completed his College of GP training (at that time called “The Family Medicine Program”) and, after a number of locum jobs around the state, moved to Loxton “for a couple of years”.
Years later he has no regrets and still very much enjoys being part of this special community.
Peter is married to Bronnie and has 2 adult children.
Enjoys running, swimming, cycling, tennis, golf, camping, bushwalking etc!!
Special Medical Interests: Obstetrics, Psychiatry, minor surgery, family practice
Dr Andrew Searles
Andrew graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1987. After his graduation he worked in several Adelaide based public hospitals, doing extra training in Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Anaesthetics and completed 3 month General Practice placements at both Ingle Farm and Balaklava before moving to Loxton and joining the Practice in February 1993.
Recently he stopped his active involvement in Obstetrics and has reduced his consulting by one day a week, but continues to do regular Anaesthetics as well as Practice Administration.
His non-medical interests include travel, playing squash, golf ( badly ) and social tennis, as well as still playing the occasional game of B Grade Cricket for Wunkar.
He also enjoys watching cricket and football, especially his beloved Crows and Loxton North Panthers.
Andrew is married to Sally and they have three adult children.
Dr Cameron Robertson
Cameron has been at Loxton practice since the end of 1996, apart from a sea-change year in 2008 when he went to Port Macquarie.
He is married to Josie, who hails from Hahndorf countryside, and with her chose Loxton due to its prettiness, and the cohesive friendliness of the doctors.
Whilst in Loxton, Cameron continues to enjoy a healthy anaesthetic practice both in the Loxton Hospital, and the Berri Hospital. He has also maintained an enthusiasm to help in the training and supervision of GP Registrars for a long period of time now.
Other significant medical interests include diabetes, sports medicine, skin cancer screening and management and older person health.
Outside work he plays squash, does some swimming and other exercise, and potters about making more noise than anything else in his man-cave.
Their 3 boys are in varying stages of education.
Dr Jo Rutzen
MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Cert Clinical Education
What excites me about Rural General Practice is the unique journey that I take with each patient who walks through the door, presenting a challenge to my knowledge and skills and an opportunity to improve his/her health and subsequently that of the local community.
Jo graduated from The University of Adelaide and worked at Modbury Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Health Service before her first experience of working in Rural General Practice in Barmera in 1998. In 2000, after several months in Germany, she returned to the Riverland to work at Loxton Health Centre as a Rural General Practice Registrar and apart from 12 months working in Anaesthetics at Lyell McEwin Health Service, she has remained in Loxton ever since. She works part time and her special interest areas include anaesthetics, women’s health and medical student education. She loves to spend her free time with her husband Jochen and their 2 children, as well as gardening, playing bridge, singing in the choir, reading or catching up with friends.
Dr Peter Tait
MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
Peter is originally from NSW, he did his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Sydney and postgraduate training in General Practice and Obstetrics in southern NSW.
He also possesses a degree in mathematics.
He moved to the Riverland in 2002 and now considers himself a proud South Australian. He became a full-time partner at the Loxton Health Centre in 2004. He has a passion for obstetrics and has undergone extra training in the use of ultrasound in pregnant women, and teaches courses in emergency obstetrics. Peter recently became involved in Bariatric Medicine. He is also heavily involved in medical politics and health policy formulation, and sits on a number of boards and committees, including the state Council of the AMA.
In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, cycling, and squash and is an enthusiastic member of the Loxton Wine and Food club. He has two children.
Dr Godfrey Amaechi
MBBS, FRACGP, M.Fam.Med
Godfrey is a 1998 graduate of the University of Nigeria Medical School. He holds a Masters degree in Family Medicine and Primary Care from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practioners.
He worked as a Rural General Practitioner in Southern Africa for 7 years prior to moving to Loxton in 2006.
He has special interests in minor general surgery, primary care skin cancer management and exercise stress testing. He also has an interest in medical student and GP registrar education and mentoring.
His hobbies include playing table tennis, watching soccer and tennis and listening to news. He is married to Chioma and they have 3 children.
Dr Kerrianne Harvey
MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv.), DCH
Dr Lachlan Mackinnon
Dr Jacynta Batt