Mar 02, 2021

Jerrabomberra local, Greg OConnor is again hitting the dirt roads to increase awareness about anxiety and depression and reduce the stigma of having a mental health issue.
The Surgery at Jerra is again sponsoring Greg’s Beyond Bitumen adventure.
Later this month, Greg and his driving partner are using the distinctive ‘NEMO’ car but his time, are rallying for mental health between Muswellbrook and Forster in New South Wales.
Funds raised go towards mental health research, delivering services and programs, and providing resources to improve the lives of those living with a mental health issue.
Greg has been battling depression since the early 1980s. His story of many years of struggle and finally seeking help is inspirational. TSAJ proudly supports Greg’s quest in and out of the car.


Mar 01, 2021

The Surgery at Jerra is proud to announce it has joined the Welcome Here Project which means the practice is a ‘safe place’ for members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
We will soon be displaying a Welcome Here sticker at our entrance to let lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people know they can feel safe and secure with our clinical and admin staff, without fear of being judged.
LGBTIQ diversity is welcomed and celebrated within our practice.
Being part of the Welcome Here Project helps create a positive social change throughout Australia. Community organisation ACON set up the project with help from the NSW Government.


Feb 04, 2021

The Australian Government is working to make sure everyone in Australia has access to safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccines will give us the protection to go about our everyday lives.
To keep up to date with the latest progress, and to ensure your information is reliable, visit


Feb 04, 2021

Dr Chathurika Karunaratne has started seeing patients at The Surgery at Jerra. The experienced GP goes by the moniker CK.

Dr CK has been working in a general practice in Goulburn for the past five years. Before that he worked in the Emergency Department at Wagga Base Hospital.

Dr CK gained his medical degree in 2005 and went on to do post-graduate studies in anaesthetics. He attained a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney in 2015 and received his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2019. Dr CK has also gone on to be an accredited as a skin cancer doctor from the Skin Cancer College at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr CK works Monday to Wednesday 9am to 4.30pm, Thursday and Friday 8am to 4.30pm and one Saturday morning a month.

For an appointment with Dr CK, you can book online or call reception on 6255 8122. If you would like a full body skin check, please ask for a 20-minute appointment.




Dec 21, 2020

Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, The Surgery at Jerra has re-introduced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.
If you live in or have visited the following areas in the past fortnight, please call the surgery before making an appointment or attending the practice with someone else as new screening measures are in place.
* Greater Sydney area
* the Central Coast
* Illawarra-Shoalhaven
* Nepean Blue Mountains


Dec 15, 2020

The Surgery at Jerra is happy to announce we have another GP starting in February 2021. Dr CK has been working in a general practice in Goulburn for the past five years. Before that he worked in the Emergency Department at Wagga Base Hospital.

Dr CK gained his medical degree in 2005 and went on to do post-graduate studies in anaesthetics. He attained a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney in 2015 and received his Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2019. Dr CK has also gone on to be an accredited as a skin cancer doctor from the Skin Cancer College at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr CK replaces our beloved Dr Suzanne Ward who retires at the end of this year.

Appointments for Dr CK will open early in the new year.


Christmas Newsletter edition

Dec 07, 2020

Well, it’s been a stressful year for everyone. From all of us here at The Surgery at Jerra, we hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas break. Above all else, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season. During the festive season, The Surgery at Jerra will still be open but with limited hours.


After 8 years at The Surgery at Jerra and just a few more as a GP before that, Dr Suzanne Ward is hanging up her stethoscope and swapping it for gardening tools. Our beloved Dr Suzanne is retiring to spend more time with her family and pottering around in her large veggie garden. She has won many awards for green thumb.Please wish her well. Her last official day is December 31st. However, we may see Dr Suzanne next year as she helps out with flu vaccinations.


Due to family reasons, Dr Heidi has cut all her normal sessions at The Surgery at Jerra and will only be doing Saturday relief shifts for other doctors from time to time for the foreseeable future.We do hope Dr Heidi will return to us as per usual in due course.



We have three new receptionists at the practice but you’ll still see all the old faces as well.

Laura Thompson comes to us after five years working for a cosmetic surgeon. She has a young family and lives in Bungendore.

Lara Davie has a few years of GP medical reception under her belt and has two very active teenagers who go to school locally.

And Bodine Saari, is a nursing and paramedicine student who’s cutting her teeth in health care with us.

Please make them all feel welcome.


Our telehealth policy has changed.All telehealth bookings must be made over the phone.Please ring the surgery on 6255 8112 to see if you are eligible for a telehealth consultation. Of course, there are still recommendations for people at risk or vulnerable to Covid-19. Telehealth is not designed to replace the normal model of good patient care, where patients go to their family doctor. In some instances, the GP may need you to come in for a face-to-face consultation to ensure you have the best level of care.


Shortly, The Surgery at Jerra will get a little makeover. We are re-painting and re-carpeting the entire practice as well as changing over the waiting room and patient chairs. We will try to do this after hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this freshen up may cause.


For many people, the festive season is an exciting time to celebrate and catch up with family and friends. For others, it can be a very stressful time. Financial issues, family conflict and loneliness can increase stress for people with anxiety or depression in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. Beyond Blue has some festive management strategies to help you deal with the holiday season. More detail can be found on its website.

1.Plan ahead to make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed or burnt out. If you are spending Christmas alone, take your mind off things by allowing plenty of time for activities you enjoy.

2.Change your expectations–It’s ok to say no to things. You have the choice how to spend your time off.

3.Stay in the present–if you feel overwhelmed, practise mindfulness, slow breathing and other coping strategies.

4.Get support–it’s important to reach out to talk to someone. It could be as simple as sending a text or message on social media. If you are feeling sadness or grief, share your memories and tears, if you can. It’s also OK to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.

The mental health professionals at the Beyond BlueSupport Service are available over the holiday period 24/7 on 1300 224 636


Nov 24, 2020

As of 30 November 2020, consultation fees at The Surgery at Jerra will increase slightly following the recent release of the Australian Medical Association’s fees list.
Our consultation fees take into account the increasing cost of running a medical practice, including rising medical insurance and other indemnities; the cost of medical equipment, staff and operating expenses.
We believe TSAJ’s new fees are still comparatively priced with many general practices in the ACT/Queanbeyan region.
Should you have any queries, feel free to contact our practice manager, Jason Lee.
Standard consultation – $84
Longer consultation – $130
Saturday consultation – from $99
Concession card discounts are available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
All fees are payable at the time of consultation.
NOTE: A cancellation fee of $50 may apply for any appointments cancelled or moved within two hours of the original booked time.
A full fees list is available on request from reception.
Thank you for your understanding.


Oct 22, 2020

Dr Penny Gosling has been leading the charge for Frocktober at The Surgery at Jerra.

The month-long ‘dress up’ is to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

There is no early detection and unfortunately, an Australian woman dies every 8 hours from this disease.

The average 5-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46%.

Historically, about 70% of women diagnosed will sadly find they are already in the advanced stages of the disease.

You can make a donation towards research and awareness at TSAJ reception or on the Frocktober website under our team. (link below) The surgery has donated $200 to the cause as well.…/…/the-surgery-at-jerra

Newsletter September quarter 2020

Sep 10, 2020


First of all, welcome to the first TSAJ newsletter. These will be electronically distributed quarterly. We’d like to thank you for all your co-operation and understanding this year as we all try to come to terms with the ‘new way of life’ dealing with Covid-19. In the early days, health advice for general practices was changing at least daily. So, thank you for helping us to work out the best way to deal with this health crisis. More on that later in this issue.


After 11 years at The Surgery at Jerra and many more as a GP in Australia and abroad, Dr Suzanne Ward is retiring from medicine later this year. She’s going to spend her days pottering in her vegetable garden where she grows award-winning produce, making cheese and travelling around Australia once the restrictions are lifted. 


Dr Billie (Nabila) Rajabali joined The Surgery at Jerra earlier this year but Coronavirus put a dampener on us rolling out the welcome wagon. Dr Rajabali is a third-year Registrar. She completed her medical degree from the University of Queensland in 2008. She is working towards her fellowship in General Practice and has been working in the Queanbeyan area in recent years. Her interests include women’s health, preventative medicine and travel medicine. 

She enjoys spending time with her young family, gardening and reading.. that’s when she’s not working or studying!


We know you read it everywhere but here it is again. It’s important you wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face during these unprecedented times. Like most places these days, The Surgery at Jerra has a hand sanitiser station upon entry. There are even huge banners above our doorway and on our roof to remind people of the importance of hand hygiene. 

When you book at The Surgery at Jerra, you are asked whether you have any flu-like symptoms which include:

  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

If you have any of these symptoms and have travelled outside of the ACT/Queanbeyan region in the past 14 days, you will be booked in for a telehealth appointment to reduce the risk of potential exposure to staff and other patients. 

If you have had any direct contact with someone who has tested positive to Covid-19 and are experiencing symptoms, you will also need to have a telehealth consultation. 

However, if you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

When you arrive for your appointment, please do not enter the surgery if you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms or are contagious in any other way. Please call the number oN the door and our friendly reception staff will advise you what to do next. 

We have also limited the number of patients allowed in our waiting room to practise physical distancing. 


Henriette van Zyl is our newest medical receptionist. She has worked in numerous general and specialist practices in Melbourne and has qualifications in youth work. Originally from South Africa, we are trying to teach her that we play rugby union better over here.

Henri’s just enrolled in a part-time nursing degree so she can eventually combine her love of health care and working with troubled youngsters. 

Henri’s interests are diverse – camping, art, languages, playing the electric guitar, mindfulness, boardgames, cycling and slam poetry, to name a few! That should keep her busy. Oh, and she’s getting her forklift licence and her cat Suki thinks she’s a dog.


Did you know the Federal Government subsidises health checks for everyone aged between 45 and 49 and over 75 years of age? There is no cost to you.

  • We recommend that anyone between the ages of 45-49 year old, has a free health assessment. These bulk-billed health checks can pick up the risk of developing health problems such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, mental health issues or heart disease. The GP and the nurse will look at your lifestyle choices, your medical personal history and any conditions that may run in the family.

We can then put a plan in place to manage any risk factors and reduce the chance of chronic diseases in the future.

You’ll spend 40 minutes with the nurse to have any relevant tests and examinations (eg bood pressure check) as well as discussing lifestyle changes and making relevant referrals to allied health professionals. The doctor then will sign off on your assessment and discuss any problems identified.

  • If you are over 75 years of age, it’s important to have an in-depth assessment of your physical, psychological and social functioning. This bulk-billed health check helps identify things which may improve your health and/or quality of life. A nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and rhythm. There is also a review of your current medications, continence and whether you up are to date with immunisations such as influenza, tetanus and pneumococcus. We also look at your ability to do daily activities and your risk of falling. We take a holistic approach in these assessments so we look at your cognition and mood, and whether you have any paid or unpaid help and if you are caring for another person. After the nurse completes any relevant testing and discusses your medical and lifestyle issues, your GP will make a clinical judgement and make any recommendations for your health and wellbeing. 



  • During your lifetime, you will eat about 30,000kg of food – that’s the weight of about six African elephants. Should we change the saying from so hungry you could eat a horse?
  • In Malaysia, parents protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer. Is that to prevent any ALEments?
  • Joining social clubs after retirement can extend your life. Bring on knitting and book clubs!
  • Doctors who work at Australian Antarctic research stations are required to have their appendix removed before they are posted. That’s to reduce the risk of needing an operation in the remote area.