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Dr. Johanson joined Majellan Medical Centre in 2006 after completing general practice training in rural Victoria. He also worked in Papua New Guinea, Ireland and Cornwall. Dr Johanson has undertaken further training in public health, obstetrics and gynaecology, and Aboriginal health.

Since 2009 Dr Johanson has worked in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-friendly practice (see separate article).

Within the full range of primary health care, other areas of medical interest include skin cancer surgery, insertion of Implanon and Mirena contraceptive devices, shared antenatal care and aged care.

During 2015-16 Dr Johanson took extended leave to travel and work around Australia with his family, with a focus and rural and Aboriginal health. He returns refreshed and glad to be back in Scarborough.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-friendly general practice.

In 2009, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders from the Moreton Bay region approached Dr Johanson to form links with Majellan Medical Centre. At that time, the nearest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health service was over 30km away at Chermside. Since then, Majellan Medical Centre has become a major provider of primary health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the Moreton Bay region.

The key features of our clinic are bulk-billing (from participating doctors), transport if required (through Moreton ATSICHS), and reserved clinic time on Wednesday afternoons between 1-4pm (of course, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients are welcome to book appointments at other times as well.)

Since 2015 Dr Lilliana Potocki has joined Dr Johanson in providing this service.

Our ‘Majellan Model’ has been presented at international medical conferences and identified as a model of best practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.

If you would like to read more, see:

1. Johanson RP, Hill P. Indigenous health: a role for private general practice. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40:16-9

2. Australian Medical Association Report Card Series 2010-11 – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: best practice in primary health care for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

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