• Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hon 1st Class) UQ
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Certificate in Family Planning
  • Director at the Mackay Hospital and Health Service

Dr Elissa Hatherly joined the NAPHL board in March 2021.

She is an experienced General Practitioner with a special interest in women’s health and regional medicine. Dr Hatherly believes regional medicine offers enormous scope for practice if you enjoy wearing more than one hat. She is testiment to this, bringing experience across general practice, family planning, women's health, cancer screening, university supervisory roles and community education speaking. 

Born in Melbourne and growing up in Sydney, Dr Hatherly fell in love with North Queensland when she completed an internship at Mackay Base Hospital, so much so that she never left the coastal town.

Dr Hatherly is one of the founding doctors of the Family Planning and Well Women’s Clinic and also practices medicine at Southside Medical Centre. She has experience in supervisory roles for medical students and general practice registrars and also has over a decade of experience in community cancer screening services. Along with the NAPHL Board, she also serves on the Board of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service.

She believes the biggest challenge facing general practice is the rise and ubiquity of social media, saying the free access to information, and misinformation, can be a bonus and a hindrance to patients' health. She says the biggest triumph for general practice in the past decade has been embracing technological advances, especially in recent years moving away from the fax to electronic referrals, prescribing and even now telehealth consultations. 

Professional Summary

Dr Elissa Hatherly spent some time travelling, and completed a science degree before finally studying Medicine at the University of Queensland, achieving her FRACGP in 2005. As well as working in General Practice and Family Planning, she serves on the Board of the Mackay Hospital. Elissa has worked in medical education for James Cook University, and has also spent 12 years in the BreastScreen Mackay service.