Dr. James Robertson, MBBS, MRACGP, MPH
Dr James graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1990, completed his residency at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, then worked in HIV medicine in Barbados, West Indies for three years. He met his wife Dawn there and they spent the next ten years coming and going between Sydney and Bridgetown while he worked in the areas of diabetes, tropical disease and cardiovascular disease.
In 2006 he started working at Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service in Aboriginal health, where he developed the diabetes clinic into a diabetes and cardiovascular clinic with regular review of patients with chronic disease and on-site specialist review by the cardiology team from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He remains very interested in diabetes and chronic disease. During this time he also developed his skills in the areas of substance abuse and mental illness, working with the mental health team to provide coordinated medical care for patients with psychiatric illness.
In 2011 he cut back to three days a week in Redfern, to work two days with another Aboriginal Community controlled medical service in Liverpool, Gandangara Health Services, where he continues to work currently. He is also interested in International Public Health and takes a group of medical students from Notre Dame University annually to Kenya, where they perform health checks and provide medical care to patients in a refugee camp for Internally Displaced Persons, in association with an NGO called So They Can. He is currently completing a Masters in International Public Health.
He is married with two teenage boys, a staffie named Bo and two Barbadian cats named Porkchop and Blossom. When he is not doing medicine, studying Public Health, or walking Bo (his beloved dog) with his wife Dawn, he goes for a surf.