The Practice was founded by Dr John Kramer on 4th May 1981. He commenced solo General Practice at 41 Beach Street after completion of training with the Family Medicine Program of the RACGP.
Subsequently several other doctors joined the Practice, staying for varying periods of time. Dr Judy Haines came as a part-time Assistant in 1986, and remains a vital part of the Practice into the 21st Century.
The Practice has an appropriate mix of staff to be able to provide almost all general medical services. These include management of chronic illness, acute presentations, immunisations of all age groups, women’s health, palliative care, home visits, after hours care, aged care, skin checks and treatment, employment and insurance medicals, WorkCover and Third Party consultations, travel medicine.
Dr John Kramer has particular interests in Indigenous Health, ADHD and related problems both in children and in adults, Mental Health and Palliative Care. He also is heavily involved with the teaching of Medical Students, both within the Practice and via the UNSW School of Rural Health, based in Coffs Harbour.
He has a part-time position as a Senior Lecturer with the University of NSW. He holds other positions with the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice, North Coast GP Training Ltd, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
At times these commitments take him away from Woolgoolga, creating longer waiting times for appointments. The understanding of the many patients who see our other doctors at such times is greatly appreciated. Dr Kramer is often able to still have input into the care of such patients by direct contact with the treating doctor.