Meet the Team
Dr Chris Ball
Chris is a Townsville local. He was born in the Townsville General about 50metres from the clinic. He graduated from James Cook University in 2005 and started work as a doctor in 2006. He achieved his masters degree in Sports Medicine in 2009 and his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2011. He is the medical officer for all North Queensland Cowboys squads including NYC, NRL and development players. He has worked extensively with elite teams in the NRL, AFL, WNBL, NBL and with elite boxers, rowers, mixed martial artists and track and field athletes.
Dr Tamara Ryan
Tamara is a product of the James Cook University medical school. She graduated in 2007 and has continued to expand her knowledge and experience within the medical field having both worked within and successfully completed studies which gave her accreditation in Palliative Care, Sexual Health, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has been accepted into the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has operated as a GP for a number of years. She is one of a very few approved providers of the S100 drugs for the treatment of HIV and has continued to maintain this accreditation to ensure her patients are not disadvantaged due to location. Her passion for running and sports generally has no doubt influenced her desire to complete her Masters in Sports Medicine having previously obtained her graduate certificate in the same area. She has approval to provide diving medicals having completed the prerequisite training and certification.
Tamara is a perfect fit at Sports Clinic NQ having wide experience and knowledge in both sports and women’s health.
Dr Brendon Aubrey
Brendon completed his medical degree in 2008 through James Cook University in Townsville. Following this he spent time working in the Queensland public hospital system in Redcliffe and Brisbane gaining experience mostly in Orthopaedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Brendon commenced Specialist Training in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2013 in the Melbourne area. Past team coverage includes:
- Melbourne Victory W League
- Australian U17 Mens Basketball
- Australian Mens Volleyball (Volleyroos)
- Australian U21 Rowing
- Brisbane Lions
- Melbourne Storm
- Frankston Dolphins VFL
- Norths Devils QRL
- Redcliffe Dolphins QRL
- GPS Rugby Union
Brendon has a keen interest in treating all aspects of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Specific services and special interests include:
- Management of all acute and overuse musculoskeletal injuries
- Exercise prescription and weight loss management
- Elite athlete management
- Neck and back pain
- Work Cover injuries
- Adolescent sport and exercise medicine
- Athlete screening
- Sports concussion
- Injection therapies, including ultrasound guided (e.g. cortisone, PRP)
- Shockwave therapy
- Compartment pressure testing
- Basketball related injuries
Dr Zoe Burns
Zoe is a GP Registrar who graduated from The University of Newcastle in 2014. Having grown up in Far North Queensland, she wanted to return to the warmer weather and has been working in Townsville and on Palm Island since 2015.
She is an authorised Hepatitis B prescriber and has completed a Diploma in Child Health. Zoe enjoysall aspects of General Practice and has special interests in sports medicine, paediatrics, Indigenous health and chronic disease. Having spent over 10 years in the Army Reserves she is also keen to support ex-service personnel and military families.
Zoe works part-time at Townsville Family Medical Centre and Sports Clinic NQ.
Dr Annette Wong
Annette completed a medical degree at Griffith Uni on the Gold Coast in 2011.
She moved to Townsville as an intern and worked at the Townsville Hospital for 5 years (mostly in the Emergency Department but also in orthopaedics, rural relieving, paediatrics, cardiothoracics and neurosurgery).
Annette’s main professional interest is sports medicine. She also has a personal interest in sport. She has been training in Shaolin Kung Fu for over 20yrs and has recklessly and opportunistically tried out various adventure and extreme sports while she was backpacking through various parts of the world.
Annette also has an interest in Indigenous Health and has done rural relieving on Palm Island. She will be doing a joint community project on exercise and sports medicine as prevention of chronic disease in Aboriginal youth next year through both TAIHS and Sports Clinic NQ.
Before becoming a doctor, Annette did an honours degree in English literature and then a PhD in Cultural studies. Her primary focus is social justice issues and addressing racism and social inequality.
Annette also has an interest in travel and adventure medicine. She has also travelled extensively in and around her PhD.
She has also worked as a graphic designer, an English teacher in Japan, a deckhand and cook on a yacht in the Caribbean as well as various retail and temping jobs to fund her passion for travelling.