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Dr Chris Ball

Sports Doctor / Founder

Chris is a Townsville local and was born in the Townsville General Hospital. 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

Sports Doctor / GP

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. She has also recently completed a Diploma of Child Health.

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. She works one day per week from the Sports Clinic NQ location.

Dr Brendon Aubrey

Sports Doctor

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 and 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, Osteoarthritis, Adolescent sport and exercise medicine, Athlete screening, Sports concussion, Injection therapies, including ultrasound guided (e.g. cortisone, PRP), Shockwave therapy, Compartment pressure testing and Basketball related injuries.

Dr Zoe Burns

Sports Doctor

Zoe is a GP 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 enjoys all 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 Sharujan Sivasubramaniam

GP Registrar

Sharujan is an NQ local, having graduated from James Cook University in 2017.

He spent his junior doctor years down in Brisbane juggling a mix of hospital work and Sports Medicine before moving back up to Townsville in 2020. Sharujan is currently a club doctor for the Brisbane Roar Football Club, covering the A-League, W-League and Y-League teams.

His experience in other codes includes Queensland Rugby League, Queensland Premier Rugby, GPS Rugby Union, WNBL and coverage of endurance events such as the Mooloolaba Triathlon and Tour de Brisbane.

He is also involved in research at the University of Queensland with the Centre of Research on Exercise, Physical Activity and Health.