Dr Bridget Clancy

Dr Bridget Clancy is an Ear, Nose, Throat & Head & Neck surgeon. She offers expert care to adults and children.

The private practice team includes an ENT clinical nurse specialist and dedicated administrative staff.

We value respect and effective communication in our service to patients. Our practice aims to provide excellent surgical services to the region. Our team aims for continuous improvement and innovation.

Questions frequently asked by kids about surgeons

Are surgeons doctors?

Yes, you need to become a doctor before you can train as a surgeon.

How do you get to become a surgeon?

You need to:

  1. finish VCE;
  2. Go to university for around six years.

Now you are a doctor.

Then you need to:

  1. Work as an intern for a year. An intern is a junior doctor working in a hospital and supervised by more senior doctors;
  2. Work for another 2-4 years in a hospital then pass an exam. In this phase you are called a resident or hospital medical officer;
  3. Apply for a training programme in surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons;
  4. Then work for another 4-5 years in a hospital as a surgical registrar;
  5. Pass a final set of exams.

Now you are a surgeon!

How long does it take to become a surgeon?

It took me 15 years: 6 years at university and 9 years working in hospitals, studying and passing exams.

Why some surgeons are called Mister instead of Doctor?

Many years ago, surgeons weren’t doctors and so were called Mister (Mr) rather than Doctor (Dr). At that time, it was also unheard of for women to be doctors or surgeons!  If you want to find out more about surgeons in the past, try googling “barber surgeons”. In some Australian states, when a male doctor becomes a surgeon, they choose to change their title from “Dr” to “Mr”.  In other states they keep the title of “Dr”. It can get complicated for women surgeons who can be called Dr, Ms, Miss or Mrs. Dr Clancy chooses to keep the title “Doctor (Dr)”. Lots of kids and some adults get confused when doctors aren’t called “Doctor”. As a feminist, Dr Clancy also prefers a title that is the same for men as for women surgeons.

To add to the confusion, anyone (even a child) can call themselves “Doctor”. There is no law preventing it. If you are choosing to see a health practitioner than uses the title of “Doctor” you can look them up on the AHPRA website to find out whether they really are a doctor.

Do you actually do the operation?

Yes!

Practice Nurse

Brooke Rawlings

Registered Nurse, BNurs 

Brooke studied Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University, Warrnambool. She commenced her nursing career at South West Healthcare before joining the practice in 2017. Brooke is passionate about providing healthcare within the practice setting. Along with her clinical skills, Brooke also has an extensive administration background.

Brooke supports Dr Clancy’s care of patients through:

  • Ear Plug fitting: we recommend, fit and supply Doc’s Proplugs for swimming after ear surgery.
  • Triage of patient referrals to ensure patients get the right care at the right time.
  • Ensuring all medical instruments, endoscopes and other equipment are sterilised in accordance with Australian Standards and maintained for patient safety and efficiency.
  • Scheduling surgery for patients or facilitating placement on public hospital waiting lists. Contacting patients before and after surgery to answer questions, provide advice and arrange further care as needed.
  • Assisting Dr Clancy with office surgical procedures.

Audiometry

In 2016 we farewelled Dee Jaynes after three years of excellent service.

We are currently seeking a audiometrist, with skill in testing patients of all ages. Please contact the practice to apply.

Administration and Reception

Adrienne O’Sullivan

Cert III Business Administration-Medical

Adrienne joined the reception team in 2015 after 7 years’ experience in a rural GP Clinic.  Her employment history has included administration and office management, with a strong focus on customer service. She enjoys volunteering at her local football/netball club, camping and participation in racing club committees.

Pauline Cooper

Diploma of Business

Pauline joined the reception team in 2014 after working in the legal field for more than 20 years. She loves the patient contact in her reception role, and when not working with our team or in her family business she enjoys sewing, walking her dogs, playing piano, swimming and tending her veggie patch.

Mary Timms

BA (Science)

Mary has extensive administration experience across a variety of industries including tourism, hospitality, education and veterinary science. Mary enjoys tennis, walking, gardening, sewing and travelling.

Locum and Associate Surgeons

Dr Upasna Pratap (Paz)

Dr Pratap graduated from the University of Tasmania with First Class Honours in 2006 and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2013.

Dr Pratap undertook further training in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in Melbourne and Head and Neck Surgery in London.

Dr Pratap consults at Clancy ENT in Warrnambool and works in Melbourne at The Alfred, Box Hill Hospital and The Children’s Hospital.

Dr Pratap grew up in St Marys, a small township in Tasmania and understands the benefits and challenges of life in rural and regional settings.

 

 

Dr Deborah Amott

Dr Deborah Amott is an Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon, with an established private practice in Moonee Ponds. Dr Amott is the director of ENT/Head and Neck Surgery at the Northern Hospital, Melbourne.

Deborah completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, graduating with Honours, commenced General Surgical training (incorporating a year of Thoracic Surgery) at St Vincent’s hospital and then obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon (FRACS). She undertook further training in head and neck surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, California.

An interest in paediatric ENT surgery, coupled by the practical experience of having two young sons, has resulted in strong surgical skills in this area, as well as understanding of the difficulty parents face when considering surgery for their children.

Dr Amott grew up in regional Victoria and maintains a commitment to providing locum services to regional ENT surgeons.