Every business has a resident “Doctor Who” fan, right? General Practitioner Dr Matt Warburton is ours at The Banyans Medical Centre in Bowen Hills.
A warm, experienced GP, who is a self-confessed ‘people person’, Dr Warburton also enjoys running, is an avid reader, and can currently be found on his lunch breaks drawing gorgeous art. He has a passion for supporting the physical health and mental wellbeing of his patients.
Originally from England and trained in Birmingham, Dr Warburton worked in hospitals and general practice in the UK before travelling to Australia in 2008. He practised in both city and regional locations until deciding to settle in Brisbane in early 2020.
A fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Dr Warburton has 20 years of experience as a doctor with 16 of those as a General Practitioner.
With a burning desire to keep up to date with the latest medical advances, he has a diverse range of medical skills and knowledge, which includes special interests in mental health, skin health, diabetes, endocrinology, all aspects of men’s, women’s, and children’s health. He is a keen advocate of preventative health.
“As a general practitioner, I strive to help each patient be their very best physically and mentally. Working in a family practice and with all the complexities that involves, it can sometimes feel like a jigsaw puzzle with every person and their treatment often being different,” he says.
“It’s the challenge of how to best treat my patient’s issue that I thrive on, and it’s the reason I love my job so much. There’s so much to know and so much to learn – it really is lifelong learning.
“I really enjoy working with my patients, not just for them.”
His special interest in mental health has led Dr Warburton to his current online study of GP-focused psychological strategies through GPLearning, a platform run by RACGP for GPs. He’s hoping to provide longer consultations for patients with mental health concerns by providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions in early 2022.
“I see many people struggling with mental health problems, either as their main issue or compounding their physical ones. I look forward to being able to use some evidence-based CBT strategies to help many of my patients. It is also reassuring knowing that, here at The Banyans Medical Centre, we have such a great team of specialists and allied health professionals that it’s straightforward to find additional support if people need referrals,” Dr Warburton says.
“COVID-19 has fast-tracked the need for more GP-led
psychotherapy sessions, and I’m so excited to be a part of
something bigger that is going to make such a difference to patients’ lives right now.”
Skin Health and Skin Checks
Working in Cairns and Far North Queensland for several years led to Dr Warburton’s passion for skin health. He is a fervent advocate for regular skin checks.
He is excited to bring his experience of skin cancer medicine and surgery to The Banyans Medical Centre team, having worked for Queensland Health as a GP with a special interest in dermatology at Cairns Hospital.
Why The Banyans?
“It was the opportunity to work hand in hand with allied health professionals in an integrated workplace that was so appealing to me,” says Dr Warburton.
“Patients will always be better off when a team of professionals are working on their health together in a non-competitive environment.”
When he isn’t working, and to offset his educational grounding in the sciences, Dr Warburton plays the piano, has an interest in history, is trying to renew his university interest in Wing Chun Kung Fu, and is recently trying to learn to draw by taking up the #Inktober2021 challenge.
He is enjoying a new way of life with a family, having tied the knot in June 2021. His family includes his wife, Sophie, two energetic stepsons, a one-year-old Tricolour Cavalier called Preston, a 10-month-old Ragdoll called Pippin and the most recent addition, a 10-week-old Ruby Cavalier called Paige.
We’re a little bit disappointed that one wasn’t called K9.
Dr Matthew Warburton, General Practitioner, MBChB, MRCGP, FRACGP, Dip Skin Cancer Surgery