Moranbah Medical: Meet Our Doctors
Dr Johann Scholtz graduated in 1981 from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His medical career began in a South African rural area where he was Medical Superintendant of a 90 bed rural hospital for 15 years. In addition he acted as District Surgeon where anaesthetics, caesareans sections, abdominal ops and trauma presentations were part of his daily duties.
He and his family immigrated to Australia in 1997 when they settled in Moranbah and he took up the Medical Superintendant role as well as GP in Private Practice. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2000 and became an Australian Citizen in 2002. His wife re-qualified as a Pharmacist a year later.
Dr Scholtz’ commitment to the community of Moranbah, saw him spearhead moves towards a sustainable medical workforce model for this area and in 2008 he expanded his private practice to double its original size.
In his spare time he enjoys yachting, boating and travel.
Dr Reyno Nieuwoudt graduated from South Africa’s University of Pretoria before embarking on a general practice career in a busy group practice in Cape Town. In 2002, he and his wife immigrated to Australia and settled in Clermont where he worked in private practice and also as Medical Superintendant of Clermont Hospital. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2006 and joined Dr Scholtz in partnership in the newly formed Moranbah Medical in July 2008. Dr Nieuwoudt has recently undergone training through the University of Queensland Medical School’s Primary Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine. He has a commitment to lifetime learning and has been a teacher of medical students for nearly a decade.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family pursuing activities such as boating, bushwalking and photography. The family are keen travelers and look forward to seeing more of the beautiful Australian continent over the next few years.
Dr Benjamin Chapman joined the team at Moranbah Medical in January 2010 after working at Mackay Base Hospital for 3 years primarily in the Accident and Emergency, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments. Ben first came to Moranbah in 2006 for a rural placement as a 6th year medical student with James Cook University.
Growing up in and around Ayr in North Queensland, Ben has always enjoyed small town life, and has volunteered countless hours with community organizations. He was Camp Doctor for Camp Quality North Queensland for 3 years, providing medical care and fun therapy to children living with and affected by cancer. Ben’s involvement with Camp Quality is also a personal one, stemming from his own battle with leukaemia at age 9. It was also this experience which gave him his initial glimpse into the world of medicine and in part inspired him to consider training as a doctor and fostering his interest in family medicine.
Dr Chapman lives in Moranbah with his partner, Sabrina. In his free time he enjoys pottering around his shed, attending to his impressive tropical fish collection and the occasional off road 4 x 4 adventure.
Dr Kumar joined Moranbah Medical in November 2011. Dr Kumar originally trained and worked in India before immigrating to Australia with his family in 2007. He initially spent some time working at Mackay Base Hospital before entering General Practice in 2010. Dr Kumar achieved his Fellowship to the Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2011.
He has a special interest in procedural medicine and enjoys the challenge of working in the Emergency Department at Moranbah Hospital.
Dev lives and works in Moranbah during the week and returns to his family in Mackay over weekends where his wife works as a General Practitioner. In his spare time Dr Kumar enjoys spending time with his 2 young children and tinkering with his computers.