Meet Our Team

Victoria Harbour Medical Centre has a dedicated team of male, female and non-binary General Practitioners available for consultation who are supported by an enthusiastic and friendly nursing and administrative team.

All doctors at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre are vocationally trained and accredited general practitioners (GPs) and Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).  We are also committed to teaching and provides vocational training positions for doctors who are specialising in general practice and family medicine.  Every six months we have a GP registrar doctor rotating through our medical centre to further their general practice experience.  GP registrars are fully qualified doctors and are supervised by Dr Marc Herington and Dr Gillian Porter.

Please feel free to browse through our team and learn a little more, or call (03) 9629 1414 to arrange an appointment.

Practice Principal: Dr. Marc Herington

Practice Manager: Edita Mance

Practice Nurses: Lorianna and Sue

Medical receptionists: Susan, Ruth, Kim, Sarah, Monique, Anna, Leah and Brigid

Dr. Marc Herington

MBBS, FRACGP, Practice Principal

Dr Marc Herington commenced General Practice in 2002, and opened the door to the first patients at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre in September 2004.

Away from work he has 3 teenage children who keep him busy, and interests in all sports, but particularly golf and following Essendon.

Dr. Herington is no longer taking on new patients. If you are NEW or NOT a regular patient of Dr. Herington, please book in with another doctor. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.  

Sessions: Monday to Friday, 

Dr. Kirsten Scott

BSc, MBBS (Hons.), DCH, FRACGP

After graduating from The University of Melbourne in 2004, Kirsten pursued an interest in paediatrics, working at The Royal Children’s Hospital and attaining a Diploma in Child Health. She has worked as a part of the team of ‘GP’s at The Kids’ providing after hours medical care in the Emergency Department at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Kirsten has a strong interest in Women’s Health and is accredited to provide Shared Maternity Care to pregnant women planning to have their baby at The Royal Women’s, Sunshine or Mercy Hospitals in Heidelberg and Werribee. She is also able to assist with fertility and pre-conception advice, postnatal care, contraception including Implanon® insertion and removal and menopause.

Kirsten has been a GP at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre since 2011 and is happy to consult on a wide range of medical problems and perform minor surgical procedures. When not at work she is busy caring for her three school-aged boys, or training for a running event.  

Kirsten is available for consultation every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and some Saturdays.

Sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr. Damien Polioudakis

MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Damien Polioudakis graduated from Monash University in 2003.  He is experienced in all areas of general practice with special interests in men’s health, sexual health including PrEP prescribing, STI screening, preventative health medicine and chronic disease management.  He is an accredited s100 HIV community prescriber.

Damien aims to create a confidential consultation space where you feel understood and empowered to work towards your health goals.  He has also completed the FPAA National Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health for Doctors with Sexual Health Victoria and is qualified to insert and remove Implanon® contraceptive implants.

Prior to his move into general practice Damien gained experience training in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine and anaesthetics.  During this time he also completed accredited JCCA training in general practice anaesthesia.

Dr Damien Polioudakis is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday (currently on leave until 06/08/2024)

Dr. Bree Latta

BBNS (Hons.), MBBS, DCH, FRACGP

Dr Bree Latta graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Deakin University in 2011 and has since worked at The Royal Women’s Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital pursuing an interest in women’s and children’s health.

Bree commenced working in General Practice in 2015, at the same time completing a Diploma in Child Health (DCH) through the Children’s Hospital at Westmead Sydney. She obtained her Fellowship the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2019. She is currently undertaking further training in breastfeeding medicine.  

Bree enjoys the wide variety of work as a GP in Docklands and is particularly interested in pregnancy planning and breastfeeding medicine.  Dr Latta is qualified to insert and remove Implanon®. 

Dr Bree Latta is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Currently unavailable

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Dr. Leah ‘Spencer’ Watts

(They/Them)

MBBS, BMedSci, MPH, FRACGP 

Dr Watts, known as Spencer, is a General Practitioner and fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Spencer completed their Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Medical Science at the University of Melbourne. They subsequently trained across a number of settings including the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Darwin Hospital and remote communities of the Northern Territory, before returning to Naarm, Melbourne, to join Victoria Harbour Medical Centre.

Dr Watts is committed to providing culturally safe, inclusive care to their patients of all age, ability, background and identity, including the LGBTIQA+ and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  Spencer offers trans-affirmative health care, initiating gender affirming hormones by the informed consent model. They offer sexual health and contraceptive advice including PrEP and insertion and removal of Implanon®.

Spencer works collaboratively with their patients, on all aspects of their health, and is passionate about providing excellent general medical, preventative and mental health care.

Dr Watts is available to see new patients. They are available for both face-to-face and telehealth consultations.

Sessions: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Dr. Christopher Kearney

BBiomedSc, BMBS, FRACGP

Dr Christopher Kearney graduated from Deakin University School of Medicine in 2012 then worked at Western Health for 2 years. Following a year of emergency work in Echuca he commenced GP training in 2016 and completed it in early 2018 here at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre.

He enjoys all aspects of general practice however his special interests are youth health, sexual health (including PrEP prescribing) and prevention and management of chronic disease.  He is also happy to perform minor surgical procedures including Implanon® insertion/removal.  He is an accredited s100 HIV community prescriber.

Away from work Christopher enjoys travel and sport (playing, watching and umpiring!)

Dr Christopher Kearney is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr. Gillian Porter

MBBS, DCH, MPH , FRACGP

Dr Gillian Porter graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2009. She has been working in General Practice since 2013 and enjoys all areas of General Practice with particular interests in preventative medicine, travel health, women’s, and children’s health. She is accredited to provide Shared Maternity Care with The Royal Women’s Hospital and is qualified to insert and remove Implanon®.

Gillian has a background in women’s and children’s health, having completed a Diploma of Child Health in 2011. She has also worked in international health, completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2018 and continues to be involved in supporting community health programs and research in India.

Outside of work Dr Porter enjoys spending time with her young family.

Dr Gillian Porter is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr. Tim Johnston

MD (Dist.), BPharm, FRACGP

Dr Tim Johnston graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Melbourne in 2014. He worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Sunshine Hospital before transitioning to general practice. His interests include sexual health (including PrEP prescribing), travel medicine and men’s health, but will happily consult on all health-related concerns.  He is an accredited s100 HIV community prescriber.

Tim began his working life as a pharmacist and welcomes the opportunity to chat about your medications and how they fit in to your treatment plan.

Outside of medicine, Tim enjoys live music, exploring Melbourne’s food scene and travel.

Dr Tim Johnston is available to see new patients and requires a double appointment to be booked.

Sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Dr. Charles Aitken

MBBS

Since graduating from Monash University in 2011 Charles has developed a competency in a range of medical and surgical specialties. He has worked in numerous roles at public and private hospitals around Australia as well as an ongoing role teaching medical students at Monash University.

Charles has also worked extensively as a surgical assistant giving him a strong knowledge of most commonly performed surgical procedures.

Charles is interested in women’s health and pregnancy, paediatrics, mental health and complex social needs. He is able to perform minor surgical procedures, insert or remove Implanon® and prescribe PrEP.

When not working Charles enjoys playing hockey and visiting his family in North-West Victoria.

Dr Charles Aitken is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Monday to Thursday

Dr Isobel Marr

BHealthSc (TCM), MA, MD

Dr Isobel Marr recently joined our medical team. She completed her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Sydney in 2017.

Isobel aims to provide a holistic, evidence-based service to patients.  She has a special interest in mental health, women’s health and preventative health.  She has also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Dr Isobel Marr is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Dr. Eugenie Prior

MD, BBiomed, MPH, CWH, SCHP, FRACGP

Dr Eugenie Prior graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Melbourne in 2017. 

She is committed to providing comprehensive and holistic care and has particular interests in women’s health, sexual health and child and adolescent health.  She also holds a Bachelor of Biomedicine (BBiomed), a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH), a Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health and has completed the Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN).

Eugenie is qualified to insert and remove Implanon® female contraceptive implants. She is also qualified to insert and remove Intrauterine devices (IUDs) including hormonal (Mirena® and Kyleena®) and copper IUDs. If you are interested in exploring IUD insertion with Eugenie, please contact reception to book a pre-IUD insertion consult or book online.

Dr Eugenie Prior is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Dr. Pavani Kurra

B.BioMed.Sc (Hons), MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Pavani Kurra graduated from Flinders University of South Australia in 2012. After completing her internship at Flinders Medical Centre, she moved to Melbourne where she worked at Monash and Alfred health, before transitioning into general practice in 2018.

She has worked and experienced medical care delivery across a variety of settings in Australia and New Zealand including Central Australia and Queensland. She is well versed with provision of cross-cultural medical care, having treated and cared for patients from various backgrounds. Apart from English, she can comfortably communicate in Telugu and Hindi.

She is passionate about preventative care, and has a special interest in ophthalmology. She enjoys all aspects of general practice including paediatrics and women’s health.

Dr. Pavani Kurra is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Dr Geordie Morgan

MD, BSci (Hons)

Geordie trained with Flinders University in the Northern Territory graduating in 2017, he started his General Practice training in 2021 and has recently moved to Melbourne for ongoing training. He has worked in both the Royal Darwin and Palmerston Regional Hospitals in the Territory with experience in all areas of general medicine, acute care and significant experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Geordie is interested in all areas of General Practice and is keen to work with his patients for their best health and life outcomes. He is certified in Implanon insertion/removals and happy to perform basic procedures.

Outside of work he enjoys hiking with his partner, spending time with their sausage dog, mountain bike riding and trying not to get lost in Melbourne!

Dr Morgan is available to see new patients.

Sessions: Currently unavailable

Lorianna Marchese

RN Div1, Practice Nurse

Completing a Diploma of Science in Nursing at Footscray Institute of Technology in 1990, Lorianna commenced her nursing career at Dandenong Hospital before venturing into General Practice. She has worked as a Practice Nurse for the last 15 years and enjoys all aspects of primary care especially caring for patients and their families in a holistic manner. Lorianna has special interests in wound management and immunising and has completed a wound management course and obtained a nurse immuniser certificate.

In her spare time Lorianna enjoys family and social gatherings as well as health and fitness. Lorianna has completed a full marathon and also walked 100km for Oxfam.

Sue Johnstone

RN Div1, Practice Nurse

Sue Johnstone has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse, initially working in the acute hospital setting and more recently in the community. She has worked in General Practice for 14 years and enjoys dealing with people from all age groups. She finds it very satisfying getting to know patients and their families over time and being able to assist them with their healthcare.

Sue’s special interests are wound care, immunising, and education. She is an Accredited Nurse Immuniser and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Away from work Sue enjoys spending her time with my family, keeping fit, gardening and reading.