About Our Practice

What We Do & Who We Are

We're a General Practice of traditional family doctors.

We aim to provide comprehensive health  care for patients and their families, and  a continuous realtionship with the same GP.
The practice was established at its current site in 2008 in brand new premises custom designed for efficient and effective medical services  by 4 full time GPs.  We practice traditional  “cradle to the grave” medicine  -  from childhood immunization to palliative care, and everything in between -  with a focus on whole patient care and whole patient outcomes.

Bayswater Family Practice is fully and unconditionally accredited through AGPAL with the current RACGP Standards for General Practice. All the Doctors in this practice have satisfied the training requirements of the RACGP and are registered as Specialist General Practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).

BFP shares the waiting room and car park with a separate business called PhysioMatters.  BFP is situated within the major health precinct of Hervey Bay – Hervey Bay Hospital 100m, University of Qld Rural Clinical School 200m, St Stephens Private Hospital 300m, and other multiple Medical Specialist rooms within 500m. Adjacent to BFP is the Opthalmology practice Eyes Wide Bay.

Our Services


All childhood immunizations and  notifications to the Australian Immunization Register, as well as adult and overseas travel vaccinations.

Acute Care

Same day appointments for urgent medical problems including treatment of acute illness, skin lacerations and simple fractures.

Preventative Medicine

Health promotion and a recall register for recommended cancer screening and  scheduled health checks.

Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Heart disease, COPD, neurological diseases, etc.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer diagnosis and treatments including biopsy, Liquid Nitrogen , Electrotherapy, excisions and small plastic surgery procedures

Palliative Care

Including home visits and collaboration with the home nursing  and palliative care services.

Aged Care Facility Visits

The GPs at Bayswater Family Practice attend all 9 Hervey Bay Residential Aged Care facilities.

Private Hospital Admissions

Regular liaison and referral to local private Specialists as well as GP inpatient care at St Stephens Hospital.

The Doctors

The practice principal Dr Paul Neeskens has been a full time GP in Hervey Bay since 1987, and in 2008 he established BFP. He also teaches University of QLD Medical Students  and supervises regional GP Registrars on the GP training program. Dr Neeskens enjoys all aspects of family general practice including skin procedures and palliative care, and is committed to evidence based medicine. In 2014 he was awarded  a Masters in Clincial Epidemiology by the University of QLD. He relaxes by sailing and racing catamarans.

Dr Sunita Pusapati was a GP Registrar at BFP in 2017 and re-joined the practice in 2019 after the the completion of her RACGP Fellowship is 2018. Dr Pusapati has an interest in general medicine and child health.

Dr Anu Panjugula and Dr Sharna Bennett joined the practice in January 2021. Dr Anu comes with 11 years of experience as a Doctor and in her third year as a GP Registrar. Dr Bennett is in her 2nd year as a GP registrar having graduated from University of Newcastle / University of New England in 2015. Both our new Doctors are enthusiastic about all aspects of general practice, including paediatrics, skin cancer surgery and  aged care home visits.

Dr Phil Thorp has been a General Practitioner in Hervey Bay for several years and  joined the practice in mid 2021. He graduated for the Australian National University in 2008 and is Fellow of the RACGP. He is keen interest in skin diseases and skin cancer treatment.

The Practice Team

“Sisters”, Prue and Rosemary  are Registered Nurses with the Qld Nursing Council and bring with them a wealth of nursing experience from General Practice and prior hospital work.  They assist the Doctors with minor operations and procedures and are always available to assist with advice and information.

Shirl, Noeleen, Pam  & Clare are the reception staff.  They will assist with all of your enquiries and handle all appointments, accounts and Medicare requirements.