Dr Ann Staughton


“As a rural GP, you get to know so much more about your patients and how they cope with illnesses, because you know what else is going on with their lives. When you understand a person’s background and situation, you can bring so much more to their care.”

Ann always wanted to study medicine and attributes this to her mother, who inspired and supported her to reach her goals. She studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, then completed her training in the family medicine training program which led to eight years of general practice in Melbourne.

Ann has worked at the Lennox Head Medical Centre since 2001. She is fulfilled by rural medicine as it offers greater opportunities for the management of complex conditions. She says that general practice can be challenging at times, as there are no specialists ‘around the corner’, meaning you must have a good eye for what’s going on.

She is trained in the full range of contraceptive methods including Implanon™ and IUD insertion. She values whole-of-life care, from infancy and adolescence through to menopause and aged care.

Ann also works as a Visiting Medical Officer at Ballina Hospital, a Medical Officer at John Flynn Hospital, Tugun and a Visiting Doctor at four aged care facilities in Ballina. She has also been a medical volunteer with a Christian outreach program in Papua New Guinea and was a medical volunteer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

For Ann, it’s not all about work. Now that she has finished raising four children, she likes to swim, walk, and perform in the local musical theatre group Ballina Players, where she sings acapella and participates in performances and fundraising concerts.


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Diploma in Obstetrics (Dip Obstetrics)
  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG)


Special interests

  • Dermatology
  • End-of-life care
  • Paediatrics
  • Women’s health