Dr Georgina Hale MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Dr Hale joined the Buderim Private Hospital as a general medicine and infectious diseases physician in 2015. She has private consulting rooms nearby in Pheasant St and in Suite One at the Sunshine Coast Private University Hospital. She is a member of the hospital’s infection control committee and the antibiotic stewardship team. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Dr Hale’s areas of interest include:
- Hospital acquired and surgical infections and antibiotic management
- Chronic infections including osteomyelitis
- Management of GI symptoms and the microbiome during and after antibiotic therapy
- Management of the microbiome in weight loss before and after bariatric surgery
- Functional abdominal disorders including IBS, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Hospital in the Home (HITH) antibiotic management
Dr Hale gained her medical degree at Monash University (Hon) and after four years of hospital residency, emergency department and family practice rotations, embarked on her specialist training at the Repatriation Hospital in Heidelberg Melbourne. Her advanced training in infectious diseases included ID and microbiology training at the Alfred (VIC), John Hunter (NSW), and Royal North Shore hospitals (NSW). After four years of advanced training, Dr Hale worked as an infectious diseases consultant in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney. Returning to general medicine, she then completed a 2-year research fellowship at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, publishing two clinical trials on the cardiovascular and endometrial effects of plant and soy isoflavones (with professors Claude L Hughes and Noel C Bairey Merz). In 2001, Dr Hale returned to Australia to embark on her PhD at the University of Sydney with Professor Ian Fraser. Continuing on from her studies in Los Angeles, she studied the hormonal dynamics underlying the midlife and menopause transition. As a result, she published several papers and her observations have made an important contribution to the understanding of menopausal health.
During her PhD and for several years after, Dr Hale was the primary specialist physician at the Port Hedland hospital in remote WA, gaining valuable experience in general medicine, community acquired and chronic infections, type II diabetes, heart failure, alcoholic liver disease and indigenous health/ disease. In 2011, she finally left WA and moved to the Sunshine Coast and resumed both general medicine and infectious diseases.