Practitioner Profile

Dr Gavan White

Dr Gavan White graduated in 1980. He trained in Melbourne through the University of Melbourne. Hospital training was at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg.

Extensive experience in general practice was gained in Esperance from 1985, with him training in Obstetrics at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth In 1987.

Dr White continued to practice in Margaret River, where he worked from 1989 until 2006.

Dr White has practiced broadly in general practice and provided all aspects of general practice, women's health, men's health, paediatric care, obstetrics, office surgery, hospital minor surgery, hospital admissions, accident and emergency and home visits.

His interest in sports medicine developed early in his general practice career where it was obvious that medical school training did not cover this area well. He achieved a certificate in spinal manipulative therapy before progressing to study for a Masters degree in sports medicine.

Since that time, Dr White has been providing a specialised sports medicine practice to the South West in both Margaret River as well as in Bunbury. He now provides this full time in Bunbury. He attends regular conferences and improves his skills and knowledge through study and teaching.


MBBS (Univ of Melb)






Grad Dip Fam Med (Monash Univ)


Cert Manual Therapy (RACGP)


Masters Sports Med (Univ of NSW)


Fellow SDrA 2005

Positions held

Assistant lecturer (UWA)

Medical students

Examiner (RACGP)

Post graduate GPs

Education committee member (RACGP)

GP registrar training

WAGPET GP Registrar training
RACGP Chair - Curriculum review committee Sports medicine curriculum
SDrA - President Sports Doctors Group
SMA National Conference Speaker/presenter
University of Western Australia Associate Professor

Dr White's major interest is in sports medicine. He has developed this interest over some time and is able to provide this service as well as draw on a wealth of general practice experience.

Dr Gill Cowen

Dr Gill Cowen graduated from the University of London Royal Free Medical School in 2002. She has gained significant experience in a wide range of medical areas through hospital and private practice based work.

She attained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2010 and has gone on to achieve her Master's degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2011.

Dr Cowen has considerable experience in team sports, both as a player as well as team doctor positions. She has had posts as team doctor for the South Fremantle WAFL football club, the course doctor for the Etchells world sailing championships as well as her current position as team doctor for the Peel Thunder WAFL football club.

Dr Cowen works as a GP and sports doctor. This combination provides a wonderful ersource for the athlete through to the weekend warrior. She has a special interest in youth sports medicine as well as Team based sport.


MBBS (University of London)


MA (Oxon) (University of Oxford)




Masters Sports Med (Univ of Qld)


Positions held

South Fremantle WAFL football club

Team Doctor 2007-09

Etchells World Sailing Championship

Course Doctor 2006 -07

Peel Thunder WAFL football club

Team Doctor 2011 on

Sports Medicine Australia Member
Sports Doctors Australia Committee Member
ACSP Associate Member
RACGP Faculty of Specific Interest Chair

Dr Justin Marshall

Justin Graduated from Nottingham Medical School, England, in 2000.

He worked for 8 years in Emergency Medicine. Paediatrics, General Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care before emigrating to WA in 2008.

He then trained as a GP and completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Medicine in 2004 and has worked at Synergy Sports Medicine since 2011.

He attended an upskilling course in Diagnostic Ultrasound at the Australian Institute of Ultrasound in 2015 and performs a range of ultrasound guided injections to complement his clinically guided injections skills where appropriate.

He is interested in seeing new and longstanding injuries to any body region but particularly enjoys doagnosis and assisting in the rehabilitation of shoulders and the sacroiliac joint.

Justin played Rugby Union until age 24 and has completed triathlons to Half Ironman distance. Various knee and shoulder injuries have led to stopping team and impact sports and he now keeps active with bush and mountain walking with his family and loves cycling in the Ferguson Valley.


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