Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service provides quality holistic healthcare for people in the Worimi Nation.

We are based in Forster, NSW and promote wellbeing through a range of healthcare services and lifestyle programs.

Our Practitioners

Our team of professional practitioners are dedicated to maintaining the highest standard.

Dr Patricia Sweeney MB.BS, Dip RACOG

Dr Patricia Sweeney has been working as a GP in Aboriginal Health Service for more than 25 years, Dr Sweeney has extensive experience in all aspects of general practice. Particular interest in preventive health, women’s and children’s health.

Dr. Mary Jane Micua, B.S.Medical Technology, MBBS, Diploma in Child health, FRACGP

Dr Mary Jane completed her medical degree in the Philippines and trained in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Emergency Medicine before migrating to Australia. She has worked in various hospitals in Sydney including St. George Hospital, The Sutherland Hospital and Calvary Hospital prior to attaining fellowship in General Practice.

She enjoys the coastal lifestyle with her family so she has chosen to practice general medicine in the area. Mary Jane’s special interests are: women’s health, paediatrics, general medicine and skin cancer (certificates in skin cancer and dermoscopy).

A/Prof Peter O’Mara FRACGP,FARGP, Grad Dip Rural

Dr Peter O’Mara is from the Wiradjuri people of NSW. Peter has worked with the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service since 2002, and describes himself as an Aboriginal man who loves being a doctor. Peter loves working one on one with his patients and finds a source of satisfaction in the knowledge that, in his own small way, the work that he does contributes toward closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes.

In 2008, Peter pursued his other passion – making good doctors – and took on the position of Associate Professor, Indigenous Medical Education and Head of Discipline, Indigenous Health at Newcastle University. Peter has been a member of the AIDA Board for 8 years and President from 2009-2012.

Dr Karen Nicholls.  B.Med, FRACGP, DCH

Dr Karen Nicholls is a Torres Strait Islander who enjoys working in General Practice, especially with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Her interests in medicine include most aspects of general practice including Women and Childrens Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.  Dr Karen Nicholls especially enjoys being involved education of the next generation of General Practitioners. 

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are vital for setting the strategic direction of our practice, establishing our vision and overseeing all areas of our services and programs.

  • Donna Hall


  • Lee Simon

    Deputy Chairperson

  • Jay Currie


  • Debbie Simon
  • Pam Paulson
  • Jye Simon
  • Terry Johnstone

Our Vision

We aim to provide the highest standard of client care whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness. We are committed to promoting health, wellbeing and disease prevention to all clients. We do not discriminate in the provision of excellent care and aim to treat all clients with dignity and respect.

Our Values

Our practice follows certain values, in our mission to provide quality holistic healthcare. These values include:

  • Transparency
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Wellbeing
  • Provision of culturally appropriate care