Dr Tim O'Brien
Dr Tim O’Brien graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Queensland in 2011. He then completed three years at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. He also spent time at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and three rotations in rural hospitals. Dr O’Brien joined Sunnybank Hills Medical Centre in January 2016. Dr Tim gained his fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2017.
Dr Tim is a dynamic and engaging doctor. He looks after a range of conditions within his general practice. In addition to this he also services three aged care facilities during his week. He finds this brings an interesting mix of medicine and conversations with some interesting people. He takes great pride in caring for the elderly and vulnerable.
Dr Tim currently works Monday to Friday, plus every second Saturday.
Favourite thing about being a GP
The complexity and variety of what my patients bring. I like that I never really know what the next consult will bring. When I engage with someone I find that I can learn something off the person – whether it be about their condition, their job or their past experiences. I enjoy my approach to general practice which I try to keep both relaxed and thorough. I find that by giving the patient enough time and doing things right the consult is so much more satisfying for both myself and the patient.
I love that in general practice I can witness the outcome of the intervention. I can see a person whose battling their depression, work with them and then see their function return. This brings me great satisfaction and makes me thoroughly enjoy general practice.
My first job was working at a video store. I know a lot about movies and television. Probably because I watch so much. This was a great job for me. I find that there are some similarities to general practice. In both jobs I get to chat to people, get to know them and what their interests are.
Touch football, tennis, movies and music. I’m very active and like to try to set a good example for my patients. I find one of the best health interventions for anyone can be exercise. I’m always after any exercise tips from my patient. Some of the most satisfying consults come about when I can motivate a patient to make exercise a part of their life.
Philosophy of Practice
“I love general practice. As a doctor it allows me to treat as well as prevent disease. Every new patient is a new experience and an opportunity to help. I am passionate about evidence based medicine, education and patient advocacy.”