General Practitioners

Active Health Portland have a variety of both Full time and Part time General Practitioners available each day.

Active Health Portland is a teaching clinic and regulalry have both Medical Students and Registrars working alongside our senior General Practioners.

Dr Margaret Garde

Dr Garde arrived in Portland to commence work at what was then “Portland Medical Group” in Otway St in December 1984. Since then she has filled roles in Emergency Medicine, Hospital care, Family Planning, Public Health, Indigenous Health, Chronic Disease Management and more recently has achieved qualifications and experience in Medical Education.

At Active Health she runs continuing education for all health staff and teaches the two medical students who are attached to the clinic.

Dr Garde currently only see’s patients with the student doctors and helps with the overflow of patients while other doctors are on leave. She does not see patients regularly.


Dr Ann Dunbar

Dr Dunbar holds a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edin), a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery St Andrews. She has had extensive experience working as a GP in both Scotland and Australia. Her special  medical interests include women’s health, cardiovascular medicine, travel medicine and migraines.



Dr Samsun Nahar

Dr Samsun comes to Portland after working as a General Practitioner in rural North Queensland. Originally from Bangladesh, Dr Samsun migrated to Australia with her family in 2009.  Dr Samsun’s special interests lie in Women’s Health, Children’s Health and Chronic Disease Management.





Dr Deborah Carrington

Dr Carrington is currently on maternity leave.

Dr Carrington holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) and a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Melbourne in 2008. In 2016 she completed her Diploma of Child Health with the University of Sydney and was also awarded the Richard Clinton Gutch Medal for receiving the highest marks in Victoria in her RACGP Fellowship Examinations. She is currently completing further formal qualifications in breastfeeding management with Australasian Lactation Courses. She completed her Internship and Hospital Residency at Eastern Health in Melbourne and joined Active Health Portland in 2014. In 2019 she will also be working part time as a Registrar Medical Educator for MCCC.

Her special medical interests include Postnatal health and Breastfeeding support, Infant sleep and settling, Women’s health, Paediatrics and Medical Education.


Dr Daryl Pedler

Dr Pedler graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1972 and has extensive experience in both General Practice and Emergency Medicine. His interest in medical education also led to senior teaching roles within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and both Monash and Deakin Universities. Within clinical medicine his interests are in preventive care, health promotion and patient communication.


Dr Ion Pop

Dr Pop comes to Portland from a busy outer-metropolitan health Service. Dr Pop has a passion for primary and preventative medicine. Having grown up in regional South-West Victoria he is committed to making a contribution to our community. Dr Pop has a strong interest in chronic disease management and skin cancer medicine.


Dr Farideh Lashkary

Dr Farideh was born in Iran and was awarded a scholarship to study Medicine in India . While working as a volunteer doctor in an Indian village she met her husband, John. She then moved to Australia and has lived in rural Victoria on a farm for the last 30 years with her husband and daughter. Dr Farideh’s professional interests include mental health and preventive medicine. She enjoys working in country Victoria, having previously been based in Hamilton, Bendigo and Camperdown.



Dr Stephen Sitther

Dr Stephen is our new GP Registrar for 2020. Having been in the hospital setting  at Shepparton, Perth and Kalgoorlie the past 4 years he now looks forward to serving the Portland community in a different way as a general practitioner.  Regional medicine is something he has especially enjoyed having worked in Kalgoorlie for a year. Although he has an interest in acute medicine, Stephen has a strong interest in preventive medicine and gets fulfilment in the wholesome care of a patient.