About Us

Our team at Northwest family Medical endeavours to facilitate the delivery of high quality health care in a friendly and modern environment. Working in conjunction with our Allied Health Partners we encompass all aspects of your health and well-being.
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About Dr Chris Gittoes

About Dr Chris Gittoes

Country boy turned Doctor

Spent his formative years on family farm at Maules Creek, Boggabri NSW. His first full time job was as a stockman (ringer) on a cattle station near Cloncurry in western QLD in the late 70s. Obtained an Agricultural Science Degree (agricultural economics major) from the University of New England Armidale in the early 80’s after which he combined his cattle station experience and his formal qualifications and worked for the QLD Department of Primary industries as an Agricultural Economist in the North QLD beef industry. He then worked in commercial finance with a Japanese Merchant Bank (Sanwa) before establishing a food manufacturing business in Brisbane combined with some business consultancy work.

In his mid-thirties, with a young family, he began the arduous journey to becoming a Rural Doctor which included a postgraduate degree in animal nutrition and biochemistry, followed by a postgraduate medical degree from the University of Queensland. He underwent post graduate medical training in Tamworth base hospital in emergency medicine and obstetrics and has worked as a GP in Gunnedah since 2004 and has completed his GP specialty training and holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Dr Gittoes is an accredited GP registrar trainer with GP Synergy, one of the GP training organizations in NSW.

He is also a past President of the NSW Rural Doctors Association.

With his wife, Geneveive, he has three adult children and in his spare time, he operates a small beef cattle farm south of Gunnedah.

Dr Saima Arshad

Dr Saima Arshad joined Northwest Family Medical in June 2022. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Current Registrars:

  • Dr Marivi Allaga


  • Nichole Carylon (RN)
  • Elizabeth King (EEN)
  • Jade Jones (EEN


  • Dominique Gittoes
  • Meaghan Kelly
  • Kim McArthur
  • Diana Richards
  • Georgina White (Practice Manager)