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Dr Owen Latimer was born and grew up in Melbourne and after completing his VCE went on to Monash University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2001. During his undergraduate degree Owen decided to do Medicine with the intention of becoming a General Practitioner; and was accepted into the University of Queensland graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery degree in 2002 and graduated in 2006.

Owen subsequently did an internship and residency at Ipswich Hospital with rotations through most specialty areas, including extensive time in Accident & Emergency and Paediatrics. Owen then did a further 6 months of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital and a further 6 months of Paediatrics.

Owen commenced GP Training in 2010 – the majority of this rurally in Bundaberg at Alexandra Park Medical Centre, one of the most highly awarded practices in Australia. This practice was the 2006 RACGP Australian Practice of the Year and his supervisor Dr Patrick Byrnes, was the 2007 Medical Observer GP of the Year and the 2010 RACGP Australian GP of the Year. Owen successfully passed the national RACGP fellowship exams in 2011 and became a fellow of the RACGP in 2012.

Owen has special interests in Children’s Health, comprehensive Chronic Disease Management (for example, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Asthma) and Skin Cancer diagnosis and management. Accordingly, he has completed postgraduate training in Paediatrics with a Diploma in Child Health through the Children’s Hospital at Westmead/University of Sydney in 2011. Owen is also continuing to do postgraduate training in Skin Cancer with Certificates completed so far in Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Dermatoscopy and Dermal Imaging and Skin Cancer Surgery through the University of Queensland with the intention of completing a Master in Medicine (MMed) in the future.

Owen is married to Dr Cerys Jones and they have a beautiful daughter, Isabelle.