Trained as a medical doctor 28 years ago in Dublin, Ireland, Dr Themba Bulle is a GP in Burnie. In 2008 he attained the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a GP Specialist qualification accredited by the Australian Medical Council. Themba has lived and worked in the USA, UK, Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
In 2011 Themba was a co-founder of Burnie GP Superclinic and Burnie Superclinic, where he worked as a GP until early 2017 when he formed and moved to the South Burnie-based medical practice, the Tasmanian Family Medical (incorporating Southside Family Medical – Burnie).
Themba is a past Vice President of the Tasmanian Division of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, which is charged with the development and maintenance of standards of education and training and quality clinical practice as well as research in general practice.
Themba was a board member of the body which became Primary Health Tasmania, working to help coordinate and connect primary health care services for local communities. He was also a board member of the Rural Workforce Agency for Tasmania which became Health Recruitment Plus, seeking to recruit and retain medical and health professionals to Tasmania.
Currently, Themba is on the Advisory Board for the North West Private Hospital. He is aware of the pressures placed on health and essential services and pledges to work hard to improve the delivery of health and essential services in Braddon. He believes in protecting the health and well-being of the community and fostering a responsible, fairer and healthier society.
He contributes to medical training as a Clinical Examiner for the University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School, including the training of medical students on placement with the Tasmanian Family Medical practice. As a GP Supervisor for General Practice Training Tasmania, Themba trains Registrars. He also assists Registrars and International Medical Graduates seeking admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
As an employer, he believes in the creation by Government of an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Themba maintains active memberships with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Association of Zimbabwe Doctors in Australia, Health Recruitment Plus, Primary Health Tasmania, Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Rotary Club of Burnie, Wynyard Men’s Shed and Rostrum.
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Themba is married to Senzeni and has four children.
Themba’s inspiration is gained by Nelson Mandela and his words, “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter: I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal the view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended”.