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Sport & Exercise Physician

MBBS, FACSEP, GCSpMed, BAppSci (HMS-Ex Sci)(Hons)

Dr Kira James is a Sport and Exercise Physician who has completed her FACSEP Sport & Exercise Medicine speciality training and settled in Cairns after working across Australia in Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Alice Springs. Kira consults from the rooms at Cairns Orthopaedic Clinic. A referral is required to see Dr James.

Whilst Sport & Exercise Medicine is not just about working with ‘athletes’, Kira has worked with many high-level sporting teams and most recently, was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the 2022 Australian Winter Paralympic team, taking her all the way to Beijing in -15C temps at the bottom of the Snowboard Events.  She is also a Team Doctor for the Australian Swim Team with tours to World and Pan Pacific Championships and has toured internationally with the Australian Men’s Water Polo Team and the Young Matilda’s Football team for a number of years.  Kira is also a published author in Concussion Assessment & Management.

Kira loves regional life and travelling, both in Australia and across the world.  She is keen to participate in all forms of sports and exercise, from running and hiking, to fishing and winter sports.  Her husband is still trying to get her on the bike – this remains a work in progress.  Kira loves learning about new sports and forms of exercise through her patients, is in awe of many of her patients and their own active achievements and is keen to get everyone back to (or start) a journey of love with exercise and feeling healthy.


Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar

MD BSci(Physio) DipMSKMed MTrauma(Ortho)

Dr Dougal Middleton is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physician Registrar based in Cairns.

He grew up in Tasmania before moving to Perth where he completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He completed his Medical degree in Brisbane before moving to Cairns to continue his training, predominantly in the Orthopaedic Department with the goal of becoming a Sport and Exercise Physician. Dougal has furthered his education by completing a Masters in Trauma through the University of Newcastle, and a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dougal has worked with the Cairns Taipans NBL team, the Northern Pride QRL team and local endurance events including the IRONMAN Cairns, The Ultra50 Marathon and The Great Pyramid Race. He has played representative hockey and cricket for Tasmania but has a passion for a wide variety of sports. He has an interest in all aspects of sport and exercise medicine, especially acute injuries and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.

Dr Middleton will be splitting his time between FNQ Sports Medicine and Cairns Hospital and does not require a GP/Doctor’s referral to see patients. He has private acute injury spots available every week. 

Location:            FNQ Sports Medicine @ Cairns Orthopaedic Clinic 225-227 Draper Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870

Phone:               (07) 4040 6260         Fax:    (07) 4040 6261

Referrals:            Healthlink = fnqspmed (& Medical Objects available)