Meet the team
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DR BERNARD CARNEY
Dr Bernard Carney, or Barney to those familiar to him, became a consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in 2005 after attending the University of Adelaide for his undergraduate training in medicine. Throughout medical school, he was interested in paediatrics, rural medicine and academia, completing a Bachelor of Medical Science with first class honours at Adelaide University in 1993.
During his internship, he quickly developed an interest in medical and surgical procedures and began basic surgical training in 1996. He worked with the plastic surgical team in the Burns unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital during his first year, which made a lasting impression on him.
Thus, a course was set for plastic surgical training and he began advanced training in 2000, rotating through all plastic surgical units in South Australia, including the Burns Units at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Australian Craniofacial Unit.
In 2002, he had the honour of being called up to be part of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Burns Assessment Team in response to the Bali burns disaster. This involved working in the aftermath of the bombings at the Royal Darwin Hospital, helping to triage and treat the worst affected patients airlifted to Darwin. For this he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal the following year.
Barney undertook post-fellowship training in 2004 as the inaugural Burns Fellow across both the
Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital campuses. In that year, he also worked as the Senior Registrar in the Plastics unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
In 2005, Barney went into practice as a visiting medical specialist in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Burns Surgery at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Borne out of these public appointments, he has endeavoured to have a broad interest in plastic surgery. So when beginning his private practice in 2005, his focus has been on both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, all aspects of breast surgery, hand surgery and skin cancer surgery.
Barney has also provided surgical services to rural South Australia over the last 15 years, initially at Jamestown and expanding to include Clare and Balaklava. While the majority of his regional patients come from north of Gepps Cross, he is happy to see patients from all regions and is comfortable performing telehealth consultations and telephone consultations. The importance of this aspect of his regional practice has been underlined by the events of 2020.
Professionally, Barney is committed to teaching medical students, junior medical staff and plastic surgical trainees through his public appointments. He gives up his private time to be a member of the state regional committee and state executive committee of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
He also is a course instructor and coordinator for Emergency Management of Severe Burns courses run by the Australia New Zealand Burns Association across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Recently, he has also begun volunteering as a surgeon for Interplast, joining other South Australian plastic surgeons travelling to Bhutan to help establish a plastic surgical unit staffed by local surgeons.
In his private life, he is married to a consultant physician and is a busy father of three, managing extensive commitments to ballet, soccer and hockey to name a few. He does his best to keep up with the rest of the family in the surf and on the snow, loving nothing more than being at Horseshoe Bay or Falls Creek.
He has many interests outside of medicine, including literature and art. However, if pushed, he can talk all day about his classic car collection (or his children or Bhutan for that matter). He is a member of the Sporting Car Club of South Australia, the MG Car Club of South Australia and is a founding member of the Old Motor Company of South Australia.
With a background in customer service and extensive experience in working as a medical receptionist and personal assistant, Kylie manages the daily operations of Dr Bernard’s practice. Her interest in medicine prompted her to complete a Diploma in Nursing, and she currently works as an Enrolled Nurse on the Plastics wards. Kylie is committed to health and fitness and enjoys going to the gym in her down time.
As a Registered Nurse since 2017, Georgia has always had a passion for Cosmetic Nursing. She provides pre- and post-operative care under the direct guidance of Dr Bernard, and is also experienced in administering cosmetic injectables. Georgia’s friendly, enthusiastic and compassionate personality makes her clients feel comfortable and confident.