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MERRIFIELD CITY MEDICAL
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Our GP Staff

Having to travel to Melbourne to visit Specialist doctors is often frustrating, time consuming and for those chronically ill can be very distressing. We are providing the following specialists directly in our clinic:

 

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meet our doctors

GP Doctors

Dr Harsha Aluthge

(FRACGP, MBBS, DFM, RCGP(UK))

Principle GP

Availability: All days

Dr Harsha is an Experienced GP with 19 years of GP experience. He has worked in both Rural and Urban practices in Australia including Visiting Medical officer for Rural Hospitals and Aged Care.

Also he worked as Medical Director in Large Group Practices and Dr Harsha is a Principal and Partner of this clinic.

He has Special Interest in Sports Medicine, Injuries and Rehabilitation. He is a Member and a Panel Sports doctor of Sports Medicine Australia

Also he has Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, Sexual and Reproductive Health and he performs Minor Surgical Procedures

Areas of Interest
– Sports Medicine – Member and a Panel Sports Doctor of Sports Medicine Australia.
– Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery
– Sexual and Reproductive Health
– Minor Surgical Procedures 

Dr Naushad Cassim

(MBBS, FRACGP, MRCGO, DCH)

Principle GP

Dr Naushad is an experienced GP who was trained and worked as a GP in U.K. He has special interest in Children’s Health, Mental Health and Elderly care
 

Areas of Interest
– Child & Adolescent Health
– Mental health
– Elderly care

Dr Aruna Gunasekara

(MD, FRACGP, AMC, DFM)

Principle GP

Dr Aruna is a female GP with more than seventeen years of GP experience. She has worked in many rural and urban Australian practices. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and works as an examiner for the RACGP.
 
Areas of Interest
– Women’s health
– Children’s health
– Chronic disease management

Dr Myint Zaw

(MBBS, FRACGP)

Principle GP

DR Zaw is very experienced GP who has worked in Australia for more than 20 years.
 
Areas of Interest

– Chronic Disease management
– Minor surgery

 

Dr Ahkter Hossain

(MD, FRACGP)

Principle GP

Dr Akhter is a well respected senior GP in this area for more than 10 years
He has worked as a GP in Australia for more than 15 years in Rural, Urban and Suburban areas
He was graduated in Dhaka University Bangladesh and completed his Fellowship in
General Practice in Australia.
 
Areas of Interest
– Children’s Health,
– Women’s Health,
– Minor surgeries – Performs minor surgeries and procedures including Excisions, Ingrown Toe nail resection,
   Insertion and Removal of Implanon etc..
– Chronic Disease management.
 
Language : English & Bengali 
 

Dr Mandeep Sandhu

(MBBS, DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP)

Principle GP

Dr Mandeep is a female General Practitioner, who speaks English and Punjabi. Mandeep grew up in Melbourne and graduated in Australia. She has worked in several metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney before commencing General Practice.
She has attained her General Practice Fellowship through the Eastern Victoria General Practice Training Program and her post-graduate accomplishments include the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Diploma of Child Health. She speaks English and Punjabi.

Areas of interest
– Women’s and Children’s health
– Chronic Disease Management
– Cosmetic Procedures.
– Performs Implanon insertions and removals, IUD removals, cervical screening, and iron infusions. 

Dr. Asim Khan

(MICGP, MBBS, FRACGP)

Principle GP

Dr. Asim Khan is very experienced GP who has been working in this area for long.

Dr Asim  received his medical education and initial training from the University of Punjab in Pakistan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2002. Asim later immigrated to Australia, receiving his Australian Medical Council (AMC) certification in 2012 and Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) in 2017.

Owing to countless years of experience as a GP, Dr Asim is highly skilled in the art of patient healing and always manages to make his patients feel at ease.

He practices in multiple areas within General Practice and has special interests in Men’s health, Family health, Women’s and Children’s health, and Paediatric Care.

He is an experienced GP in Mickleham who believes listening to his patients and motivating them to improve their health is at the heart of how he practices medicine

He has interest in dealing with variety of General practice presentations including Chronic disease management, Children’s Health, Skin Disorders, Minor surgeries etc.

Principle GP

Dr Ala is an experienced GP who has been working in this area for long.

He has vast experience in managing most of the General practice presentations.

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Meet Our Paediatrician

Dr Wasantha Palawela

(Registered Paediatrician)

Dr Wasantha Palawela is a Consultant General Paediatrician, having worked in Paediatrics since 2004.
He completed his undergraduate degree (MBBS) at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Diploma in Child Health (DCH) in 2008 and Doctor of Medicine in Paediatrics (MD) in 2011 after having his training in Newcastle General Hospital, UK, Ealing Hospital, London, UK and Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, Colombo (LRH).
After working in Sri Lanka as a Consultant Paediatrician, including at LRH he completed work of another 18 months in North Manchester General Hospital, UK prior to relocating to Australia in 2015.
He completed Australian training (FRACP) as a General Paediatrician in 2018. He also works as a Paediatrician in General Paediatrics and Neonatology units at Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton. He is conducting clinics in General Paediatrics, Behaviour and Development and Diabetes at present in public sector. He is involved in clinical teaching of medical students in University of Melbourne rural campus as an Honorary Lecturer. 

Practice Philosophie
Wasantha believes in approaching health of children and adolescents in a holistic way. He aims to empower families, children and adolescents to take ownership and advocate for their own health. He enjoys working in a multi- disciplinary partnership with general practioners, educators, allied health professionals and paediatric sub-specialists to help children to reach their full potential. 

Clinical Interests

– Growth concerns and feeding problems.
– Developmental problems (Developmental delay, Learning difficulties)
– Behavioural problems (Autism, ADHD, other challenging behaviours)
– Asthma, eczema and food allergies
– Management and coordination of care for children with chronic illnesses or complex needs 

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meet our Practice Nurse

Practice Nurse

Hemantpreet Kaur

(Registered Nurse)

Principle GP

Registered Nurse Accredited for doing Pap Smears (Cervical Screening).

Areas of Interest
– Cervical Screening
– Immunisations
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meet our Cosmetic Nurse

Cosmetic Nurse

Gayani D.M. is a registered cosmetic nurse

Gayani D.M.

(Registered Cosmetic Nurse)

Gayani D.M. is a registered cosmetic nurse, specialized in both cosmetic nursing and as a GP practice nurse. She has been working as a registered nurse for more than 15 years in different disciplines. Now she is performing cosmetic treatments such as,
– PRP facial treatment
– PRP hair loss treatment
– Micro needling
– Mesotherapy
– Professional Chemical peeling and deep cleanup facials

Offer free consultation for daily skin care treatment with dermaceutic cosmetic products.
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Meet our Podiatrist

Joel Joseph

Joel Joseph

(Podiatrist)

Joel Joseph is an experienced podiatrist who completed his Major in Anatomy and Physiology and Masters in Podiatric Practice from La Trobe University, Melbourne. 

As a podiatry student, Joel worked at a podiatry-based footwear store where he obtained knowledge about footwear and biomechanical assessments. 

Before taking on his current role, Joel worked as a podiatrist in various clinical and aged care settings in Adelaide for two years and in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for several years.  

Joel enjoys the everyday challenge of treating all aspects of foot health and has a special interest in biomechanics, diabetic foot care, children’s foot health, Podiatry Ingrown Nail Surgeries, and encouraging his clients to improve personal health and fitness to help them mobilise with ease.

When not working Joel enjoys spending time with his family, his dog – Zorro and keeps active playing soccer, basketball and going for long runs with Zorro. 

Joel’s experience with working in a Podiatry based footwear store along with a sporting background has assisted him in enhancing his expertise in sports podiatry and in the management of athletes of all ages with footwear advice, running analysis and training, orthotics and any foot and lower limb injuries. 

Joel is passionate about providing holistic and person-centred care where each person is treated unique.  All aspects of the person’s life and body are taken into consideration to personalise a management plan to optimise patient mobility and maximise their quality of life by providing high quality foot care. 

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Meet our Physiotherapist

Tara Kosuri

(Physiotherapist )

Tara is the Director and Principal Physiotherapist at Inspire Physio Care. She has completed her bachelors and post grad Diploma from University of Melbourne. She has 20 years’ experience, and her area of specialization is in Musculoskeletal and Women’s health Physiotherapy. 

The services we offer are:

  1. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  2. Injury prevention and management
  3. Spinal conditions
  4. Geriatric rehabilitation.
  5. Chest physiotherapy for pulmonary conditions.
  6. Strength training, Sports performance & Sports injury/rehabilitation
  7. Growth Spurt Injuries
  8. Clinical Pilates
  9. Massage- Remedial and Myotherapy
  10. Dry Needling
  11. LASER
  12. Shockwave therapy
  13. Hydrotherapy
  14. Exercise prescription for chronic disease management
  15. Women’s Health -Pelvic floor assessments for continence and Prolapse Management.
  16. Antenatal and post-natal care
  17. Pre & Post operative care 

 

We provide our services to

  1. Workcover, Comcare and Injury Net
  2. TAC
  3. DVA
  4. Care plans (EPC)
  5. We offer Pensioner’s discount to support our elderly patients
  6. Private clients (we are affiliated with all private health insurances and are preferred providers with some of the major private health insurances and this enable a better rebate for the client). 

Dr Chiranjal Saikia

(Sunny) (MBBS)

Year joined – February 2019.
Availability – Monday, Tuesday, Friday and every alternate Saturdays.

Dr Sunny has been working as a full-time GP for the last 4 years in Victoria. Prior to moving as GP he worked as an emergency medicine doctor in Sydney, NSW for 4 long years where he had vast experience in dealing with innumerable medical and surgical emergencies. He is interested in adolescent health, Men’s sexual health, woman and child health along with complex chronic disease management of elderly population in the community.

Dr Sunny is a keen researcher and successfully participated in a WHO project in collaboration with Bloomberg school of tropical medicine USA.

He is competent in various surgical procedures including skin cancer surgery, skin lesion checkup by Dermatoscope, Mental health consultations, general health screening and chronic pain management. He believes in holistic approach of medicine to stay healthy and love to enjoy his free time with family. 

Dr Kathy Roque

(MBBS, USA)

Joined 2018

Dr Cathy has been a qualified GP since 1994 and trained in the USA as Paediatrician in 2005.

From 2002-2005 Dr Cathy was a Resident of Paediatrics at Mt Sini Medical; Centre in the USA. In 2010 Dr Cathy came to Australia and worked in Sunshine Hospital and Bendigo hospital in general medicine, emergency, Geriatrics, Palliative care, Rehab and Paediatrics. From 2015 Dr Cathy moved to Cairnlea Super clinic in Victoria as a GP and has recently relocated to our area with her family.

In addition to the above Dr Cathy has trained and certified in the following.

– Implanon NXT Training Program
– Antenatal and Postnatal Shared Care
– Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine
– Certificate in Dermoscopy
– Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures
– Mental Health Skills Training 

Dr Danny Aughsteen

(MBBS, FRACGP)

Joined 2015
Special Interest: General Medicine, Skin Liaisons, Fracture Management, Procedural & Surgical
Availability: Weekdays 

Dr Matthew Hoo

(MBBS, RACGP)

Dr Matthew Hoo is a fully qualified General Practitioner who has practiced medicine in Australia for the past 8 years. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne who has served for 5 years in metropolitan Melbourne, and a further 3 years in general practice, serving the rural communities of North East Victoria and South NSW.

In this time he has had 4 years of training in adult medicine, giving him an appreciation of the complexities of diagnostic testing, the role of specialists and their pharmacological interventions. His 3 years of general practice in rural Australia has given him a broader approach to medicine where he has learnt to competently diagnose and manage many conditions where hospitals and specialists are not readily available.

He has a special interest in diagnostics, adult medicine, mental health, patient advocacy and preventative medicine. He is procedurally competent in performing skin cancer excisions, foreign body removals from eyes and ears and the management of simple fractures. He prides himself in having good communication between his patients and their managing specialists, desiring to foster collaboration to achieve the best health outcomes possible for them. 

Dr Aluthge Harsha

(MBBS , FRACGP)

Joined: 2019
Special Interest : General Medicine
Availability : Saturday 

Dr Ameen is an experienced GP who has worked in various locations in Australia since 2010, including emergency departments and GP clinics.

Dr Ameen is skilled in managing chronic illness, children/women’s and mental health, along with trauma cases. He has a special Interest in Skin Cancer management and experienced in all skin cancer checkups, surgeries and able to complete necessary procedures for removal and appropriate management as required/ 

Dr Golam Mamun

(MBBS , FRACGP , FRNZCGP)

Dr Harsha Aluthge

(FRACGP, MBBS, DFM, RCGP(UK))

Dr Chiranjal Saikia

(Sunny) (MBBS)

Dr Kathy Roque

(MBBS, USA)

Specialist Doctors

Dr Hamna Sahi

MBBS, FRACP

Respiratory Physician

Dr Hamna Sahi is an Australian based Health professional. She has completed her specialist training at Peninsula Health, Eastern Health and Monash Health during her training and acquired a Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine with The Royal Australasian College of Physicians the in 2016.

Dr Sahi is an active member of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and European Respiratory Society member.

Her main specialty interests are asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, respiratory infections, bronchiectasis, chronic cough and lung mass diagnostics including imaging modalities and bronchoscopy. He other interests include perioperative assessment and care.

In research she recieved College accreditation on exploring the nexus between pulmonary emphysema in cystic fibrosis detected by lung densitometry on low dose computed tomography (CT) of chest at Monash Health 2014. She also contributed to research projects focusing on quality of life of patients on home based ventilatory support at Austin Health 2013.

Mr Richard Pennington

BSc(Hons), MBBS, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), FRACS, FAOrthA

Orthopaedic and Upper Limb Surgeon

Richard is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in upper limb conditions from the shoulder to thte hand, as well as knee injuries and arthritis.

Richard operates at North Park Private Hospital as well as in the public at both Northern and Eastern Health.

Richard strongly believes that all treatment, both operative and non-operative, should be focused on evidence based medicine. He works closely and collaboratively with allied health professionals to optimise patient outcomes from initial consultation to full recovery.

Specialising in the management of:
Rotator cuff problems
Shoulder instability
Shoulder arthritis
Elbow and wrist arthritis
Carpal tunnel and nerve compression syndromes
Dupuytren’s Disease
Sports injuries and hamstring problems
Orthopaedic trauma
Knee arthritis and knee injuries. 

Dr. Yasmin Sheikh

MBBS, FRACP

Consultant physician in geriatric medicine

Dr. Sheikh is currently working as a Geriatrician in public and private sector. She undertook her physician’s specialty training at Royal Melbourne and Western Health. She has special interest in Cognition / Dementia and Continence. In addition to providing care for older people with complex problems in the community, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and management of geriatric syndromes.

Dr Mark Ng

FRACP, MBBS, BMedSc

Endocrinologist and Diabetes Physician

Dr Mark Ng, consultant endocrinologist is pleased to announce commencement of private practice at Wallan. He currently consults at Northpark Private hospital and the Bayside suburbs of Melbourne and is Endocrinologist at the Austin Hospital

Dr Jasmine Grewal

MBChB, FRACP

Cardiologist

Services

  • Cardiology Consultation
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • 24 hour Holter monitor
  • 24 hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
  • (Free – No Charge)
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)
  • Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI 

Dr Rachel Cooke

BSc (Med Sci) Hons, MBChB, FRACP, FRCP

Haematologist

Available Wednesdays

Proficient in managing patients with malignant conditions including chronic leukemia and lymphoma, as well as non-malignant conditions such as blood clots, bleeding disorders and anaemia. 

Endocrinologist

Available Wednesdays
Specialising in Diabetic care, Weight Management, Osteoporosis management, Thyroid, Pituitary, Adrenal disorders and Gestational Diabetic. 

Consultant cardiologist

Having qualified from the University of Adelaide in 1998, Balan commenced basic cardiology training (2003) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA. He undertook further general cardiology training at the National Heart Centre, Singapore, returning to Flinders Medical Centre (SA) in 2006, after completing 18 months sub speciality training in Echocardiography and General Cardiology. Balan completed Cardiology specialist qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2007. In 2008 he commenced 2.5 years research of heart failure and kidney impairment at The Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria. He worked on basic science and clinical research exploring uremic toxins on heart function and novel kidney biomarkers. In 2011, he took up a position as Staff Cardiologist at the Royal Darwin Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital. In the Northern Territory he started 3 ethics approved projects with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alice Springs and Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit South Australia, exploring Indigenous patients’ health journey, self-management and post marketing research in heart failure. He returned to Melbourne in 2015. In addition to clinical work he continues research as a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University Northern Territory Medical School with local and external collaborators. Despite building a busy clinical practice, he is keen to maintain research interest to help close clinical gaps for heart failure in the fields of self-management, disease management programs, clinical audits and targeted bedside to bench basic research for the Western region. From his research he has received several awards and honors, such as: Australian Postgraduate Award, RACP Fellows Contribution Award, Heart Foundation and Health Professional Scholarship. He is an editor on several cardiac journals, has authored an editorial series, 25 research articles and book chapters. He is a fellow of the RACP and CSANZ. 

Dr Raouf Bassily

MBBS, FRACP

Gastroenterologist

Dr Raouf Bassily has more than 25 years experience as a clinician and more than 20 years experience as a gastroenterologist. Raouf has an interest in community gastroenterology especially Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease / Ulcerative Colitis), Functional Bowel Disorders (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Coeliac disease, Colorectal cancer, and polyps. He is highly experienced in performing gastroscopy and colonoscopy.

He is a Gastroenterologist at The Northern Hospital and consults privately at GastroNorth. He commences consulting at Wallan Medical and Specialist Centre on 16th August, once a month on a Friday.

All appointments for Dr Bassily at Wallan Medical and Specialist Centre can be made by contacting GastroNorth on 9468 9700. 

Ravil Lulla

(M.A Social Work M.Phil, MAASW,ACSW)

Counsellor

I am a highly skilled counsellor with over 30 years experience in the field of mental health & program development in Australia, Hong Kong and India in a range of settings including Australian universities, medical and counselling centres, community health and UNHCR refugee camps,
As a counsellor I work within a collaborative trauma informed client centred approach which focuses on improving skills and working towards solutions through reflective practice and insight. I have specialized training in CBT, clinical hypnosis, mindfulness practice, ACT, brief therapy, and NLPAreas of specialty and interest include:

  • General Counselling
  • Mental Health and Trauma Counselling
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Adolescent and family issues.
  • Workplace Stress
  • Problems adjusting to school/university
  • Drug and alcohol misuse counselling
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Comprehensive assessments 

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