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Our Specialist Doctors

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meet Our Specialist Doctors

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:

Dr Hamna Sahi


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


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


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 Danny Aughsteen




  • 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


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. 


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



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)


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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Out of Pocket fees

Weekdays (Mixed Billing)

Starting from 1st March ,2023
We will still Bulk Bill:
  • Pensioners (any patient 65 years & +)
  • Concession cards Holders; Pension/ Health Care Card Holders /Veteran (DVA) Patients
  • Children under 16 years of age
  • Chronic Disease Management Plans & review
  • Follow up appointments for Investigations/test results ONLY

Weekends (Private Billing)

“Irrespective of Age group & Concession cards, we charge privately to the patients on Weekends and Public Holidays: Please refer to the Billing Chart.”

For more information, please talk to the reception. Thanks


Merrifield City Medical Centre


Private Billing MCMC

Effective From 1st March, 2023