Specialist Radiation Oncologist
Dr Rajendra Hegde is a Specialist Radiation Oncologist with Alfred Health Radiation Oncology. He is based at Gippsland Radiation Oncology which is located within the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital (3 days per week) and Alfred Radiation Oncology, located at the Alfred Hospital in Prahran (2 days per week). He has been with Alfred Health Radiation Oncology since 2008.
Dr Hegde commenced Radiation Oncology training in India, serving in the premier cancer Institute Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai before Migrating to New Zealand in the year 2002. Following this he has had three years of training at the Waikato Hospital, Hamilton as well Auckland Hospital, New Zealand before passing his FRANZCR exams in the year 2005.
He has subspecialty interests in Thoracic, Genito urinary and Non-melanoma skin cancer. He helped to establish the Thoracic Oncology Multi-disciplinary meeting in 2012 and stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment for early-stage lung cancer in 2014 at Gippsland Radiation Oncology. He has extensive experience in treating wide varieties of Non- Melanoma skin Cancer, with specialised treatment units located at both Gippsland Radiation Oncology and Alfred Radiation Oncology.
All referrals to be faxed to (03) 5173 8473
We are a telehealth psychiatric service, dedicated to delivering high-quality psychiatric care in a timely and effective way. Our passion lies in providing support, guidance and treatment options to members of the community at some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. We believe in collaborating closely with GPs in order to obtain the best outcome for our patients. Our telehealth platform is an excellent solution for our GP colleagues, who often manage very complex psychiatric issues in their patients without a great deal of support.
Send referrals to:
Fax: 03 9492 7255
Address: PO Box 6110, West Footscray, VIC 3012
Dr Clare Schofield is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD). Clare completed her dermatology training at one of Australia’s largest dermatology departments, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has consulted for several years in private dermatology clinics in Victoria and Tasmania prior to establishing Melbourne City Dermatology.
Dr Schofield has a particular interest in inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. She also offers cosmetic treatments for solar damage, rosacea, acne scarring, skin laxity and a number of other conditions.
Clare is a consultant dermatologist and training supervisor for the college of dermatologists at The Alfred hospital and has enjoyed teaching medical students and trainee dermatologists for a number of years.
Send referrals to:
Fax: 03 8692 6220
Laparoscopic General & Bowel Surgeon
FRACS, BSc/MBBS (UNSW)
Mr Ravish Jootun is a laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeon who specialises in laparoscopic hernia, gallbladder and bowel surgery. He also performs both colonoscopy and gastroscopy and is actively involved in bowel cancer screening.
He has published several peer-reviewed scientific papers and presented at international conferences. He teaches and lectures on all aspects of general surgical conditions, bowel cancer management and minimally invasive surgery. He is currently the coinvestigator in several studies of robotic and cancer management in the UK. Ravish can cater for all your patient’s surgical issues as he works collaboratively with his other colleagues who can help with other conditions such as breast, thyroid and bariatric conditions.
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder & Upper Limb Surgery
MBBS, FRACS, FAOrthA, MS(Orth), MSpMd
Mr Gayan Padmasekara is a fully qualified, fellowship-trained shoulder and upper limb orthopaedic surgeon. Trained in Australia, he specialises in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the upper limb. He offers a comprehensive upper limb service, treating any shoulder, elbow and wrist condition including upper limb trauma.
Gayan completed his MBBS at Monash University, Melbourne in 2007. Over the next decade, he completed a Masters of Surgery in Orthopaedics and a Masters of Sports Medicine. Gayan completed his Orthopaedic training in Victoria with the Australian Orthopaedic Association and became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2019. He then undertook a sub-specialty fellowship in upper limb surgery with the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.
Gayan is actively involved with teaching, holding public appointments with Monash Health and Austin Health. A keen researcher, he has numerous publications. One of his current research interests includes investigating the cognitive contributors to shoulder symptoms with the goal of improving outcomes to patients with complex shoulder symptoms.
Locally trained, Gayan is committed to Melbourne's South East, holding public and private appointments in the area. He believes in treating his patients ethically and compassionately with a patient-centered and evidence-based approach.
Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist- NewLife IVF
MBBS FRANZCOG MRMED
Dr Hugo Fernandes is a consultant gynaecologist and fertility specialist known for his caring and easy-going clinical manner. He completed his O&G training at Monash Health before undertaking a 2-year Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Fellowship at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. He also holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine. Hugo has public appointments on the Advanced Endosurgical Units at Monash Health and The Royal Women’s Hospital. He offers specialist care from Epworth Richmond, Coburg and Clayton. He regularly attends sessions in Warragul and Mildura and is passionate about providing women living in regional and rural Victoria with access to advanced gynaecological surgery and quality fertility care.
He is an active member of AGES, the peak gynaecological and surgical body in Australasia. He is regularly invited to speak at AGES scientific meetings and is also involved in training new fellows. He is very proud to have been one of the first of three doctors in Australia to be accredited as an ‘AGES Advanced Surgical Fellow’, making him one of only a handful of gynaecologists in Australasia certified to operate at the very highest level of surgical difficulty.
Hugo is particularly proficient in and enjoys using minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques to help manage conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic masses. These can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and Hugo is often referred patients by other O&G specialists for surgery: “I enjoy the complexity and challenge of keyhole surgery, and am still in awe at how quickly patients recover.”
Hugo is known for his relaxed, patient-focused consultations and thoroughly enjoys interacting with and helping couples to become parents: “My partner and I had our own unique struggles in becoming parents, but we now have four girls whom we adore. I get the challenges, the frustration and the tears of trying for a family. Being able to help others achieve their own family is what gets me up in the morning … Well that and four girls wanting breakfast!”
Known for his penchant for 80s love songs and pop while operating (“There is no surgery that isn’t made better with a good 80s mix!”), Hugo also confesses to being a ‘plane nut’ with a love for all things aviation. When he’s not travelling around the world in winged machines, he can be found enjoying a good shiraz, a good coffee or a good dessert (preferably all three!).
A/Prof Alistair Wright trained in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in Melbourne in the late 1990s before moving to Gippsland in 2000.
Currently he is the head of internal medicine at Latrobe Regional Hospital and clinical dean of Monash Medicine at LRH.
Being a farmer in Buln Buln, he is looking forward to providing patients of West Gippsland, respiratory care close to where they live by visiting the Warragul specialist centre every second Monday afternoon.
Having worked in Gippsland for 20 years Alistair is also experienced in cardiology and stroke medicine. Please note that he is not a sleep physician.
Please fax referrals to his Traralgon rooms. Fax no: 5173 8097.
Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist
MBBS, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA
Dr Meena Mittal is a highly qualified and experienced Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist who uses a compassionate and multidisciplinary approach for the care of her patients.
Dr Mittal completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Anaesthetics Fellowship at the Alfred Hospital. Recognising the importance of acute and chronic pain management and the impact it had on quality of life of patients, Dr Mittal went on to achieve an additional fellowship in Pain Medicine.
Dr Mittal is passionate about pain medicine and patient care. Dr Mittal brings an innate ability to relate to patients and colleagues alike. She aims to provide comprehensive care, whilst placing paramount importance on improving the daily functioning of every patient.
Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeon
FRACDS(OMS) MBBS(Hons) BDSc(Hons)
Dr Mr Joseph Gunn is a Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon with degrees in both medicine and dentistry, and extensive further clinical training in surgery.
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a specialty that covers a broad spectrum of conditions that affect the mouth and face. It bridges the two diciplines of medicine and dentistry, and involves procedures that range from the removal of wisdom teeth to major head and neck resections for oral cancer to reconstructive surgery after facial trauma.
General anaesthetic procedures are offered at Neerim South hospital, located 15 minutes from Warragul, and at St John of God Hospital in Berwick, as well as at a number of metropolitan hospitals for those patients with more complicated requirements.
Referrals: Suite 5, Level 10, 20 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Procedural Phlebologist (Specialized treatment of Varicose Veins)
MBBS FRACGP ACP
Dr Param initially worked for over a decade in the field of Emergency and Rural Medicine. He worked extensively in acute and general medicine in Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria. During his time working with very sick patients, he gained an interest in chronic disease conditions and instituting an integrative or holistic approach to treating his patients. He did further training in USA with the Institute of Functional Medicine as well as the Australasian College of Nutritional Medicine. Whilst working with many of his patients, he noticed many of his patients suffering with chronic venous disease and varicose veins.
He then further specialized in the field of Phelbology (Specialized field of Vein Disease), which involves minimally invasive treatments offering excellent outcomes and no down time for patients. Dr Param has dedicated his practice to improving the well being of his patients suffering with Chronic Vein Disease.
Dr Param consults at Warragul Specialist Centre Mondays fortnightly. Referrals need to be sent to:
Warragul Specialist Centre, 197-199 Sutton Street, Warragul 3820
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr Ali Kian Mehr is a fellow of Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) who has long-term experience in management of pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain, and nerve conduction studies. He finished his doctorate of medicine in 1996 and his speciality in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2002.
After 6 years’ experience in management of musculoskeletal pain, he has been qualified as a fellow of AFRM in 2014. Currently he is a pain fellow with the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
Dr Ali Kian Mehr prides himself on an excellent bedside manner, thorough clinical approach, high level of technical expertise, and strong communication with referring practitioners.
He provides the highest standard of assessment and treatment with an emphasis on accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment strategies using a multidisciplinary approach.
FCARCSI, FFPMCAI, FIPP, FFPMANZCA, MSC
Dr Weekes is an extensively trained Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist. He holds special interest in the area of chronic spinal pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and neuromodulation.
His chronic pain training has involved residencies and fellowships in multiple specialist pain centres in Europe and Australia. He holds three pain fellowship exams obtained from Australia, Europe and USA. Dr Weekes has also published several scientific articles in his specialist area and has presented his research internationally.
Dr Weekes has been awarded multiple clinical and research prizes in the field of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has been actively involved in the training of post graduate doctors in preparation for fellowship examinations.
He provides the highest standard of assessment and treatment with an emphasis on accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment strategies using a multidisciplinary approach.
MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA
Jonathan Robin is a Melbourne-based, Fellowship-trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who has a sub-specialist interest in treating patello-femoral instability, knee ligament instability, and degenerative conditions of the knee and hip.
After completing an undergraduate medical degree (MBBS with Honours) at Monash University in 2001, Jonathan completed his Basic Surgical Training and commenced Fellowship training in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2008. During this time he also completed a Postgraduate Doctorate and Thesis through the University of Melbourne and the Orthopaedic Department at Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne under the supervision of Professor H Kerr Graham, a world expert in Paediatric Orthopaedics. He graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 2009.
Jonathan completed his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011 and held Consultant positions at both Western Health and Eastern Health in 2012. From December 2012 to November 2014, Jonathan traveled abroad and completed two highly regarded European Knee Fellowships.
In 2013, Jonathan worked at the prestigious Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol, United Kingdom mentored by Mr Andrew Porteous and Mr Jonathan Eldridge. Jonathan gained invaluable knowledge and skill in dealing with patello-femoral instability and arthritis with Mr Eldridge who is considered to be a global leader and authority in this sub-specialty. Jonathan also gathered significant further experience in primary and revision knee and hip replacement, primary and revision knee ligament reconstruction and periarticular knee osteotomy.
In 2014 Jonathan gained further expertise in another internationally acclaimed knee surgery centre. Mentored by Professeur Philippe Neyret, Jonathan spent six months in Lyon, France at the Centre Albert Trillat in l’ Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse. Attention was focused on French techniques in knee and hip replacement, knee osteotomy and ligament reconstruction. In addition, there was a special interest taken in robotic knee surgery, using state-of-the-art technology. Jonathan was involved in many research projects and completed book chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers as an invited surgeon from many of Europe’s leading knee surgeons.
Jonathan has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. He is on the review panel for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology and EFORT Open Reviews and is a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). Jonathan has a public hospital appointment as a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Box Hill Hospital where he enjoys teaching orthopaedic registrars, medical students and is involved in ongoing orthopaedic research.
Dr Robin is available at Warragul Specialist Centre on Fridays fortnightly.
MBBS, BMedSc, FRACP
Dr Paul Huang is a Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician who graduated from The University of Melbourne. He also completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in Asthma, and undertook his Specialist Training at Monash Health and Box Hill Hospital. He has helped to establish a new pleural and ventilation service at Eastern Health. He holds a Public Specialist appointment at Box Hill and Maroondah Hospitals, and is also an adjunct lecturer with Monash University through his appointment with the Eastern Clinical Research Unit. He has presented, and been a prize winner and section finalist at national conferences including The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and Australasian Sleep Association.
He has clinical interests in the management of both Respiratory and Sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnoea, snoring, excessive tiredness, insomnia, asthma, COPD, lung masses, and cough. He has expertise in bronchoscopy, advanced ventilation and pleural disease. He is able to arrange sleep studies through his affiliations with both public and private sleep facilities.
Dr Paul Huang has appointments once a month on a Monday from Warragul Specialist Centre in Warragul and his appointments go for 15 minutes and new patients are 30 minute consultations.
Dr Huang also does appointments by Telehealth by appointment only.
Physician Endocrine & Diabetes Medicine
Dr Stephen Ah-Kion is a General Physician with interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He has been working with Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon as a Consultant Physician since August 2010. He is currently practising at Warragul Specialist Centre on Thursday afternoons, aiming to offer a service for patients with Diabetes and Endocrine disorders in Gippsland. Dr Ah-Kion graduated from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and trained in General Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology at St James’ and Mater Misericordiae in Dublin. He has been practising for more than 20 years and has published a number of papers on diabetes and endocrinology. He is also currently involved in teaching junior medical staff, as well as medical students, at Monash University School of Rural Health, Traralgon. Dr Ah-kion is fluent in French, Creole, minimal Chinese Hakka and English.
Dr Shafaet Jamil is a Medical Oncologist trained in Victoria, including 1 year of fellowship at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Dr Jamil is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) and a member of national and international Oncology societies, including MOGA, ASCO, ESMO and has a published article in a leading European journal.
He joined the team at Warragul Specialist Centre on 23rd February 2013 and consults on Friday mornings.
Dr Jamil deals with the diagnosis and management of tumour streams including Ovarian/Endometrial Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Melanoma, Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Carcinoma of Unknown Primary, Lymphoma, Chronic Leukaemia (CLL), GBM/Astrocytoma and Multiple Myeloma.
MBBS (Hons), DPM, MD, FRANZCP, Adv Cert C & A Psych.
A/Prof Soumya Basu is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
A/Prof Basu consults twice weekly and one Saturday a month with Warragul Specialist Centre.
Fees and appointment process are advised once your referral has been received.
A/Prof Basu aims to cater to the mental health issues in the youth and adolescent population in the Gippsland area. He is well acknowledged in Gippsland for his expertise in Youth and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Basu has trained in both India and Australia and has more than 16 years of experience in Psychiatry.
After doing a Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM) and MD in Psychiatry in India, he came to Australia and gained his Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has trained to become a Faculty Member of the Child and Adolescent branch of this college. Dr Basu is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and has keen research interests in Youth Mental Health, Early Intervention, Developmental Trauma, Developmental Disabilities including Autism and Early Psychosis. Several of his research papers have been presented in National and International conferences.
A/Prof Basu is fluent in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and and English.
Geriatrician and General Physician
Dr Michael Farber is a Geriatrician and General Physician who received his specialist training in Melbourne (2007 – 2010), including a Geriatrics Fellowship at Monash Health. He obtained his MBBS at Monash University in 2001. He has a public appointment at Northern Hospital as well as having a private clinic at Warragul Specialist Centre Warragul. His areas of interest include cognitive function, dementia and BPSD management, falls and mobility, osteoporosis, capacity assessment, continence and general medicine. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. Dr Farber consults patients on Tuesday afternoons and one Saturday a month at Warragul Specialist Centre Warragul. He also does nursing home and home visits. Dr Farber is fluent in Russian and English.